What we do

Leicester Startups is a community for existing & aspiring entrepreneurs. We organise and promote mentoring, talks, advice, collaboration and workspace offerings with a “give first” ethos. Find out more…

We’re able to do this thanks to the very generous startup community and partner organisations. For 2023, we’re being sponsored by The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity, which provides interest-free loans for new startup founders and existing businesses needing investment. Find out more about these and our other partners below…

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Upcoming Events
February 29, 2024
calendar_today Feb 29, 2024 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Thu
29

If you've ever wondered what it really looks like to pitch to experienced investors (forget Dragon Den), then this is the event for you.

We started an informal Investment Club in June 2022 and we're now opening this up as a public session. We've created this as a safe place for startups to practice pitch in front of seasoned investors who'll provide advice, guidance and possibly a few suitable connections.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/794065791157?aff=oddtdtcreator

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March 7, 2024
calendar_today Mar 07, 2024 | 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
place DMU Innovation Centre
Thu
07

VentureVersity is a newly funded collaboration between Leicester, Loughborough and De Montfort Universities plus the wider local entrepreneurial community to help turn academic ideas into commercial reality via spin-outs and business collaborations.

We're inviting academics, business founders, suppliers, investors, students, graduates, mentors, and anyone else interested, to join us at one or more of our three VentureVersity Mixer Sessions.

These sessions will enable academic researchers to showcase their innovative ideas and foster the formation of project teams by leveraging the collective skills, time, resources, facilities, and data available in our local innovation ecosystem.

Successful applicants will receive support from friendly experienced entrepreneurs, advisors, and investors, plus a chance to win funding of up to £60,000 and a place on a unique commercialisation accelerator programme.

Visit http://ventureversity.org/ to see a selection of exciting ideas waiting for collaborators like you.


Register here: VentureVersity | Eventbrite

Where & When?

This event is on Thursday 7th March 12:30pm – 3pm at De Montfort University Innovation Centre

We strongly encourage you to register for the other VentureVersity Mixer Sessions to maximise networking and collaboration opportunities:-

Monday 11th March 10am – 12:30pm at Loughborough University Westpark Teaching Hub

Thursday 14th March 5:30pm – 8pm at University of Leicester Brookfield

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March 11, 2024
calendar_today Mar 11, 2024 | 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
place West Park Teaching Hub
Mon
11

VentureVersity is a newly funded collaboration between Leicester, Loughborough and De Montfort Universities plus the wider local entrepreneurial community to help turn academic ideas into commercial reality via spin-outs and business collaborations.

We're inviting academics, business founders, suppliers, investors, students, graduates, mentors, and anyone else interested, to join us at one or more of our three VentureVersity Mixer Sessions.

These sessions will enable academic researchers to showcase their innovative ideas and foster the formation of project teams by leveraging the collective skills, time, resources, facilities, and data available in our local innovation ecosystem.

Successful applicants will receive support from friendly experienced entrepreneurs, advisors, and investors, plus a chance to win funding of up to £60,000 and a place on a unique commercialisation accelerator programme.

Visit http://ventureversity.org/ to see a selection of exciting ideas waiting for collaborators like you.


Register here: VentureVersity | Eventbrite

Where & When?

This event is on Monday 11th March 10am – 12:30pm at Loughborough University Westpark Teaching Hub

We strongly encourage you to register for the other VentureVersity Mixer Sessions to maximise networking and collaboration opportunities:-

Thursday 7th March 12:30pm – 3pm at De Montfort University Innovation Centre

Thursday 14th March 5:30pm – 8pm at University of Leicester Brookfield

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March 14, 2024
calendar_today Mar 14, 2024 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thu
14

Elevate IQ: Business & Brains is a casual networking event where DMU combine a “pub quiz” and a keynote talk from a local business person who can share their entrepreneurial story with everyone. De Montfort University entrepreneurs and start-ups on the Crucible, plus local businesses will be attending to hear different stories and it gives local business leaders a chance to share their knowledge.



https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/elevate-iq-business-and-brains-quiz-networking-tickets-732691137917?aff=oddtdtcreator

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calendar_today Mar 14, 2024 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
place University of Leicester School of Business
Thu
14

VentureVersity is a newly funded collaboration between Leicester, Loughborough and De Montfort Universities plus the wider local entrepreneurial community to help turn academic ideas into commercial reality via spin-outs and business collaborations.

We're inviting academics, business founders, suppliers, investors, students, graduates, mentors, and anyone else interested, to join us at one or more of our three VentureVersity Mixer Sessions.

These sessions will enable academic researchers to showcase their innovative ideas and foster the formation of project teams by leveraging the collective skills, time, resources, facilities, and data available in our local innovation ecosystem.

Successful applicants will receive support from friendly experienced entrepreneurs, advisors, and investors, plus a chance to win funding of up to £60,000 and a place on a unique commercialisation accelerator programme.

Visit http://ventureversity.org/ to see a selection of exciting ideas waiting for collaborators like you.

Register to attend here: VentureVersity | Eventbrite


Where & When?

This event is on Thursday 14th March 5:30pm – 8pm at University of Leicester Brookfield

We strongly encourage you to register for the other VentureVersity Mixer Sessions to maximise networking and collaboration opportunities:-

Thursday 7th March 12:30pm – 3pm at De Montfort University Innovation Centre

Monday 11th March 10am – 12:30pm at Loughborough University Westpark Teaching Hub

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March 21, 2024
calendar_today Mar 21, 2024 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu
21

Coders Night is an exciting and informative evening dedicated to providing both beginner and experienced programmers with the tools to improve their coding skills. This event features a variety of activities designed to help you learn and grow, including networking opportunities, peer learning, and discussions with like-minded professionals.

https://www.linkedin.com/events/codersnight-leicester7152658531945443328/

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April 18, 2024
calendar_today Apr 18, 2024 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thu
18

Elevate IQ: Business & Brains is a casual networking event where DMU combine a “pub quiz” and a keynote talk from a local business person who can share their entrepreneurial story with everyone. De Montfort University entrepreneurs and start-ups on the Crucible, plus local businesses will be attending to hear different stories and it gives local business leaders a chance to share their knowledge.



https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/elevate-iq-business-and-brains-quiz-networking-tickets-732691137917?aff=oddtdtcreator

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calendar_today Apr 18, 2024 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu
18

Coders Night is an exciting and informative evening dedicated to providing both beginner and experienced programmers with the tools to improve their coding skills. This event features a variety of activities designed to help you learn and grow, including networking opportunities, peer learning, and discussions with like-minded professionals.

https://www.linkedin.com/events/codersnight-leicester7152658531945443328/

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May 15, 2024
calendar_today May 15, 2024 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wed
15

Elevate IQ: Business & Brains is a casual networking event where DMU combine a “pub quiz” and a keynote talk from a local business person who can share their entrepreneurial story with everyone. De Montfort University entrepreneurs and start-ups on the Crucible, plus local businesses will be attending to hear different stories and it gives local business leaders a chance to share their knowledge.



https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/elevate-iq-business-and-brains-quiz-networking-tickets-732691137917?aff=oddtdtcreator

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June 13, 2024
calendar_today Jun 13, 2024 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thu
13

Elevate IQ: Business & Brains is a casual networking event where DMU combine a “pub quiz” and a keynote talk from a local business person who can share their entrepreneurial story with everyone. De Montfort University entrepreneurs and start-ups on the Crucible, plus local businesses will be attending to hear different stories and it gives local business leaders a chance to share their knowledge.



https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/elevate-iq-business-and-brains-quiz-networking-tickets-732691137917?aff=oddtdtcreator

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