Networking and workspace

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Leicester’s Start-up Community - Building a network of like-minded people who can help, support and challenge you is essential to making your idea a reality. You can connect with Leicester's thriving Start-up community of early stage start-ups, entrepreneurs, freelancers, professionals, social entrepreneurs and change makers through Leicester Start-up Digest.

University of Leicester Business Network (LinkedIn) – connecting student and graduate businesses, alumni of the University, academic business champions, professionals and entrepreneurs.

Social Enterprise Leicester (LinkedIn) – Supporting new and existing social enterprises and voluntary and community groups in Leicester.

Meet entrepreneurs

Getting the right help, support and expertise to enable your ideas to flourish is important. Here at Leicester you can meet with, discuss ideas and learn from Entrepreneur Mentors or explore a specific sector with Entrepreneurs in Residence. 

Entrepreneur Mentors – accessing our wider network of experienced entrepreneurs will enable you to discuss and share experiences of establishing and growing your business. Connect with mentors via Leicester Connect

Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiR) – speak with individuals with industry specific expertise such as in retail, creative, legal, life science, space and social enterprise.  Entrepreneurs in Residence are campus based and linked with one of our Departments and Leicester Innovation Hub.  Regular appointments available to book via MeetMe

Access workspace and hot-desking for our members 

Workspace and co-working on campus – co-work with fellow entrepreneurs in our dedicated Leicester Start-up Accelerator Hatchery workspace; comprising hot-desking, meeting and training spaces.

Co-working in Leicester – co-working spaces are low-cost, low commitment shared workspaces where freelancers, startups and community groups can go to work, meet, learn and connect.

Access a network of co-working spaces.