Raising angel’s investment is a daunting prospect, especially to those that know little about the process beyond watching the fictional Dragon’s Den. Steven Lyons aims to help those seeking investment to better understand the process that they are embarking on and to help them to tailor their business plans and pitches to the needs of potential investors.
Archive for month: January, 2015
The University of Leicester is holding three relaxed and informative networking events for businesses in certain sectors.
Our aim is to inform you of the various engagement points that may be relevant to your business, and allow free and informal networking amongst B2B and the University to business.
Are you a founder of a startup? Are you trying to build your team? Do you want to participate in another startup?This is the chance to meet your potential cofounders. We are organising a founders’ dating night to help you meet your business soulmate!
Startdom Accelerator is a 48 hour accelerated course for startups in Leicester. The weekend is part of our long term strategic plan to help high-flying startups in the Midlands.
The Incubate Leicester co-working space for free to the public. Let us know in advance that you are coming, so that we can reserve your space. You will be able to work for the entire day in an allocated desk, use free wifi and drink free coffee and tea.
Sean Buckland will continue his review of the Startup process, drawing insights from the use of Lean in established organisations. This event will cover key learning and action points including measuring, pivot decision making and accelerating the growth of your Startup.
A workshop hosted by IRSA, Google and the University of Aberdeen, to discover what geographic data can deliver to businesses and how you can take advantage.
I have just finished the first draft of my next book! The working title of the book is Easy Lean Startup. I broke down lean startup methodology to its absolutely basic premises.
Guest post from Simon Baines of DMU’s Innovation Centre….
Our new space at DMU’s Innovation Centre is now open for use, and we invite the local start-up community to come and make use of the facility, free of charge, between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. There’s no need to sign up to anything, but if you are happy to give us your details we’ll make sure you hear about our new events, once our 2015 schedule has been finalised.
At De Montfort University’s Innovation Centre, we believe that entrepreneurs and start-up businesses stand a greater chance of succeeding in their ventures if they collaborate closely together, share knowledge, act as peers to each other, and grow their ideas in new creative ways. We are looking to attract entrepreneurs with a common goal; to achieve by doing things differently. We want to work with people who are interested in developing new contacts and relationships, tapping into the expertise of the University, and make using of a working environment that has excellent networks.
The Innovation Centre opened in 1996 and has been working with local small businesses every since, providing leased office space and business support. Whilst we have been able to increase the number of units in order to meet demand, The Innovation Centre has, until now, lacked communal space suitable for people who want to create and explore ideas rather than jump straight in and rent a room.
This is why in 2013 I initiated a project to open a new Co-Working space. What followed was a long period of research which included visits to some of the best Co-Working spaces in London, and lengthy discussions with stakeholders, and after months of work, our Co-Working space was completed in November 2014.
Whilst we realise we can’t create a pre-start up community here overnight, we hope the new environment will encourage more individuals to come through our doors and begin to collaborate with each other and with the University. (We are more than happy to talk to you in order to sign post you to relevant Academics who may be able to work with you on your ideas).
Whilst we are still working on implementing final touches such as our new branding and our “official launch” date has yet to be announced, our new space is now open and we would very much welcome members of Leicester Startups (and their friends, associates, colleagues and contacts) here. There’s no need to sign up to anything, but if you are happy to give us your details when you come we’ll make sure you hear about our events, once our new calendar has been finalised.
Just come along and work in the space, make use of our honesty cafe, brainstorm on the boards, use the MACS… and enjoy the benefits of working alongside students, graduates, staff, Academics and other start-ups within a brand new, modern and professional setting.
We look forward to welcoming more members of the Leicester Startups Tech Group here in 2015.
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