Press Release

Social Media to set the Agenda for Technology and Innovation Event

By SpaceRef Editor
May 9, 2014
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Following the success of its first three business networking events, the Space IDEAS Hub at the University of Leicester is turning the tables for its next event on Thursday 12 June 2014 at Phoenix Square, Leicester and asking the delegates to decide the content of the programme.

Dr Ed Chester, Project Manager of the Space IDEAS Hub said: “We’ve hosted three fantastic events so far with over 300 people coming to hear a programme that we’ve put together, and to network with like-minded people and our specially selected business advisors. The region is home to fantastic companies and technology and this time we wanted the delegates to decide what they would like to hear about.”

Interested parties are invited to submit ideas for talks on the dedicated event website – – and then the power of social media will take over! The list of potential talks is open for anyone to vote on what they’d like to hear about. The programme will not be finalised until it actually starts.

Dr Andy Powell of the Space IDEAS Hub said: “We’ve no idea how it is going to turn out, but that is true of any innovation and we’re really excited to see what ideas people propose. We expect to hear stories from local companies about their business, technologies, successes, ideas, even failures – anything goes! I hope we get the full spectrum from start-ups to multinationals.”

The Space Ideas Hub is a knowledge exchange and technology commercialisation initiative created, managed, and hosted by the Space Research Centre of the University of Leicester. A successful European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) application together with matched funding from the University enables a dedicated team to undertake a broad programme of activities intended to help businesses exploit the capacities and technologies developed for space-related projects.


Notes to editors:

Please contact Ed Chester for further details on 0116 229 7700 or
About ERDF nationally

The ERDF Programme aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by supporting regional economic development.

The ERDF objectives for England are:

– Promoting innovation and knowledge transfer

– Stimulating  enterprise and supporting successful business

– Ensuring sustainable development, production and consumption

– Building sustainable communities

– Improving accessibility and connectivity (for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly only – as part of their Convergence Programme).

A Programme Monitoring Committee consisting of regional stakeholders such as Government Offices, LEPs, Regional Assemblies, Local Authorities, Sub-regional Partnerships, Higher Education Institutions, Trade Unions, and the private and voluntary sectors will monitor and oversee programme implementation in each region.

For more information on ERDF funding generally, please visit:

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