22 Feb

More than 1,000 attendees at Leicestershire Innovation Festival

Launch of Innovation Festival 2024

Leicestershire Innovation Festival 2024 drew more than 1,000 attendees over a busy fortnight of events.

Organisers say that 2024 looks set to be the biggest innovation festival to date – with more events still to come after the Business Gateway Growth Hub took over the annual Leicestershire Innovation Awards.

Early data shows there were at least 1,029 attendees over the initial festival fortnight – with two awards events still to take place next month.

The festival is an annual celebration of ideas and improvements for organisations of all sizes operating in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Led by the Business Gateway Growth Hub, the sixth annual festival had 22 events and launched at Space Park Leicester on Monday 5 February.

This year’s theme was ‘Small Change, Big Impact’, with a keynote speech delivered by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chair, Martin McTague OBE. 

Other highlights across the fortnight-long festival included: 

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE DL, Chair of the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) Innovation Board, said:

The success of our festival once again this year directly reflects the distinctive ambition of our region as one of the most innovative in the UK.

It has delivered such a valuable opportunity for business leaders, entrepreneurs, academics and community representatives to connect, engage and learn – and fast-track their own business innovation journeys.

Our festival has once again delivered real impact, as a catalyst for new ideas, even bolder ambitions and a renewed focus for accelerating business growth.

Phoebe Dawson, Chief Executive, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), said:

The theme for 2024 was ‘Small Change, Big Impact’ and it’s been inspiring to see the number of people engaging this year with events designed to get ideas off the ground.

We’re now looking forward to celebrating those ideas and actions at the Innovation Awards at Sport Park next month.

The festival was sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, Cross Productions, De Montfort University, Exemplas, Freeths, Howes Percival, ITS, Loughborough University, MIRA Technology Park, Novartis, and University of Leicester.

For the first time in 2024, the Growth Hub will also lead the Leicestershire Innovation Awards.

The event will take place on March 20 at SportPark 4 in Loughborough, with a pre-event also planned for the finalists.