• #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"

About Us

We believe the secret to building innovative, scalable startups is a friendly and helpful community of founders.

We organise and promote mentoring, talks, advice, collaboration and workspace offerings with a “give first” ethos. We warmly welcome people of all backgrounds.

Support Us

We’re always looking for supporters and sponsors to help us grow our community. Get in touch if you think you can help.

Subscribe for weekly news and events

Meet our Accelerator Startups

The Leicester Startups Accelerator begins on Monday. The six-week programme will take eight startups on a journey of developing, shaping and validating their businesses. It will all culminate in the founders pitching their companies to a panel of investors on demo day. So who are our budding entrepreneurs?   Newny – Mukhtar Mohamoud Community organisations […]

Covid-born halal food delivery startup in Leicester hits milestone

A Leicester based halal food delivery startup, which was born out of the pandemic, is celebrating its 1,000th order. TheHalalFoodShop.com launched in May 2020 by former nightclub promoter Bilal Khan as a way of helping the Muslim community access their halal diet. The company sells halal certified products and aims to become the UK’s largest online […]

Leicester travel startup launches “most exciting product development” in its history

A startup in Leicester has soft launched a second version of its app which allows solo travellers to meet and book holidays. Travamigos has been redesigned to bring in more income to the business and to create a better customer experience. The company said it is the “most exciting product development in Travamigos history”. Version […]

Leicester insuretech firm smashes crowdfunding target

Leicester-based insurance startup DeadHappy has closed its online crowd funding campaign three weeks early after almost doubling its target. The firm closed on £2.7m after initially aiming to raise £1.5m. More than 1,200 people invested in the company. We recently spoke to co-founder of DeadHappy Phil Zeidler for the Leicester Startups Podcast, which you can […]

Leicester entrepreneur named best mentor to cybersecurity startup founders

A Leicester entrepreneur has been awarded for his role leading and mentoring hundreds of cybersecurity startup founders. David Chan was named the winner of the ‘Security Leader/Mentor’ category at the ‘Serious Unsung Heroes Awards’, which recognises the UK’s “Unsung Heroes in Cybersecurity”. He won after judges recognised him as someone in the industry who takes […]

Got a news story you’d like us to share? Submit it here!

Next Events

October 26, 2020
Leicester Startups Accelerator
A six week intensive programme of mentoring, learning, networking building and pitching to get your startup moving faster. Full details at  https://www.leicesterstartups.com/accelerator/ or email info@leicesterstartups.com
October 29, 2020
Meet The Startup: Segmentum and Reignite
Location: Online
Join us for a fireside chat with Sean Duffy, a Multi award-winning, innovative eCRM specialist with over 17 years experience in email marketing & eCRM. Sean will share the story of his successful eCRM consultancy Segmentum and his new startup Reignite - a real-time email content platform that provides marketers with the tools to create personalised, real-time email content that adapts at the moment of open. Details and tickets at https://meetreignite291020.eventbrite.co.uk
October 30, 2020
Innovation Friday Online
Location: Online

Join the University of Leicester Innovation Hub team's next Innovation Friday, for a focus oncollaboration and business friendships in uncertain times. Details and tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/innovation-friday-online-powering-innovation-together-tickets-49280471216

November 3, 2020
Demo at De Montfort - Innovation Technologies
Demo at De Montfort - a new event series hosted by the Innovation Centre gives businesses a platform to demonstrate their solutions to potential customers and fellow founders.

Demo 1 Innovation Technologies features demonstrations from four businesses who's technology helps businesses to innovate.

Sign up here
November 4, 2020
Leicester Startups Pitch Night
A showcase of new ideas, and startups on the rise! Network with like-minded entrepreneurs and see their pitches live in action. Book your tickets to attend here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leicester-startups-pitch-night-tickets-107212126356