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  • #2 Barclays’ SME Growth Factors Index "best cities in the UK in which to start a business"

  • #3 Instant Office’s "UK’s Most Entrepreneurial City 2018" Ranking

  • UK #1 for increase in digital business births 2006-16 at 568%

  • #4 Paymentsense "best UK cities to start a business in 2019"

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New! Leicester Startups Podcast: Episode #4 featuring Hamzah Malik CEO of Regent Branding

Hamzah Malik is the CEO of digital agency Regent Branding and the founder of Drench, a discount voucher app. In this episode Hamzah talks about being obsessed with CEO’s whilst his friends were idolising footballers; finding customers on train journeys; and how he manages a team dotted around the globe.  Listen to the full episode👇 […]

BBC Radio Leicester Coverage of Leicester Startup Week

  Student entrepreneur Domingo Armengol Arcas and Leicester Startups CIC founder Ben Ravilious discussed entrepreneurship and Leicester Startup Week with Ben Jackson on BBC Radio Leicester on Tuesday 19th Nov. You can listen to the interview again here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07sc8cv (starts 38 minutes in)  

LoyalFree launch charity scheme to help tackle homelessness

Leicester startup LoyalFree have launch a new charity initiative in the city to help tackle homelessness. Sophie Hainsworth, co-founder of LoyalFree, said, “We’ve been looking for a charity partner and as a Leicester-based company we wanted to help a good cause in the city.’’ For every loyalty stamp collected around any of the 14 towns […]

Announcing Leicester Startup Week 2019

Our second annual Leicester Startup Week starts on Monday 18th November at venues across the city. There’s a packed calendar of events to help startups at all stages of their journeys, culminating in our annual startup weekend. Here are highlights of the events and activities:- How to test your idea How to scale your business […]

New! Leicester Startups Podcast: Episode #3 featuring Jim Shields, founder of Twist and Shout Communications.

Jim Shields is the founder of the video production company Twist and Shout Communications. They specialise in making corporate videos with… a twist! In this episode Jim talks about losing his house, finding fans not customers, dealing with theft and the pivot that changed his life. Oh and there’s some exclusive news from Jim in […]

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July 10, 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 17, 2020
Fri
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
Fri
24
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
31
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!
August 7, 2020
Fri
07
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!