Insurance startup DeadHappy launch crowdfunding campaign

Leicester-based insuretech startup DeadHappy are about to launch a crowd-funding campaign on Seedrs, welcoming investments of as little as £10. Full details and pre-registration options can be found at

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:

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.

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.


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.


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

Last call for MSDUK Innovation Challenge 2020

The extended deadline for MSDUK’s Innovation Challenge 2020 is July 31st. If you’re an ethnic minority business or founde with a new idea that can make the world a better place then teh MSDUK Innovation Challenge could get it in front of global brands and investors. Apply and get noticed by industry and the business world and win exciting prizes that will help you bring your ideas to life. Previous prize winners have been offered scholarships to attend Ivy League Business School, corporate mentoring and product introductions. Details and application are at

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.

Loughborough flood modelling spin-out Previsico raises £750k Innovate UK funding

Following six months of market discovery and business model development through Innovate UK’s ICURe programme, Previsico was awarded a highly competitive follow-on fund to help take FloodMap Live to market. ICURe which stands for Innovation and Commercialisation of University Research is an Innovate UK programme of commercialisation support for teams of academic researchers wishing to explore the commercial potential of their research. More here.

Investment accelerates manufacturing goal for sportstec start-up Tzuka

Tzuka are engineering the world’s most durable sports earphones and have recently completed their first equity fundraise and are developing their prototypes into a fully functional model in the next few months.

Over 45% of health and fitness club members have experienced earphone breakage during sports, resulting in over 10.4 million earphones thrown away in the UK alone each year. Tzuka, together with Loughborough University, are working on the solution.

Loughborough University graduate startup programme, the Studio, is currently recruiting

The Studio is currently accepting applications from finalists who want to launch their own businesses when they graduate – and graduates no more than five years out.

The Studio is the graduate programme of LU Inc, the University’s business incubator which brings together graduate and academic entrepreneurs with founders from across the region and beyond to create a rich and supportive start-up community.

The application deadline is midnight on 2 August 2020.

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.