• #1 Instaprint "Best UK Cities for Millennial Start-Ups"

  • #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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Locumbell.com is now supporting all 350 Tesco pharmacies in the UK

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, it has been a very difficult time for pharmacists to ensure staffing needs are met. Locumbell is now supporting Tesco pharmacies to ensure staff needs are met. Locumbell technology allows a business to communicate with hundreds of locums within seconds. The business logs in and with a few clicks can define […]

£500,000 of funding is available for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of coronavirus

The funding will be available to innovators who can find digital ways to support people who need help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The ‘Techforce19’ challenge aims to support those who need to stay at home for several weeks and need help. This could include people who need mental health support or who have social […]

Leicester Startups Coworking moves online

A free online programme of support to help you build your startup, learn, and connect with your peers.   Hi Friends, Our community coworking space opened with a bang on March 12th. Dozens of you came to see the space, brought your laptops, met new people, and got work done. Our Founders Roundtable helped several […]

Coworking Space Opening Highlights

We had a great turnout at the opening day and evening event on Thursday 12th for our brand new startup coworking space. Loads of pictures and interviews on our Twitter. If you’re a startup founder interested in taking a space or hot-desking, do get in contact.

Are You an Ethnic Minority Business or a Founder With New Idea That Can Make Our World A Better Place?

MSDUK have opened applications for BAME start-ups across the country to participate in annual Innovation Challenge. Get your ideas in front of global brands and investors. Apply for the MSDUK Innovation Challenge today to bring your ideas to the front, get noticed by industry and the business world and win exciting prizes that will help […]

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Next Events

June 8, 2020
Mon
08
Founders' Weekly Goal Setting & Roundtable
Location: Virtual
A weekly check in, troubleshooting, and goal setting exercise with other founders in Leicester

Let's own the week:

It might feel like chaos out there - but we all still have a job to do: building our startups.

Every Monday morning, at 9am, Founders across Leicester come together on Zoom to share ideas, troubleshoot, and set their goals for the week. Each and every Monday we're checking in with each other, keeping each other motivated, and holding ourselves accountable.

If you're a founder, you're warmly invited to join us. Register here: https://leicesterfounderroundtable.eventbrite.co.uk

June 10, 2020
Wed
10
Leicester Startups World Tour: Chris Heivly
Location: Online

Chris is a speaker, investor, mentor, and startup founder. Chris is one of the global experts when it comes to building great startups, and we're very lucky to have him share his experience with the Leicester community. Join us for up to an hour of live Q&A, and ask your own startup questions to one of the big names in startups.

Chris CV:

One of the Co-Founders of MapQuest - which sold to AOL for $1.2billion.

Managing Director of 77 Capital, a $25m Venture Fund.

CEO, COO or President of various companies ranging from $200k to $20m in size.

One of two Managing Directors of The Startup Factory (35 investments across 7 cohorts), founder and MC of the Big Top Reverse Job Fair and an international writer and speaker waxing poetic around startups and startup communities.

He wrote "Build the Fort", his much-anticipated book about how to take the lessons you learned as a 10-year old and ideas on applying those lessons to starting anything.

He's currently Entrepreneur in Residence @ Techstars. Techstars is an American seed accelerator founded in 2006 in Boulder, Colorado. As of 2019, the company had accepted over 1,600 companies into its programs with a combined market capitalization of $18.2billion. Less than 1% of applicants are accepted on top the programme. Chris helps community leaders around the world grow their startup community - including Leicester Startups!



Free registration here
June 11, 2020
Thu
11
DMU and NatWest Resilient Business Models workshop
Location: Zoom Details to be sent to attendees

About this Event



DMU Innovation Centre and NatWest have teamed up to deliver a series of workshops to help businesses navigate through the Covid-19 situation.

It’s one thing to build a business that meets customer needs enough to generate value to be viable. However, in the new economic reality of the Covid-19 situation new and existing businesses need to be viable and resilient.

Resilient business models can quickly pivot into new markets if your core is impacted and approach risk in a very different way.

As this is new territory the workshop will explore how tried and tested methods of business planning can be applied to your businesses to make them more resilient.

In this workshop you will get the opportunity to

- Learn about pivoting strategies

- Learn how to adapt your existing business model

- Explore opportunities to become more resilient


Sign up here 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/resilient-business-models-tickets-103440262610

June 12, 2020
Fri
12
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!
June 15, 2020
Mon
15
Founders' Weekly Goal Setting & Roundtable
Location: Virtual
A weekly check in, troubleshooting, and goal setting exercise with other founders in Leicester

Let's own the week:

It might feel like chaos out there - but we all still have a job to do: building our startups.

Every Monday morning, at 9am, Founders across Leicester come together on Zoom to share ideas, troubleshoot, and set their goals for the week. Each and every Monday we're checking in with each other, keeping each other motivated, and holding ourselves accountable.

If you're a founder, you're warmly invited to join us. Register here: https://leicesterfounderroundtable.eventbrite.co.uk