Innovation Week 2020

Join us for Leicester Innovation Week 2020, from 24-28 February, which will feature a wide range of inspiring free events to showcase the innovation taking place at businesses and universities across Leicester and Leicestershire.

Innovation is key to business growth and profitability, but it can be difficult to understand the support available and how to access it.  Innovation Week aims to address this, elevating the profile of the LLEP area and showcasing the exciting innovations that are taking place here.

Leicester Innovation Week 2020 will present businesses and innovators the opportunity attend daily events, meet with university experts, discover funding and innovation support and learn from the innovation journeys of some of Leicestershire’s top companies.

24th February 2020

Launch Event

3M, Loughborough

8.30am – 11.30am

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.

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Creating an Innovative Culture

Harborough Innovation Centre, Market Harborough

1.30pm – 4.30pm

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.

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25th February 2020

Energy Breakfast

Loughborough University

8.00am – 10.00am

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.

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A Tool for Business Innovation and Transformative Growth

The Innovation Centre, De Montfort University

10.00am – 12.00pm

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

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Advanced Engineering and Product Design Innovation

Leicester Innovation Hub, University of Leicester

12.30pm - 2.30pm

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.

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Accelerating Product Development for the Healthcare Sector

Leicester Innovation Hub, University of Leicester

2.30pm - 4.30pm

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.

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Entrepreneurship in Leicester

Leicester Innovation Hub, University of Leicester

5.00pm – 8.00pm

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

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26th February 2020

How to Develop a Growth Strategy: Support for Ambitious Entrepreneurs

The Link Hotel, Loughborough

8.30am – 11.00am

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.

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

The Innovation Centre, De Montfort University

11.00am – 12.30pm

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.

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Debating the impact of Leicester’s Smart City strategy

Leicester Innovation Hub, University of Leicester

12.00pm – 2.00pm

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’.

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The Rise of No-Code Systems

Holiday Inn, Wigston, Leicester

2.30pm – 5.30pm

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.

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27th February 2020

Blaby District Means Business Breakfast

Marriott hotel, Leicester

8.00am – 10.00am

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.

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Love Business Expo 2020

Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough

9.30am – 3.00pm

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.

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Leicestershire Live Innovation Awards

Morningside Arena, Leicester

6.00pm – 9.30pm

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.

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28th February 2020

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

Leicester Innovation Hub, University of Leicester

10.00am – 4.00pm

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.

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