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 November, 3 – 4pm
  • Autumn Service-based Startup School: 17/18/19 November, 3 – 4pm.

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The online DMUWorks Enterprise Startup Schools are completely free of charge, open to ALL De Montfort University students and graduates and will help participants to make their business ideas a reality. The startup schools will cover a range of topics, which include:

 

COVID-19 – Opportunities in crisis: What does the pandemic mean for startups?

Launch – Starting a business without cash

Finance – Grants, loans and crowdfunding

Marketing – Branding and social media

E-commerce – Websites and apps

Legal – Setting-up and copyright

Tax – Do I need to pay it?

and much more!

 

Every participant will have the opportunity to have a 1-2-1 support session with the DMUworks Enterprise team following the workshops and participants who attend all three sessions will receive a Startup Resource Pack full of extra resources.

 

The schools are open to all DMU students and graduates, included those located overseas. You can register for either the Product-based Startup School or Service-based Startup School via the form below.

https://mygateway.dmu.ac.uk/Form.aspx?id=1970440

 

DMUworks Enterprise is De Montfort University’s student and graduate enterprise team.

China-Britain British Council UK-China Tech Accelerator is now recruiting

The UK-China Tech Accelerator is a tailored programme for UK-based tech start-ups and scale-ups to explore the China opportunity and connect digitally with Chinese clients, partners and investors. The programme will also prepare participants for doing business in China, through a series of market briefings and sector insights

http://www.cbbc.org/techaccelerator/

Invitation to Webinar: Intellectual Property for Early Stage Businesses: 10th June 2020

Leicester-based MSDUK who support innovative and high-growth ethnic minority owned businesses are offering a free intellectual property workshop webinar in partnership with Longmores Solicitors. Attendees will be able to learn about the different types of IP and understand what is applicable to their businesses.

– The main forms of IP protection and appreciate how these apply to their business

– How to create a successful IP strategy

– What investors look for in relation to IP

– Patent strategies

– The costs involved in IP protection and funding innovation

Click here to join this virtual session on Wednesday June 10th (16:00 – 18:30 BST)

The Science Behind Creating an Awesome Business

Hear from entrepreneur Marc Wileman who went from a Prince’s Trust Loan to winning Dragons’ Den, a Queen’s Award and inspiring a million kids. Join this virtual session on Thursday (April 23rd, 1pm GMT) that promises to reveal that with focus & taking action you too can achieve your dreams.

NatWest and DMU Innovation Centre Pre Accelerator Programme

The DMU Innovation Centre is delighted to be hosting the first NatWest Pre Accelerator programme in Leicester.

The programme is designed to give entrepreneurs the power to start, scale and succeed. It is a fully-funded, quick-fire, intensive eight-week course for early-stage entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs are busy people. That’s why the Pre Accelerator has been designed as a primarily on-line course which can be taken in and around your busy lives.

The online aspect of the programme will guide you through initial customer discovery, the viability of your idea and the mindset and behaviours needed to be a successful entrepreneur.

This will be supported with events that will bring you together with your fellow participants to share, inspire and feedback culminating with a pizza and pitch event at the Innovation Centre.

The Pre Accelerator kicks off with an Ignition event at the Innovation Centre on the 23rd January where you will be guided through the sign up process and introduced to the first module.

Find more info and sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/natwest-satellite-pre-accelerator-ignition-leicester-tickets-83958499131

Free Startup Mentoring, Weds 20th Nov at DMU

Tech Nation Entrepreneur Engagement Manager Naomi Watts and startup founder Ben Ravilious are bookable all day for free casual mentoring or other startup-related chat. Get advice, share an idea, ask questions, get introductions.

Venue: The Innovation Centre, De Montfort University, 49 Oxford Street, Leicester, LE1 5XY

 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A SLOT

 

Naomi Watts is the Midlands Entrepreneur Engagement Manager for Tech Nation and has a wealth of experience helping startups in the tech sector. She has incubated over 200 tech startups with help from market validation to pitch training and has a wide network within the Midlands to signpost founders to the most appropriate support.

 

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.

 

Slots are 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 ben@leicesterstartups.com if you have any questions.

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

 

You can also join us at 11am on the day to discuss how Leicester’s entrepreneurial potential can be fully realised, with insights on Leicester’s startup vital statistics from Tech Nation UK. Lean more bout how Tech Nation UK can support your business and your city: https://stateoftechnation201119.eventbrite.co.uk

Free Startup Mentoring, Mon 7th Oct at DMU

Startup founders David Chan and Ben Ravilious are bookable all day for free casual mentoring or other startup-related chat. Get advice, share an idea, ask questions, get introductions.

Venue: The Innovation Centre, De Montfort University, 49 Oxford Street, Leicester, LE1 5XY

 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A SLOT

 

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 are 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 ben@ultimateweb.co.uk if you have any questions.

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

Free Startup Mentoring, Mon 16th Sept

Startup founders David Chan and Ben Ravilious are bookable all day for free casual mentoring or other startup-related chat. Get advice, share an idea, ask questions, get introductions.

Venue: The Innovation Hub, University of Leicester, 128 Regent Road, Leicester, LE1 7PA

 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A SLOT

 

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 are 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 ben@ultimateweb.co.uk if you have any questions.

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

Free Legal Help for Startups

My name is Raja Khan and I’m starting an app-based legal startup business in Leicester and I know all too well the challenges that startups face especially in the early days.

As part of some initial customer research for my startup, I’m offering free legal advice to startups in the Leicester area. From personal experience, there seems to be a large amount of legal paperwork that confronts business owners so I hope to offer some clarity and also get a chance to network with fellow entrepreneurs.

In regards to my qualifications and experience, I am a Law graduate (LLB) from the University of Leicester, during my time there I studied Company Law as one of my modules where I gained a first. I have previous legal work experience in the arena of Commercial Law/Company Law, Intellectual Property Law and Tax Law.

Email me at rjk2988@gmail.com

(Please note: this offer of advice is from a third party – this post does not represent an endorsement or recommendation by Leicester Startups of the services described)

Founders-Only Round Table, 27th June

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.

NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE: 7-9 SALISBURY ROAD

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. Would-be founders who aren’t properly active yet might find our monthly free startup mentoring sessions more suitable.