Start your own business in Leicestershire in 2023

Published: Tue 10th January, 2023

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The following press release was first issued by LUinc.

People with ambitions to start a new business are being encouraged to move quickly to access free support as they establish and grow.

LUinc. is recruiting for its March 2023 intake - about 10 places remain for the latest group in its twice-yearly Wayfinder project.

Businesses have been registering their interest for several weeks and LUinc. - Loughborough University’s business incubator - is offering slots to promising new startups.

Wayfinder is a free six-month development programme for people working on new, early-stage products or services with lots of potential.

Members don’t have to be connected to the university and gain benefits including:

  • Managed office and meeting space across two sites in Loughborough
  • Business coaching
  • Training sessions covering everything from finance to marketing
  • Introductions to specialist networks, mentors, and investors
  • Profile-raising PR and marketing opportunities.

The Wayfinder scheme is supported by Charnwood Borough Council and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).

Incubator manager Pete Hitchings said: “We’re already receiving applications for March and beginning to allocate places, so we would encourage anyone interested to move quickly.

“We work with all kinds of businesses, from social entrepreneurs starting CICs to work in their communities to experienced corporate executives who have decided to start their own business doing something completely different.”

The Wayfinder project is designed to develop a new generation of Leicestershire businesses which are agile, focused on emerging markets, and committed to growth.

LUinc. accepts expressions of interest all year round. Complete the online form and an LUinc. team member will complete an initial review then make contact with you to discuss your idea further.

Go to or email to find out more.