Leicestershire Festival of Innovation 2022: schedule of what’s happening and where

Launch of the festival, Monday February 14 (8am-12pm), Space Park Leicester:

Initiate Innovation, Tuesday, February 15 (9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), Harborough Innovation Center: Come discuss your ideas face-to-face with a business advisor from groups such as the LLEP Business Gateway, Digital Upscaler and the NBV program.

Financial indexing, Wednesday 16 February (10am-12pm), online event: Join Innovate UK for an overview of different financing options for businesses, from start-up financing to growth financing for expansion.

Meet the Founders, Wednesday 16 February (12:30-2pm), online event: Join start-up founders to find out how LU Inc. – Loughborough University’s business incubator – has helped them succeed.

Finance your innovation with start-up loans, Wednesday 16 February (12.30-1.15pm), online event: British Business Bank partners with Leicester Startups for the first of two online webinars on access to finance.

How to make your fashion business successful today, Wednesday February 16 (2 p.m.-5 p.m.), at Fashion-Enter Ltd; Fashion-Enter social enterprise seminar which offers £5,000 grants to support textile businesses.

Say hello to the Growth Hub, Thursday 17 February (8am-4pm), at Love Business Expo: Meet business growth experts from LLEP Business Gateway at the annual Love Business Expo in Loughborough.

How the Innovate family can help your business grow, Monday 21 February (12pm-1.30pm), Leicester Innovation Hub and Online: Innovate UK hosts a session showcasing the financial support available in the region, with case studies of companies that have received financial support.

Q&A: LU Inc. Business Acceleration Program, Monday 21 February (2 p.m.-4 p.m.), online: the members of the Loughborough University business incubator team present the founders of their community of innovative and supportive start-ups.

Thinking differently for business growth, Tuesday 22nd February (9am-1pm), Charnwood Innovation Hub: Medilink Midlands and Charnwood Campus – the UK’s premier life science opportunity zone – are hosting an event explaining how innovation is lifeblood of business success.

Design 101: How Prototyping Works, Tuesday, February 22 (12 p.m.-1 p.m.), online: Find out how the De Montfort University Design Unit could transform your business and learn how the product design process works, from concept to completion.

Innovation in the theme entertainment industry: round table, Tuesday, February 22 (12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.), online: Experts from audiovisual and immersive media specialists Holovis, in Hinckley, participate in a roundtable.

What it takes to raise equity, Tuesday, February 22 (2-4 p.m., online: Oxford Innovation is hosting a seminar where members of the public can chat with fundraising experts.

Collaborate to bring sustainable innovation to packaging, Tuesday, February 22 (2-4 p.m.), online: The Aquapak Polymers team describe how they are using a knowledge transfer partnership with Loughborough University to develop environmentally friendly polymers for packaging recyclability.

Hydrogen in the Midlands, Wednesday, February 23 (9:30-10:30 a.m.), online: Anthony Baxendale, Head of Horizon Scanning for HORIBA MIRA leads a discussion on solutions from fuel cells to hydrogen heavy trucks, etc.

Finance your innovation with Business Angel Investment, Wednesday 23 February (12.30-1.15pm) online: British Business Bank and Leicester Startups present the second of their online webinars for the festival on access to finance.

Digital UpScaler Tips, Wednesday, February 23 (2 p.m.-4 p.m.), online: The Digital UpScaler team provides personalized digital advice and expertise to businesses looking to grow. The ERDF-funded project is managed by East Midlands Chamber.

Technical Innovation at the service of High Quality Care, Thursday 24 February (10am-11am), online: Medilink and De Montfort University examine technological developments in the service of future healthcare.

Achieving well-being: an innovative approach to occupational health, Thursday, February 24 (12 p.m.-2 p.m.), online: Steve Perkins Associates offers innovative approaches to occupational health protection, which will be of particular interest to construction and manufacturing.

Leicestershire Live Innovation Awards 2022, Thursday 24 February (from 6.00pm), King Power Stadium: The fourth LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards celebrate the achievements of local businesses.

Innovation Friday, Friday 25 February (10am-1pm), UoL School of Business: Funding Innovation is the theme of Leicester Innovation Hub’s monthly event moving to the new University of Leicester School of Business building on the Brookfield campus.

Training on reducing carbon emissions: an introduction for SMEs, Friday, February 25 (1-2 p.m.), online: Learn about reducing carbon emissions and what climate change means for your business. Part of the Race to Zero Carbon Accelerator program, based at the University of Leicester Innovation Hub.

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