Reflection: 'Free Cake Friday' at the Innovation Hub

Posted by mn251 at Apr 09, 2019 11:47 AM |
Information concerning the Innovation Hub’s latest monthly business networking session.

On Friday 29 March, Leicester Innovation Hub played host to students, researchers and members of the public for the latest of its ‘Free Cake Friday’ networking events.

Aimed at forging collaborations and fostering new ideas, Free Cake Friday takes place on the last Friday of every month. It’s a schedule of talks and discussions with networking opportunities for business start-ups. Attendees comprise of enterprising academics, local innovators, regional businesses and the Innovation Hub Team itself.

The event is perfect for students looking to expand their networks - it presents the chance to meet recent student/graduate start-ups and gain valuable insight into what your future career may look like.

We're happy to say that the March event – which took place on March 29 – was a huge success. A packed house of entrepreneurs attended sessions on data analytics and decision-making. Topics included how informatics can enhance user experience (UX), as well as the impact of earth observation on agriculture and water management.

According to Innovation Hub Business Manager Rajinder Bhuhi: ‘It’s about expanding your network, and getting to know what’s going on in your industry sector. It’s about bringing people together so that they can have serendipitous conversations without pressure and learn about what opportunities they can get involved with.’

In addition, attendees were offered the chance to learn about seven fully-subsidised Industrial MPhil projects - programmes designed for students who are interested in a crossover of industry experience and academic research.

Current Industrial MPhil student Pablo Gallego Anex said: ‘The MPhil is both an industrial placement and a research project, so it opens both doors. I can go into industry because I have experience from attending industry events. I am also a part of the academic side of things - I do research and attend conferences and seminars.’

Free Cake Friday will return to Leicester Innovation Hub on Friday 26 April.

It’s free and open to everyone. Please register here to attend.

More information about opportunities with the Innovation Hub.

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