Leicester Business Festival 2020

Join us for Leicester Business Festival from 2-13 November 2020, featuring a wide range of inspiring free events to showcase the support available at the University of Leicester to businesses in our region.

Leicester Business Festival 2020 will present businesses and innovators the opportunity attend online events, meet with university experts, and discover funding and innovation support.

University of Leicester events

Developing Better Products for Chronic Disease and Rehab Markets

Wednesday November 4 2020, 10.00 — 12.30

The use of clinical data, the application of artificial intelligence and the development of digital health have been predicted to revolutionise health care and the management and rehab of chronic conditions. This event will highlight gaps in the current healthcare landscape that require new products and the funded innovation support available to engage with clinicians and the healthcare system. 

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Leicester Start-ups Pitch Event

Wednesday November 4 2020, 18.00 — 19.30

Leicester(shire) start-up entrepreneurs can pitch their innovative, start-up concept. The evening will provide a platform to six early stage entrepreneurs to pitch to an experienced panel of successful entrepreneurs, investors and experts.  Each entrepreneur will have 5 minutes to pitch, and then 5 minutes to receive feedback from our expert panel. Judges will then deliberate and decide on the best pitch.

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Business Sustainability Through Staff Training

Thursday November 5 2020, 13.00 — 15.00

An interactive staff training event that will help you to identify any staff training needs and necessary tools to enable your organisation to develop and reach your own environmental sustainability targets.  

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What’s next for Leicester and Leicestershire? Sneak preview of LLEP Economic Recovery Plan

Friday November 6 2020, 12.00 — 13.30

The impact of COVID-19 is expected to result in an unprecedented global economic downturn. Whilst the Government will initiate a national economic recovery plan, there is a critical need to support economic recovery at a local level, post COVID-19, in Leicester and Leicestershire, by all stakeholders and businesses. The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) is leading on the development and delivery of a new Economic Recovery Plan for Leicester and Leicestershire.

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Languages at Leicester - Taster Sessions

Friday November 6 2020, 14.00 — 15.00

Discover the benefits of understanding multicultural and multilanguage business interactions. Sessions in Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, Italian and Japanese raise awareness of how an understanding of another language and culture can help in a business context.  

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Slow Innovation and the New Business Model for a Sustainable Recovery

Friday November 6 2020, 15.00 — 17.00

In the COVID-19 scenario, we need to develop new approaches to innovation.  Slow design aims at reducing the exploitation of natural and human resources, celebrating their value, and increasing the lifespans of products based on quality and local traditions, in addition to outlining a model of alternative responsible consumption which confronts the current paradigm of "more and cheaper is better".

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LEAN Innovation Sandpit – Fun, Creative & Confidential Sessions

9 and 11 November 2020, 13.00 — 14.30

Get expert innovation support from a team of industry rich advisors specially recruited to solve a business need/opportunity you are facing. The LEAN Innovation Sandpits from the University of Leicester are private online sessions delivered one-to-one with individual companies. All discussions will be covered by confidentiality agreements.

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9 November

11 November

Opportunities for Leicester & Leicestershire Companies to Enter and Benefit from the Growing Space Sector on their Doorstep

Tuesday, November 10 2020, 10.00 — 11.30

A webinar for Leicester and Leicestershire businesses especially manufacturing companies detailing the opportunities for existing space business and those with no space connection at all. A great opportunity to join the growing space sector and local cluster to benefit from the range of innovation support programmes, expertise and high-tech facilities available at the Space Park Leicester.

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Small Business Leadership Programme Taster: SME Response & Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday November 10 2020, 13.00 — 15.00

The University of Leicester School of Business is one of 20 UK Business Schools participating in a new UK Government fully funded programme to support SMEs as they recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic.  This event will act as a taster to the programme and as a catalyst to bring together business leaders from Leicester and Leicestershire to discuss key business challenges and opportunities in the themes covered by the programme

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SPHERE: Global Gateway to Sustainability and Climate Change Expertise

Thursday November 12 2020, 10.00 — 12.00

The SPHERE is designed to offer a range of bespoke services to enable organisations to measure and improve their environmental sustainability.  To support the national and local climate strategies and net zero carbon targets, the SPHERE partnership opens up both of Leicester's University’s expertise in sustainability and climate change to regional organisations and businesses, University suppliers and fellow HEIs to support them in their environmentally positive activities.

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