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)

Leicester Startups World Tour kicks off with a bang!

The Leicester Startups World Tour kicked off in the last week of May.

Founders from across Leicester enjoyed one hour with the friendly and charismatic Caya, founder of Slidebean.

We got to hear his story, from navigating product/market fit, to scaling out to a team of 20+, via a tech accelerator and VC backing. Thank you Caya!

Next up on the World Tour, is Wednesday 10th June, 6pm. An evening with the brilliant Chris Heivly – entrepreneur in residence at Techstars.

Grab your free ticket here


New marketplace from high street app LoyalFree provides a lifeline for independent businesses 

LoyalFree, founded by Jason Nesbitt and Sophie Hainsworth of Leicester, was originally created to help high-street businesses increase sales, reward customers and provide local tours and trails. Now working in 18 UK towns and cities the business is quickly adapting to support the high street through recovery. Alongside new trails detailing businesses which are open or delivering, LoyalFree has launched a new online marketplace to support independent businesses.

Partnering with Leicester Business Improvement District (BID Leicester) LoyalFree wanted to increase the support offered to businesses during this critical time.

The LoyalFree marketplace allows independent businesses to sell products online, without any charge or commission except a small payment processing fee – if they are part of BID Leicester. This provides offline businesses a lifeline during the COVID-19 lockdown period. Businesses can utilise the platform to increase critical cash flow without incurring the expense of creating their own e-commerce site or paying commission through existing ones.

If you want to know more about how the app can support your town or city please visit

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.

Locumbell is now recruiting drivers for all pharmacies across the UK to help with the serious problem of delivering prescriptions

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, it has been a very difficult time for pharmacists to ensure staffing needs are met. Locumbell is now supporting pharmacies across the UK to help with the delivery of prescriptions to patients. is now supporting all 350 Tesco pharmacies in the UK

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, it has been a very difficult time for pharmacists to ensure staffing needs are met. Locumbell is now supporting Tesco pharmacies to ensure staff needs are met.
Locumbell technology allows a business to communicate with hundreds of locums within seconds. The business logs in and with a few clicks can define a shift. The shift is then presented to hundreds of locums. Locumbell already support Boots, Cohen’s, Lloyds and Superdrug.

£500,000 of funding is available for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of coronavirus

The funding will be available to innovators who can find digital ways to support people who need help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The ‘Techforce19’ challenge aims to support those who need to stay at home for several weeks and need help. This could include people who need mental health support or who have social care needs.

Funding of up to £25,000 per company is available.

For more information on the programme and how to apply, visit

Leicester Startups Coworking moves online

A free online programme of support to help you build your startup, learn, and connect with your peers.


Hi Friends,

Our community coworking space opened with a bang on March 12th. Dozens of you came to see the space, brought your laptops, met new people, and got work done. Our Founders Roundtable helped several startups unpick problems.

In the evening our guest Jim Shields led the way with tales of business success in a witty talk packed with insight.

The space was set up, first members lined up to move in, wifi plumbed in, and then…

Well – we all know what happened next.

The last few days have been challenging for everyone.

To keep the most vulnerable in our community protected, last week we decided to temporarily keep our doors shut too.

But whilst our physical space is closed for the next few weeks – our community has an amazing chance to come together and grow online.

Rough seas make great sailors – and we’re going to pull together and help you come out of this even stronger.

So we’re launching our virtual coworking space!  This includes a range of activities, mini-bitesized workshops, and community events to help you grow (or start) your startup.

Virtual, hosted, and free.  These online meetings will keep you connected and in the loop with your peers.


You initially have five recurring weekly events to choose from:

Mondays 9-10am: Founders’ Roundtable and goal setting exercise. 

Start your week the right way. Share your challenges and goals for the week ahead and support and troubleshoot for your fellow founders. For: Founders. Registration – required here. Starts: 23rd March

Wednesdays 12:30 – 1pm: Lunch & Learn // Ask the expert workshops. 

Rapid fire workshop session focusing on varied aspects of starting and growing a startup, led by members of the Leicester Startups Community, in their specific fields of expertise. No registration needed. For anyone, but those already started will gain the most value. SEO, accountancy, hiring etc. Starts 1st April

Wednesdays 6 – 7pm: How do I start?

Each week the Leicester Startups team will take you through a different aspect of starting a business, side hustle, or project. Demystifying the process with real world examples. Starts 1st April.

Thursdays 5:30pm: Thirsty Thursdays Leicester Startup Drinks

Crack open something cold and share some fun times with fellow members of the Startup Community here in Leicester. Let off steam and chat about happenings. No registration needed – Zoom meeting link. For: anyone in the community. Starts: 26th March

Friday mornings: Mentors & Coffee

Book in a slot with our business experts to get any questions answered 1-on-1. Starts 27th March. Email: with your questions to get connected to a mentor.


So whilst we might not see each other in person for a few weeks – you’re still be able to come together with your community and get support, encouragement and connections online.

Every week we’ll update the speaker lineup on Leicester Startups website and through the weekly email.


See you online!


Coworking Space Opening Highlights

We had a great turnout at the opening day and evening event on Thursday 12th for our brand new startup coworking space. Loads of pictures and interviews on our Twitter. If you’re a startup founder interested in taking a space or hot-desking, do get in contact.

Leicester’s Jim Shields from Twist & Shout making the news with the sale of their business to KnowBe4