Connect at The Co-working Café, 27th Sept

Join the DMU Innovation Centre team at their next Connect @ the Co-working Café and hear from a group of entrepreneurs and freelancers how their journey started and lessons they have learnt. The event is an informal evening of motivation and inspiration from local entrepreneurs, academics, students and graduates, all sharing their knowledge and experiences through talks, Q&A’s, panel discussions and networking. This session will include talks from Olly Ragg, Co-Founder and Director of TopCashback, Stephane Lee-Favier, Managing Director of The GenGame and others. Connect @ the Co-working Café is a free event, however pre-booking is essential.

Free Cake Friday (NEW VENUE!), 28th Sept

Join University of Leicester’s Innovation Hub team at their next ‘Free Cake Friday’ networking event. Free Cake Fridays provide an excellent opportunity to network with the innovation team, enterprising academics from the University of Leicester, amazing local companies, recent graduate start-ups and regional business & innovation support organisations in a friendly and informal environment….and there’ll also be cake! You’re welcome to drop in anytime between 10am and 4pm. Note the new venue!

Meet The Startup: Hike, 27th Sept


Hike is a soon-to-be-launched platform for startups that guides you through the SEO actions you need to take to improve rankings for your website. Founders Andy Allen and Kieran Headley will share their story of pivoting their market from SEO agencies to startups, building their own automated platform and participating in the Ignite accelerator programme.

Job Vacancy: Leicester Coworking Space Project Manager

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About the role
This is an exciting new opportunity for a passionate and entrepreneurial project manager who is keen to bring about Leicester’s first flexible co-working space to support the entrepreneurial community therein. including entrepreneurs, new start-ups, existing businesses, freelancers, remote employees, academics, students and graduates.

You will also facilitate partnership and collaboration between the entrepreneurial community and with the partner organisations to enable projects to tackle social, environmental and economic challenges and opportunities.

You will lead and develop alongside local partners to bring into place an engaging start-up support programme with a co-working space in Leicester. With particular focus on the development of a deliverable business plan for a sustainable city centre based co-working space. This will include the formation of a consortium comprised of relevant stakeholders and individuals; the development of a governance structure for the space a fully costed business model , business support programme; a marketing and promotions plan.

About you
To succeed in this role, you will bring project management and leadership experience to drive the delivery of a connected entrepreneur community and co-working facility.

You will also be a strong relationship manager with relevant experience in creating new business and funding opportunities, and have experience of operations and implementation of strategy working together with stakeholders and partners.
Additional information
This is a full-time, fixed-term role until 30 September 2020.

Informal enquiries regarding this opportunity are welcome, and should be made to Rajinder Bhuhi, Business Manager at or 0116 229 7697.

We anticipate that interviews will take place on 31 August 2018.

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme, a generous annual leave allowance and an online portal that offers a range of lifestyle benefits and discounts. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.


Founders-Only Round Table, 30th Aug

Ever feel like you’re running your startup from inside an echo chamber? Would you value the thoughts and insight of other local entrepreneurs who can scrutinise you and your business from outside your bubble? If so then our round table events are a great way to quickly give you objective clarity or a helpful nudge.

Please note: this event is for active startup founders only. Sorry employees, freelancers, consultants and agency people but this event is not for you unless you’ve got a potentially scalable startup side project on the go.

founders round table

Free Startup Mentoring, Mon 17th Sept at DMU

On Monday 17th Sept, tech startup founders David Chan and Ben Ravilious will be bookable all day for free casual mentoring or other startup-related chat at DMU’s Innovation Centre co-working space. Get advice, share an idea, ask questions, get introductions.


ben raviliousBen Ravilious is a co-founder of audience polling startup ParticiPoll as well as a co-director of web and app development agency Ultimateweb which specialises in working with startups. Ben can help with web and app development, startup idea validation, how to position your startup, content marketing, software-as-a-service (Saas) products, pricing, community building.



David Chan is founder of cybersecurity startup Aroclave as well as the Entrepreneur in Residence at CyLon Accelerator.  David founded his first tech startup while still an undergraduate at Imperial College and has co-founded/worked at multiple startups in the UK and Silicon Valley doing CRM, eCommerce and Cybersecurity. David advises/mentors students and several early stage startups and can talk about a wide range of topics.


Slots will be up to 30 mins long and will follow David Cohen’s Mentor Manifesto principles. We won’t try to boss you, sell you anything or steal your idea and you might end up mentoring us!

Email if you have any questions.

(hat tip to Brad Feld for the Random Days idea)