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Leicestershire Innovation Festival 2022

Enabling and Delivering A Dynamic Leicestershire Ecosystem and Successful Innovations

This year’s Leicestershire Innovation Festival will take place between 14 and 25 February and features a packed programme of engaging events showcasing some of the best in innovation our county has to offer. Covering subjects as diverse as Sustainability, Manufacturing, Entertainment, Wellbeing and Innovation Funding, this year's Innovation Festival will provide new insights, tools, contacts and an overview of how to navigate the innovation landscape and cutting-edge research to elevate your business.

Leicestershire Innovation Festival is an annual festival celebrating business innovations, big and small, from across our region. Supported and driven by the University of Leicester.

Now in its fifth year, the 2022 programme features a wide range of events many of them led by or in partnership with the University of Leicester including the showpiece launch event; ‘How Local Businesses Have Used Innovation Successfully on their Journey to Net Zero’ taking place in person at Space Park Leicester, and a special Innovation Friday event - ‘Innovation Funding and Opportunities’ live from the newly refurbished University of Leicester School of Business Brookfield Campus. 

For any other Innovation or Research & Development project enquiries, please contact the Leicester Innovation Hub at

Information and Booking details for University of Leicester events are below, for the full Leicestershire Innovation Festival schedule please visit the Business Gateway Growth Hub website.

How Local Businesses Have Used Innovation Successfully on their Journey to Net Zero at Space Park Leicester

Monday 14 February 8.00am

The Midlands is the manufacturing heartland of the UK, with unrivalled expertise and capacity to make and apply low carbon hydrogen technologies to deliver net zero. It is hydrogen technologies that have the power to connect hydrogen generators and end users – and it is the Midlands that has the power to make those technologies, for use in areas as diverse as transport, domestic heating and off grid power supplies.

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chair of Leicestershire Innovation Board, will introduce three keynote speakers; Dennis Hayter, Vice-President Business Development, at Intelligent Energy will share “21 years of fuel cell technology – innovation highlights”. Robert Evans, CEO of Cenex will speak about “Toward Net Zero: Stimulus for Innovation’. Peter Ware, Green Growth Board Chairman, from Midlands Engine will explain the pivotal role the Midlands can play in low carbon hydrogen, to achieve government ambitions to unlock the vast potential of hydrogen, in the nation’s journey to net zero and sustainable growth.

Intelligent Energy is the leading UK developer and a global supplier of hydrogen fuel cell technology.  Its planned new Gigawatt-scale fuel cell production facilities will put the East Midlands at the forefront of zero emission fuel cell power product supply for the global hydrogen economy.  Cenex focuses on low-emission transport and associated energy infrastructure .  Both businesses have contributed to the Midlands Engine Hydrogen Technologies Strategy, which in turn is part of the Ten Point Plan for Green Growth which is galvanising action for a cleaner, greener Midlands.

Other speakers include Rachel York from the Business Gateway, Julian Bowery from Innovate UK and Sue Tilley from the LLEP and STAR Accelerator.  There will be a Q&A session hosted by Charlotte Horobin, Regional Director MAKE UK and Midlands Engine Business Forum, as well as a tour of the Space Park with Will Wells and Omer Ozkirimli.  Do join us to learn how these local businesses have used innovation successfully.

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The Finance Escalator – A look at the different finance requirements for businesses from early-stage finance, at start up through to growth finance for expansion – Innovate UK and partners

Wednesday 16 February 10.00am

Taking place at the Leicester Innovation Hub, this session will provide an overview of the types of finance and support available, from grants, business angels, venture capitalists, debt finance, private equity and Government.

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How the Innovate UK Family Can Help Your Business Grow

Monday 21 February 1:00pm

Taking place at the Leicester Innovation Hub, this event will be a showcase by Innovate UK, Innovate EDGE, KtN and KtP of the support available to your business through innovation. 

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Innovation Friday - Innovation Funding and Opportunities

Friday 25 February 10.00am

Find the funding you need to embark on your next innovation journey & network with other businesses from across our region

This Innovation Friday will be a ‘face to face’, real world meet up at the Brookfield Campus, London Road, in the newly refurbished School of Business buildings and will take place as part of Leicestershire Innovation Festival 2022.

Meet the Innovation experts, identify sources of funding for your project and network with other businesses from across our region.

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