Young Innovators Awards offering a change to win grants, living allowance & tailored support

Young people aged 18-30 can apply for an award to make their business idea a reality. The Award includes a £5,000 grant, business support and a living allowance.  Innovate UK is working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust to find young people from across the UK with great business ideas. Their goal is to find a new group of young innovators that, with their help, can turn their great ideas into successful businesses. Full details here.

A reminder that IBM offer startups cloud computing credits

Details of how to apply for IBM Cloud credits can be found here: / Full details on how IBM can support developers & Startups :

EU’s EIC Accelerator Funding Opportunities. UK SMEs are allowed to apply until the end of this year.

EU’s EIC Accelerator Funding is a mixture of grants and equity for very early stage companies. UK SMEs are allowed to apply until the end of this year.

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

DMU announces the DMUworks Enterprise Network

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has increased its support for entrepreneurial students and graduates over the last 12 months.

This week, DMU has announced the DMUworks Enterprise Network – a new network of founders who will work with the University to inspire and motivate students, developing their entrepreneurial skills, starting brand new businesses and growing existing ones.

A new founder is being announced each day via DMU socials. So far they’ve announced Jason Nestbitt (Founder of LoyalFree), Louise Holland (Founder of Holland Alexander) and Jessica Okoro (founder of Be Science).  This is the beginning of a new Network and a commitment from DMUworks to connect with the local business community for mutual benefit to both the city and future talent coming out of DMU.

Mentor Fridays – would you like free help, advice, or support for your idea?

Leicester Startups have been quietly signing up expert founders to help new founders and those with ideas. We’ve now got a range of impressive people who want to help you build your startup or grow your idea. In fact… we might even have too many!

So to stop these founders, business experts, and all-round great people twiddling their thumbs – we need you.

If you’re looking to start or grow a startup, then let us know what support you’d like, and we’ll connect you with an expert from the local community for some free, informal chats on Fridays at a time that suits you.

Fill in the Google form here to let us know how we can help you build Leicester’s next great startup idea.

Do you have technology or business needs that DMU students could provide free, remote help with during the pandemic? 

Do you have technology or business needs that DMU students could provide free, remote help with during the pandemic? 

  • Someone to help you use social media or meetings tools?
  • Website development?
  • Hands-on help running your business remotely?
  • Brand and messaging enhancement?
  • Other needs?

DMU is keen to know whether their students could provide urgent remote assistance to local SMEs. Their aim is to support the Leicester and Leicestershire community during the pandemic.

Please help us assess demand by providing a few lines of information about your needs and replying to AMARDEEP PANASER – 

The deadline for business requests is April 9th.

Note: DMU are trying to rapidly set up a scheme making use of their students’ tech-ready skills. They seeking to understand business demand first, and will mobilise students quickly, once they hear back from businesses. DMU will try to meet your needs but will be clear if they don’t think they can be fulfilled.

This proposed scheme is for remote support only – by phone, email or online tools.

Music Tech start-up looking for React Native Wizard

We are Vybe Music a social music streaming start-up based in Leicester 

Our mission is to connect people through music, since the arrival of music streaming we lost that sense of social connection when it comes to sharing discovering and listening to music, and we let our music taste become a secret…

At Vybe we think individuals should own their music taste and must be able to expand it easily, it is the reason why we are launching our app in September in order to fulfill that particular need.

What are we looking for :

  • React Native developer to help complete the app (not start it from scratch)
  • Must have experience developing native apps

What we can offer:

  • Equity
  • Freedom and creativity

Our team is currently composed of 3 members:

  • Full Stack Engineer
  • Business manager
  • Social Media officer

We intend to launch, secure funding and grow the company from September, this is an opportunity to join a talented team and who has a solid plan and is determined to launch a social product in the UK and elsewhere

If interested please contact Fares Abida at:



Customer Panel Required for New Digital Product

A Leicester based start-up has been developing a new product that make access to different utility bills more convenient for UK households. They want to run a customer panel to gather feedback on how useful the product is and whether customers would use it personally in the future.

They are looking to run a focus group lasting 1hr. Participants need to meet the below criteria:

  1. Energy bill payers
  2. Direct Debit payers
  3. Regular users of online banking (mainly banking apps if possible)

If you would like to participate, please email

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: