Investors pitch to Scaleups in the Reverse Dragons’ Den

Last week we hosted our first Reverse Dragons Den in partnership with our friends over at Entrepreneurial-Spark (thanks for having us!). The rationale for this fun event was simple: turn the well-known model of entrepreneurs pitching to investors on its head and give our team of entrepreneurs (all of whom have been through this process) the […]

Safe Spaces and fresh pastries – a special wellness-themed LDCM

Last week was LightStart’s regular Leeds Digital Coffee Morning AND Leeds Wellbeing Week, so we thought it was only right that we combine the two to create a special wellness-themed edition! With the help of our guests, we decided to take a shot at creating a digital platform that enriches inner (or outer) health in […]

What’s the moral of your story?

On Wednesday 11th October, as part of Leeds Business Week, we hosted the first of what we’d like to become a regular event. It was called Short Stories, and it was a very simple idea – we asked people to come along and tell a 10 minute story directly to our audience, sat in a […]

Short Stories, sunsets and snacks

LightStart presents… Last Wednesday we grabbed a group of inspirational people from all types of backgrounds and plonked them into the largest armchair imaginable (see pictures to get an idea) at our Short Stories event. To entertain and inspire guests our speakers relayed their tales of success, woe, adaptation, failure and the fun they had […]

Ask A Grown Up – an adulting app

This morning we dropped an old favourite into a new setting! The 16th instalment of the Leeds Digital Coffee Morning (aka LDCM) marked the very first event to christen LightStart’s new home, Platform, a swanky just-refurbished tower located next to Leeds rail station. Other than the brand spanking new venue, everything about the event was […]

A show and tell…LightStart style

Digital Show’n’Tell – 2nd Edition Last Thursday LightStart took its guests back to basics with a good old fashioned show ‘n’ tell – but improved, because digital! It was only our second instalment of the DSNT, but despite its youth it definitely hasn’t failed to attract a wealth of Leeds-based talent with some exciting gadgets […]

The Work/Life Talk Show – books and downtime

At the end of July we hosted the second instalment of The Work/Life Talk Show, back after three months due to popular demand! This time it was held at our office on the top floor event space complete with roof terrace. Unfortunately, even though it was the end of July, we didn’t get to enjoy […]

Clothes shopping remodelled

Yesterday saw the launch of our new Remodelling Business event… which was also our first event at the wonderfully bright and mind-freeing event space at our new home WorkspaceHub.   For people who have attended our coffee mornings, the format will be familiar – relaxed, non-salesy networking (now with added 4th floor terrace with amazing […]

The Work/Life Talk Show – a balancing act

Last Thursday night saw the EPIC launch of our newest event, The Work/Life Talk Show, as part of the Leeds Digital Festival, held at Dukes Studios in their very rustic event space. Graham Norton-style we had an armchair and sofa on the stage, ambient lighting and yummy food from the heroes at Grub & Grog […]

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