Celebrating three years of the Innovation Hub

The University of Leicester Innovation Hub celebrates a three year milestone

With the biggest online Innovation Friday yet!

Join them for a day of brilliant talks, workshops, connections and more. Top academics, practitioners, startups and SMEs will join together to deliver an unmissable celebration.

Sharing results from three years of collaboration between business and leading academics. Plus announcing new projects to help SMEs and Startups grow in Leicestershire.

Plus, the next instalment of Leicester Startups World Tour in the afternoon.

Looking to the future

Use University experts, talent and resources to bring innovation to your business.

The slowdown of lockdown is coming. The economy needs to get back on its feet. It’s time to look to the future.

The world has changed

There is only one thing for certain. Covid-19 has brought a lot of change. All the customers were at home. Find out what is coming next and how you can plan for the future.

Develop new partnerships and innovative ideas

You are invited to join us for ‘Innovation Friday’ online networking. Join in the chat by using #LeicInnovation to talk to businesses, entrepreneurs, experts, researchers and students.

Talks include

  • Citizens of Change – How the University can work with business
  • Innovation and responsiveness in a time of Covid
  • What the future brings
  • Twitter Q&A #LeicInnovation

Register for the free event here.

Leicester Pitch Night registration goes live

The Leicester Startups Pitch Night registration is now live!

To book your ticket to be in the live audience, watching along over Zoom, go here

To apply to pitch in front of investors and leading business leaders in Leicester, fill in this form


Best of luck – and see you on Monday 22nd June!

Leicester Startups Pitch Night

A showcase of new ideas, and startups on the rise!

Monday 22nd June, 6:30pm.

We’re hosting a pitch night. Held live over Zoom, with an audience plus leading businesspeople and founders in Leicester.

This is your chance to share your idea with Leicester, the world, and our special guest panel of entrepreneurs and investors.

The night will be split into two categories of startup:

A: Max 3 minutes for ideas/startups that are pre-revenue/users;
B: Max 5 minutes for startups that have revenue/users already.

To pitch and share your idea with the world, please fill in the Google form here

We can’t wait to hear all about what you’re doing!

Leicester-based Entrepreneur Marc Wileman launches “Not A Business Book” – access your free copy here

Not A Business Book is a whistle stop tour of the 7 ‘weird’ experiments that Marc Wileman took, from a £1,750 Prince’s Trust loan to Winning Dragons’ Den, a Queen’s Award and inspiring 1,000,000+ kids with his company Sublime Science.

A must read for any aspiring entrepreneur!

Download your free copy here:


Green light for new tech office space in Leicester

The offices in Pioneer Park, include a 26,400 sq ft building designed as a hub for businesses in the science and technology sectors. Construction of the scheme is due to begin in May 2020 and complete in early 2021.


Unicycle Solutions selected for Santander University Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme

Leicester-based Uni Cycle Solutions has been selected for the Santander University Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme 2020 making it to the final 80 out of over 2000 applicants.

Uni Cycle Solutions is a platform that connects cyclists to a community that pursues sustainable transport as a way for future mobility.


Government launches 1.25bn plan to help UK start-ups

The Treasury has announced a 1.25 billion bailout package targeted at startups and innovative small- and medium- sized business, to keep the UK’s tech and life sciences industries afloat as COVID-19 bites.

There are two parts to the bailout package.

The first is a co-investment fund called the Future Fund, which will make up to 500 million available to venture-backed early-stage startups.

The remaining 750 million funding tranche of the £1 billion package is targeted at small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) focused on research and development, and thus likely to be burning cash. That funding will be available through the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.


Fibre, Leicester invests in start-up trucking company in Texas, USA

Leicester-based Fibre have invested in a trucking company in Texas, USA. Through use of software, their aim is to automate the whole logistics industry from a paperless solution to GPS tracking.

Foodtrolly the not-for-profit grocery delivery service is now serving more than 800 customers across the UK

www.foodtrolly.org the not-for-profit grocery delivery service is now serving more than 800 customers since it’s conception 2 weeks ago.
The Leicester-based start-up delivers grocery nationwide and has currently has slots available!

Leicester-based start up Locumbell now supporting Morrisons pharmacies across the UK

www.locumbell.com founded at Fibre, Leicester, continues to grow and will now be supporting Morrisons pharmacies throughout the UK.

Locumbell provides pharmacies with a quick and cost effective way of getting a locum. By setting the rate of pay, pharmacies can request a locum any time of the day to fill shifts quickly by conveniently logging in and requesting a locum, either from their phone or PC, anywhere in the world.