Leicester Innovation – support for SMEs

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The Leicester Innovation Hub is part-funded by European Regional Development Fund.


Innovation Hub incubating great ideas - accelerating innovation

We work closely with industry to accelerate innovation by turning great research and business ideas into innovative products, services and processes through:

  • Consultancy from our academics and dedicated Innovation Fellows 
  • Testing and analytical services
  • Funding application support
  • One year research and development projects
  • Graduate internships and student volunteering projects 
  • Free or subsidised innovation support to qualifying SMEs

We incubate graduates’ business ideas to enable technology based start-ups:

  • Graduate start-up mentoring and support
  • Incubation space for recent qualifying graduates in the Innovation Hub’s Start-Up Accelerator 
  • Up to £1,000 grants for qualifying start-up graduate businesses (20 maximum)

Discover more about the University of Leicester's cutting edge research:

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Read about the launch of the Hub.