University of Leicester Start Up Cafe, 10th Nov

Serial Tech coFounder, and Lean Startup Practitioner, Paul Muston who will share his experience of adopting lean start-up techniques to get your business started. Paul has grown and developed six further spin-out companies and is a start-up mentor and ‘Technologist in Residence’ at local business incubator Startdoms. Our Start-Up Café is an opportunity to network with entrepreneurs, local business leaders, academics, graduates and undergraduates running businesses. Whether you are running a business and are looking to make new connections, have just a spark of an idea, or just aspire to be your own boss, this is the place for you!

University of Leicester Start Up Cafe, 8th Dec

Talk by an expert in identifying business’ unique story and using this to create a brilliant brand. You will explore your unique business characteristics and develop a brand language where every word differentiates, persuades and pays for itself! Our Start-Up Café is an opportunity to network with entrepreneurs, including local business leaders, academic business champions and graduates and undergraduates running a business.  Whether you are running a business, have just a spark of an idea, or just aspire to be your own boss this is the place for you!

Why should I be interested in Python? + Meet other Pythonistas, 24th Nov

This is the first meeting of the Leicester Python User Group. Paul Muston from Musoft will give a talk on how useful Python is for getting stuff done and in production. For anything from a quick script, through to production automation, including big data analytics, to production websites include SaaS. It is also great for learning aspects of computing, either imperative or declarative, object oriented or functional programming. Ther will also be a lightning talk by Maximilian Friedersdorff, a CompSci MSc student at UoL, will give another concrete example of the Python script he wrote to convert and import into Google calendar, a confusing time table format issued by the University. The outcome is that his lecture times are now readily at hand on his mobile phone.

Cake Loughborough: Creative & Entrepreneurial Meet Up, 29th Oct

Cake is a free bimonthly meet up for creatives, designers, developers & entrepreneurs in Loughborough. Craft and design magazine editor Pete Mosley will talk about making extraordinary things happen. Qualified teacher, best-selling author, happiness expert and learning junkie Andy Cope describes himself as a qualified teacher, author, happiness expert and learning junkie.

Saturday Access to DMU Co-working Space on DMU Open Days

The Innovation Centre co-working space will open on DMU open days between 9am and 2pm on the following dates:-

Saturday 14th November 2015
Saturday 9th January 2016

Our Co-working space is open to business residents, DMU staff, students, graduates and ICM’s (Innovation Centre Members).

Anyone who wants to work on their start-up business ideas alongside others in an informal, collaborative space is welcome to sign up as an ICM, and there is no cost to do so.

Make use of:

  • Flexible meeting and working space
  • Honesty café with hot drinks and snacks
  • Access to whiteboards, flipcharts and Macs
  • Free Wi-Fi

Usually, the Co-Working Café Space is open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.  There is no need to pre-book a space, just come on in.

Full details at:

Innovation in Business – Collaboration for Success, 17-18th Nov

Join us for a fast paced two-day event to hear carefully selected local businesses and experts from the De Montfort University and Peninsula Business Services talking about essential business issues in easy to understand “real-world” bite sized presentations. Got an idea but do not know how to exploit it? – Join us to learn some of the critical steps in turning a twinkling of an idea into a real business – talk to real people who have experienced the same challenges.

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Open Coffee: Meet The Startup: ParticiPoll, Weds 28th Oct

ParticiPoll is an audience polling system for PowerPoint that lets presenters drop simple audience polls into their existing presentations and collect votes via audience members’ mobile devices. Co-founder Ben Ravilious will share the journey so far, touching upon building a software-as-a-service (SAAS) product, pivoting to a freemium selling model, trying to make time alongside running a busy web development agency and the beginnings of actually earning some money!

Automation to Reduce Busy-Work, 21st Oct

photoWe all need to get stuff done. Unfortunately this often involves either providing or consuming data in a form for other people’s convenience. It doesn’t add value to the information I supply, or use my core skills, and it really ticks me off! We call this busy work. I will cover a number of use cases where I use automation to reduce the amount of work I and colleagues have to do. Also, if you are an Android developer looking to book some work, or in need of Android developer to work on your project come along to the Android Developer Marketplace.

Video from Open Coffee: Jadu – Startup to £5m Turnover

Video coverage of Matt Culpin’s Open Coffee talk about Jadu on 23rd September. Video production by Kinetal Media.