Introducing Girls Lead

Girls Lead is a new startup business aimed at encouraging entrepreneurial skills in girls aged between 8 to 12. The produce is a kit box containing arts and craft activities, where children will either design and create a product, developing different entrepreneurial skills such as pitching, sales and marketing. Girls Lead is a spin-off from Female Founders Club founder Sukhveer Atwal.

MSDUK 2020 Virtual Innovation Summit, 1st September

MSDUK is delighted to launch the 2020 Virtual Innovation Summit that brings together over 1000+ diverse founders, VCs, angel investors, industry partners, universities, and the corporate world to collaborate and unlock innovation through diversity.

The virtual event, held on 1st September 2020, will feature engaging talks from the brightest minds in the innovation space, live pitching opportunities, and even a mini-hackathon (Challenge90) where you will meet and collaborate with other innovators to solve a common problem.

MSDUK’s goal is to break down barriers of entry and create an inclusive ecosystem of corporate, industry and investment partners that leads to opportunities for diverse founders to grow and succeed.

Full details of the event 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.

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

New Startup Mustard HR Seeking Feedback

Mustard HR is a new pre-MVP Leicester-based start-up offering attendance tracking for SMEs. It aims to simplify resource planning for managers, visualising team attendance and providing alerts for early intervention with teams. For team members, leave can be managed on iOS or Android apps, syncing events with both work and personal calendars.

Founder Craig Russell, is looking for feedback to better understand the needs of business owners, team leaders and line managers, via a quick 9-question survey: