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New Leicester Raspberry Pi User Group

Sean Clark from Cuttlefish Media is starting a user group for Raspberry Pi fans. Click here for more details.

Crowd-funding – How to Succeed!

by Robert Ashby, Tech Finance. A few key points about Crowd-funding from my talk at the Leicester Tech Startups meeting on Wednesday 3rd April.   (For the purpose of this blog I’m assuming a pitch for funding on the Crowdcube website). First, timing.   As in many things, timing is crucial, both in the timeline of the […]

NASA Space Apps Challenge Comes to Leicester

This weekend (20-21 April 2013) Leicester will be one of the host locations for NASA’s second global Space Apps Challenge hackathon. The Leicester event will take place at LCB Depot in the city centre and will feature coders, scientists, creatives and inventors all working together to solve space-industry challenges as well as projects of their […]

Space IDEAS Hub offering

At the Open Coffee session on 20/March, Ed Chester from the Space IDEAS Hub introduced the range of short projects that they get involved with and the rationale for engaging and supporting small businesses. More information can be found at the homepage www.spaceideashub.com – but the starting point for most projects is a short conversation […]

Accelerator Programmes

Next week’s Open Coffee talk on 6th March will be by Simon Jenner, co-founder of Oxygen Accelerator (Birmingham) who will lift the lid on startup accelerators and tell us a bit about Oxygen which is still taking applications for their 2013 programme. Accelerators are intensive ‘bootcamps’ for startups, typically lasting 3 months, which provide hands-on […]

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Next Events

July 3, 2020
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Mentor Fridays
Location: Online

Need help or support from a sympathetic expert or Founder who's been in your shoes before?

Or do you have experience and are willing to give back? 

Every Friday we're hosting and matching mentors to mentees with introductory 15 minute sessions. If you're interested, fill in the Google Form, and we'll match pair you up with someone you can help, or be helped by!
July 10, 2020
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10
Mentor Fridays
Location: Online

Need help or support from a sympathetic expert or Founder who's been in your shoes before?

Or do you have experience and are willing to give back? 

Every Friday we're hosting and matching mentors to mentees with introductory 15 minute sessions. If you're interested, fill in the Google Form, and we'll match pair you up with someone you can help, or be helped by!
July 17, 2020
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17
Mentor Fridays
Location: Online

Need help or support from a sympathetic expert or Founder who's been in your shoes before?

Or do you have experience and are willing to give back? 

Every Friday we're hosting and matching mentors to mentees with introductory 15 minute sessions. If you're interested, fill in the Google Form, and we'll match pair you up with someone you can help, or be helped by!
July 24, 2020
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Mentor Fridays
Location: Online

Need help or support from a sympathetic expert or Founder who's been in your shoes before?

Or do you have experience and are willing to give back? 

Every Friday we're hosting and matching mentors to mentees with introductory 15 minute sessions. If you're interested, fill in the Google Form, and we'll match pair you up with someone you can help, or be helped by!
July 31, 2020
Fri
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Mentor Fridays
Location: Online

Need help or support from a sympathetic expert or Founder who's been in your shoes before?

Or do you have experience and are willing to give back? 

Every Friday we're hosting and matching mentors to mentees with introductory 15 minute sessions. If you're interested, fill in the Google Form, and we'll match pair you up with someone you can help, or be helped by!