Past Workshops and Events

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Innovation Friday

27 November 2020, 10.00am-4.00pm at Leicester Innovation Hub

Join us at our next Innovation Friday, a fantastic networking opportunity where collaborations and new ideas can be forged.

Innovation Friday

30 October 2020, 10.00am-4.00pm at Leicester Innovation Hub

Join us at our next Innovation Friday, a fantastic networking opportunity where collaborations and new ideas can be forged.

LIH Launch

18 September 2018, 12.00pm-3.00pm at Leicester Innovation Hub

This launch marked the opening and expansion of the Hub’s new premises and is a celebration of its first birthday.

  • Find out more about the past events we have held at the Innovation Hub.

Workshops in 2020

Leicester Innovation Week

24 February

Launch Event

Join the LLEP, Business Gateway Growth Hub and partners for the launch of Innovation Week 2020.

During this morning session, with free breakfast and hot drinks, you’ll hear from inspirational speakers and get the chance to network with like-minded business people.

Creating an Innovative Culture

At this cutting edge drop-in session you will find out how to take risks, fulfil staff potential and utilise the newest technology to create an environment inspired to think innovatively. Speakers from the University of Leicester include Dr John Drake from Informatics, Anjuu Trevedi and the Leicester Innovation Hub.

25 February

Energy Breakfast

Energy Breakfast is aimed at companies with an interest in energy and energy-related challenges and issues. It is an opportunity to network with companies in a similar field and will be a rewarding morning.

A Tool for Business Innovation and Transformative Growth

Discover how cutting-edge innovation techniques can drive productivity and build resilience by collaborating with international partners.

Advanced Engineering and Product Design Innovation

Discover the advanced engineering support, high-tech equipment and facilities available to businesses interested in developing new products or components as the University of Leicester launches its STAR Accelerator, part of Space Park Leicester.

Accelerating Product Development for the Healthcare Sector

Join us as we launch the Leicester Life Science Accelerator. This event will highlight some innovative projects to showcase how we can help SMEs develop new products.

Entrepreneurship in Leicester

This event will bring together entrepreneurs, start-ups, businesses, students and graduates across Leicester to showcase the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the city.

26th February 2020

How to Develop a Growth Strategy: Support for Ambitious Entrepreneurs

The journey from business inception to sustainable growth is often as difficult as the initial start-up. How do you minimise risks and accelerate your progress? What are the key drivers towards success? This workshop will explore these topics and explain how businesses can access support.

Sustainable development technologies: Can we go further than Carbon Zero?

Find out about the technology developed by Caplin Solar for use in a highly innovative development of 47 new homes in Corby which generate more energy than they use.

Debating the impact of Leicester’s Smart City strategy

LBV will host a debate to discuss the impact of the Smart City strategy and practices on your business. Find out more about how data collection underpins this strategy, how it is identifying new ways in which to benefit the citizens of Leicester, and how you could find new business opportunities in a ‘Smart City’.

The Rise of No-Code Systems

It’s now possible to build an entire online product without writing a single line of code. The no-code movement is gathering pace and this seminar will show you how your business idea could be next.

27th February 2020

Blaby District Means Business Breakfast

We will highlight the latest innovation news and support to help local firms on their journey to growth with fantastic networking opportunities and expert advice from an interesting short speaker line-up including Anjuu Trevedi from the University of Leicester.

Love Business Expo 2020

This is a business-to-business networking exhibition which brings business and personal development opportunities together. The Innovation Hub team and the University of Leicester’s Anjuu Trevedi will deliver clinics in the morning.

Leicestershire Live Innovation Awards

The LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards 2020 will once again celebrate the very best technology, services, digital advances, and creative thinking that Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have to offer.

28th February 2020

Innovation Friday: co-developing a dynamic Innovation Cluster in Leicestershire

Join local business owners and innovation support stakeholders to brainstorm and co-develop a dynamic local Innovation Cluster that meets the needs, challenges and opportunities of our business community. The KTN will deliver a session 'Find Markets, Find Solutions, Find Funding' at 11.30am followed with a roundtable discussion on co-developing a dynamic Innovation Cluster in Leicestershire at 1.00pm.

Workshops in 2019

Space Industries Accelerator - Ideation Workshop 

28 November at the Leicester Innovation Hub

As part of the Space Industries Accelerator programme, this workshop provided individuals with the opportunity to learn more about the space sector from leading industry and entrepreneurial experts and to work with them on rapidly developing their own business ideas. 

Space Industries Accelerator - Ideation Workshop 

20 November at the Leicester Innovation Hub

This networking and information session provided attendees with the chance to learn more about the space sector and meet other like-minded individuals and industry experts. 

Business Start-Up Café

19 November at the Leicester Innovation Hub

This workshop provided attendees with the opportunity to listen to engaging talks from experienced and inspiring entrepreneurs about how they transformed their business dreams into a reality. 

Food Security and Resilience - Copernicus Hackathon 

19-20 September at the David Wilson Library, Digital Reading Room 

We hosted Leicester's very first Food Security Hackathon, and, over an exciting 48 hours we saw teams work collaboratively utilising Copernicus Data to develop innovative solutions to address regional and global food security challenges. 

She Started It

06 March at the Leicester Innovation Hub 

The Leicester Innovation Hub teamed up with the Leicester Startups community to celebrate women in innovation for International Women's Day. 

Barclays: Leicester Business Seminar 

28 February at the Leicester Innovation Hub 

As digital technologies are becoming more and more important in business. Barclays Bank hosted this exclusive event to provide an insight into the ever-changing technological world, and, to share how some businesses utilise digital advancements to grow and make their businesses more efficient using Big Data. 

Start-Up Café

12 February at the Leicester Innovation Hub

This workshop saw entrepreneurs, local business leaders, academic business champions, graduates and undergraduates all come together to discuss and learn about all things start-up related. 

Pivoting on Price - Using Design Thinking To Develop Better Business Models

5 February at the Leicester Innovation Hub 

At this workshop, our Business Innovation Fellow gave an illuminating insight into the ways in which business models can be innovated by engaging attendees in a hands-on, fun and fast-paced workshop. 

Barclays Business Innovation Event 

23 January at the Leicester Innovation Hub 

At this exclusive event hosted by Barclays at the Leicester Innovation Hub, attendees were given a fantastic opportunity to network, make new connections and impart their own business knowledge and acumen with the group. 

Workshops in 2018

Women In STEM Series: CODE Debugging The Gender Gap Documentary and Panel Discussion

6 December at the Leicester Innovation Hub

The Women in STEM series encourages women to enter the STEM world, and, this workshop provided a space for women to come together, share their experiences, learn, mentor and link into a supportive network. 

An Exhibition of Images of Research 

4 December at Fraser Noble Hall, University of Leicester 

A unique exhibition which shed a light on the cutting-edge research being conducted at the University of Leicester. 

Start-Up Café

30 November at the Leicester Innovation Hub 

This workshop saw entrepreneurs, local business leaders, academic business champions, graduates and undergraduates all come together to discuss and learn about all things start-up related.  

Unlock The Secrets of Your Data and Grow Your Business

27 November at Sketchley Grange Hotel and Spa 

This workshop provided attendees with an insight into how to get value from their data and the methods through which this data could be utilised to grow their businesses. 

Unlock The Secrets of Your Data and Grow Your Business

21 November at Sketchley Grange Hotel and Spa 

A dynamic workshop which showed attendees how to use their own data reserves to expand and develop their businesses. 

Develop Your Innovative Medical Product or Service With The NHS 

8 November at Leicester General Hospital 

This event provided local businesses with technical knowledge on how to access expertise from Leicester's hospitals.  

Leicester Talent Match - Meet Tomorrow's Leaders

6 November in the Fielding Johnson Building at the University of Leicester

A fantastic event which saw local employers meet our wonderful students. 

Innovate UK Proposal Writing Workshop

5 November at the Innovation Hub

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) joined us at this exciting workshop to divulge how attendees could access funding from Innovate UK. 

Visual Management Tools for Decision-Making, Operations and Strategy

2 November at the Innovation Hub

This workshop explored how visual tools can be employed in order to enhance organisational decision-thinking. 

Entrepreneurial Success in Leicester

31 October at the National Space Centre

At this event delegates were enthused by talks from a variety of speakers who have entrepreneurial success. 

Women Entrepreneurs and Innovation Challenges

31 October at the Innovation Hub

This workshop provided a networking opportunity for women to discuss the innovation challenges that stood in their path. 

Catalysing Life Sciences Business

30 October at Charnwood Campus

Attendees were able to discover their own catalyst at this innovative event at Charnwood. 

Open Innovation

29 October at the Innovation Hub

This inspiring event enabled delegates to learn all about the theory of open innovation. 

Unlock the Secrets of Your Data and Grow Your Business

17 October at Leicester Tigers Stadium

Our Data Analytics Fellow Dr Ayo Akinduko shone a light on the unsung hero of any business 'Data' and showed attendees on how to use this valuable source to their advantage. 

Unlock the Secrets of Your Data and Grow Your Business

3 October at IGEM

An enlightening session which illustrated the ways in which businesses could optimise the value of their data through using it to develop and expand their businesses. 

Inspiring Innovation Leicester

27 September at the Leicester Innovation Hub

An inspiring session for those looking to take a new product or service to market. 

Space Technologies Are Radically Transforming Business. Are You Ready? 

3 July at DOCK Leicester

This workshop catered to the needs of all SMEs that use data in their activities, and, offered a brilliant opportunity for attendees to gain an insight into the way in which satellite data is revolutionising the business environment. 

Frugal Innovation Day Two  

29 June at College Court Hotel

Day two of the Frugal Innovation Workshop continued to explore the themes established the previous day, and, further highlighted the nature and prospects of frugal innovation in Uganda. 

Frugal Innovation Day One  

28 June at College Court Hotel

Day one the Frugal Innovation Workshop focused on the emerging field of frugal innovation, and aimed to provide consumers with accessible and affordable products. 

Using Data to Grow Your Business 

21 June at Harborough Innovation Centre

This workshop showed delegates how their data is a strategic business asset for their growth and productivity going forward. 

Executive Development Workshop: Complex Modern Contracting 

21 June at College Court

This event cast a light on managerial and legal perspectives on Complex Modern Contracting and the quest for co-operation. 

Leicester Matters  

31 May at Charles Wilson Building, Belvoir City & Park Lounge

This engaging session saw academic experts share solutions to tackle real issues within both our historic city and community. 

Innovation and Growth: Helping Your Business to Grow Through Business Innovation  

3 May at Harborough Innovation Centre

Industry experts provided delegates with the tools to understand the concept of innovation and how they could grow their business using innovation.

Innovation and Growth: Helping Your Business to Grow Through Business Innovation 

1 March at Stanford Hall

Leading industry experts supplied attendees with the tools to understand the concept of innovation and how to harness the power of innovation to develop their businesses. 

Leicester Innovation Week: Food and Drink Focus 

28 February at Leicester City Football Club

As part of Leicester Innovation Week, this thoroughly enjoyable and engaging event focused on the Food and Drink industry. 

Leicester Innovation Week: Textiles Focus 

27 February at Leicester City Football Club

As part of Leicester Innovation Week, this dynamic session focused on design and textiles. 

Data Driven Research: Opportunities and Challenges  

7 February at Attenborough building, room 2016

This workshop brought together a range of academics and experts from both within the University and the wider community and focused on the opportunities and challenges presented by Data Driven Research.