Partnerships and Enterprise

Free or subsidised innovation

ERDF & Midlands Engine Logos Stacked VerticallyFree or subsidised innovation and incubation support for SMEs 

Qualifying Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) based in Leicester and Leicestershire interested in developing new products, services and processes with us can potentially access free or heavily-subsidised innovation support. Funding includes Innovation Vouchers of up to £4,000, redeemable only within the University of Leicester. 

To enquire about Innovation Vouchers and working together please get in touch by phone 0116 373 6471 or by emailing, and the Leicester Innovation Hub Team can book you onto the free workshops.

Qualifying criteria

  • Small Medium Enterprise employing fewer than 250 staff 
  • Businesses based in Leicester and Leicestershire 
  • Has a turnover of less than €50 million and/or have a balance sheet of less than €43 million 
  • Received less than €200,000 in public-funded support in the last three years 
  • SME must be trading B2B  
  • Wants to introduce and launch new products, services and processes in collaboration with University of Leicester

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