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Leicestershire Innovation Festival programme

12 January 2022

At this stage, we are in the process of finalising the programme of events for Leicester Innovation Festival 2022 so this page will continue to carry updates as new events are added and booking links confirmed by our partners. Please check back regularly and follow the hashtag #LeicsIF22 on Twitter.


Monday 14 February 

Launch Event – Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation 

Space Park Leicester is the venue for our morning launch event with a special focus on Leicestershire’s Advanced Manufacturing sector.  Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chair of Leicestershire Innovation Board will introduce Phil Hadfield from Rockwell Automation, along with a panel of professionals who have made innovations within their companies.

Further details and booking link to follow shortly.


Tuesday 15 February 

Leicester Accelerator: A local partnership has UK Community Renewal Funding: Textiles 


Wednesday 16 February 

The Finance Escalator

Innovate UK / EDGE / KtN


Financing your Innovation with Start-up loans

The British Business Bank, in partnership with Leicester Start-ups explains how to find the money to make your innovative idea a reality so that you can start your own business around it.  12.30-1.15pm

Meet the Founders 

LU Inc at Loughborough University


Fashion-Enter Ltd, FashionCapital, FCFTA 


Thursday 17 February

Love Business Expo – all day

Come and talk to Business Gateway Advisers at Stand B22


Monday 21 February

Q&A on The Business Accelerator Programme – Drop-in Session

by LU Inc. at Loughborough


Tuesday 22 February

Showcase – Charnwood Innovation Centre and Medilink


Wednesday 23 February 

Hydrogen in the Midlands – how Midlands Innovation is acting as a catalyst for the transition to a Hydrogen society.  9.30-10.30am 

HORIBA MIRA once again shares its pioneering work on alternative fuels in response to the need to reduce carbon emissions across the world.  Anthony Baxendale, Head of Horizon Scanning, will be joined by Sean Crespin, Strategic Marketing Head for Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Business, HORIBA UK. He will discuss Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Solutions for Tomorrow’s Challenges.There will also be an update on H2GVMids helping the Midlands make the transition to hydrogen powered 44t HGVs.

Financing your Innovation with Business Angel investment 

The second event from The British Business Bank in partnership with Leicester Start-ups explains how to attract so called ‘business angels’ to invest in your innovative idea to launch it and support it to an agreed destination.  12.30 – 1.15pm


Thursday 24 February 

Innovation Board Meeting

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, chairs this meeting of the Leicestershire Innovation Board

Leicestershire Live Innovation Awards 

An evening that celebrates innovators across Leicestershire


Friday 25 February

Innovation Friday at Leicester Innovation Hub