A new network designed to support Asian founded businesses to scale up and innovate has been set up in Leicester.

The Asian Founders Community Meet is a partnership between Barclays Eagle Labs and De Montfort University.

It aims to inspire entrepreneurs around the country through networking events, the first of which was held this month.

The network was devised by Eagle Labs ecosystem manager Poonam Sharma and Nimesh Kanani, city leader for Barclays Leicester to offer targeted support and networking opportunities for businesses owned by or founded by Asian entrepreneurs.

Poonam said:

“I’m extremely proud to launch the Asian Founders Community Meet with Nimesh Kanani in Leicester before heading to eight other cities across the UK. Supporting and empowering Asian entrepreneurs is vitally important and for Barclays Eagle Labs to launch the initiative here in Leicester, a city which boasts so many successful Asian businesses, is very exciting indeed.”
Keynote speaker Anuj Ashar, a 22-year-old entrepreneur who has already had more five businesses, said:
“I am such a supporter of Asian Founders programme and to hear events will be held around the country is brilliant. It’s so important to come together as a community and supporting each other through sharing our expertise or our contacts or our skills to help each other.”