• #1 Instaprint "Best UK Cities for Millennial Start-Ups"

  • #2 Barclays’ SME Growth Factors Index "best cities in the UK in which to start a business"

  • #3 Instant Office’s "UK’s Most Entrepreneurial City 2018" Ranking

  • UK #1 for increase in digital business births 2006-16 at 568%

  • #4 Paymentsense "best UK cities to start a business in 2019"

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Young Innovators Awards offering a change to win grants, living allowance & tailored support

Young people aged 18-30 can apply for an award to make their business idea a reality. The Award includes a £5,000 grant, business support and a living allowance.  Innovate UK is working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust to find young people from across the UK with great business ideas. Their goal is to find […]

Video Streaming startup seeks a front end developer

We are a small video streaming startup offering a simple video streaming platform on a revenue share bases to sports associations and clubs. We are reaching the end of out first development cycle and have already sold our product to several sports associations and are seeking a front end UI/UX developer to assist in tidying […]

DMU open registration for student & graduate startup school

DMUworks ran two successful online Startup Summer Schools for DMU students and graduates during lockdown. Due to huge demand, they are running them again this November and registration is now open.   There will be two lots of workshops – one for product-based businesses and one for service-based businesses.   Autumn Product-based Startup School: 3/4/5 […]

Help shape support for start-ups in the East Midlands – MIT REAP / LLEP Project

As part of a project called REAP which is working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) the Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) is gathering information on how it can better help entrepreneurs in the region (more info here).  If you have thought about setting up or have started a business recently, have your voice heard by […]

Last call for MSDUK Innovation Challenge 2020

The extended deadline for MSDUK’s Innovation Challenge 2020 is July 31st. If you’re an ethnic minority business or founde with a new idea that can make the world a better place then teh MSDUK Innovation Challenge could get it in front of global brands and investors. Apply and get noticed by industry and the business […]

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Next Events

August 12, 2020
Wed
12
Female Founders Club - Round Table
Location: Online event

The entrepreneurial journey can be full of change, uncertainty and loneliness. It can sometimes be difficult to focus and reflect on your next steps. This round table is there to help support you with open and frank discussions about the challenges you are facing. Each session will start with a group discussion reflecting on the previous week, each founder will have a chance to share their weekly challenges and contribute to supporting other founders. Then each founder will be supported in setting goals for the next week! Details and tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/female-founders-round-table-tickets-101662007802

August 14, 2020
Fri
14
Startup Help Desk
Location: Zoom
Book a 10 minute diagnostic slot to identify the barriers and challenges holding your startup back. These diagnostic session are designed to help founders unlock new connections, resources and potential pivots. Pre-start ,idea-stage founders welcome too. Click here to book a slot: https://startuphelpdesk.eventbrite.co.uk
August 19, 2020
Wed
19
Female Founders Club - Round Table
Location: Online event

The entrepreneurial journey can be full of change, uncertainty and loneliness. It can sometimes be difficult to focus and reflect on your next steps. This round table is there to help support you with open and frank discussions about the challenges you are facing. Each session will start with a group discussion reflecting on the previous week, each founder will have a chance to share their weekly challenges and contribute to supporting other founders. Then each founder will be supported in setting goals for the next week! Details and tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/female-founders-round-table-tickets-101662007802

August 21, 2020
Fri
21
Startup Help Desk
Location: Zoom
Book a 10 minute diagnostic slot to identify the barriers and challenges holding your startup back. These diagnostic session are designed to help founders unlock new connections, resources and potential pivots. Pre-start ,idea-stage founders welcome too. Click here to book a slot: https://startuphelpdesk.eventbrite.co.uk
August 26, 2020
Wed
26
Female Founders Club - Round Table
Location: Online event

The entrepreneurial journey can be full of change, uncertainty and loneliness. It can sometimes be difficult to focus and reflect on your next steps. This round table is there to help support you with open and frank discussions about the challenges you are facing. Each session will start with a group discussion reflecting on the previous week, each founder will have a chance to share their weekly challenges and contribute to supporting other founders. Then each founder will be supported in setting goals for the next week! Details and tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/female-founders-round-table-tickets-101662007802