Starting a business in Leicester: Participoll

Leicester tech start-up Participoll comments on how the city's enterprise scene is growing and what private, and public, support is available to new businesses

Company name: Participoll
Founder: Ben Ravilious 
Founded: 2014
Description: Allows users to get feedback inside your existing presentations without the preloading of questions, apps, or clickers
Website: www.participoll.com

What’s great about starting a business in Leicester?

Leicester’s start-up scene has exploded in the last couple of years – there are a lot of great groups and community events. This means it a really exciting place for any new company and makes it easy to meet like-minded entrepreneurs.

What business support in Leicester have you used? How was it?

There’s a really good choice of support including private sector organisations like Incubate Leicester and Leicester Tech Startups, as well as public sector support from Leicester City Council, University of Leicester and De Montfort University.

Name the top three reasons to set up a business in Leicester:

  1. Entrepreneurs help each other out here
  2. The scene is growing really quickly
  3. Public sector organisations are supportive without stifling innovation

Where could Leicester be better / what does it need?

We need more entrepreneurs to get involved in the start-up community and we need more infrastructure to nurture them (especially a decent sized co-working space).

How easy has it been to access finance to grow?

There are a number of business angels in the city as well as grant funding from Leicester City Council.

Where do you go to network in Leicester?

Start-up community events run by Leicester Tech Startups, Incubate Leicester, University of Leicester. There’s a list of comprehensive events here: www.leicesterstartups.com

Where do you take a client for a business lunch?

There are loads of great places to take a client to lunch around the city. We personally like Maiyango, The Case, Lilu, Turtle Bay and The White Peacock.

Where’s great for a company night out?

Another big selection, we like to head to the bars and restaurants in the Cultural Quarter, High Street and Braunstone Gate.

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