Leading innovation in Leicester and Leicestershire

LLEP Innovation Board members come together from across sectors to create and deliver long-term innovation strategy for the region.
These leaders are using innovation to as a means of building local collaboration, growth, and opportunity, while simultaneously safeguarding future prosperity and productivity.

Origins of the Innovation Board


Working with Government

The LLEP was one of six local enterprise partnerships selected by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to take part in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP).



The MIT REAP framework is used for growing innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world.
The LLEP completed the programme in 2020.
The LLEP’s work with MIT REAP is now being used as the basis of our Innovation Strategy.


Growing our economy

Our MIT REAP report envisaged Leicester and Leicestershire’s economy growing by 5-10% above the national average.
This will be achieved by creating a high-performing economy developed around existing and emerging clusters.


Supporting growth

Such a vision requires investment, upskilling, and improved collaboration between small entrepreneurial organisations and larger ‘beacons'.
Developing our Innovation Strategy will help to achieve this by increasing regional productivity and supporting growth.

“The LLEP was part of our inaugural MIT REAP UK cohort, and a highly driven multi-stakeholder group who were committed to accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship in their region to achieve economic and social impact.

"Through their MIT REAP work, the LLEP sought to foster the innovation-driven entrepreneurial culture and community especially in their key regional strengths. We are thrilled to see the launch of the Innovation Board and Innovation Strategy and look forward to celebrating its progress.”

Professor Fiona Murray CBE

William Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean for Innovation & Inclusion
MIT Sloan School of Management

Our purpose

The LLEP Innovation Board provides strategic focus and thought leadership on innovation in Leicester and Leicestershire.

It reports to the LLEP Board and supports delivery of innovation activity outlined in the MIT REAP vision document and the LLEP's Economic Growth Strategy.

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Responsibility and powers

The LLEP Innovation Board leads on delivery of the Innovation pillar of the LLEP's Economic Growth Strategy.

This is achieved through powers which include:

Providing strategic advice on innovation to the LLEP Board

Driving and coordinating necessary activity and interventions

Increasing collaboration between universities, businesses, and other stakeholders

Assessing policies, proposals and investment linked to innovation

Building collaborations across sectors, with Innovate UK, UKRI, Government, trade associations, and industry bodies

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Board members

The LLEP Innovation Board is chaired by LLEP Board director Dr Nik Kotecha OBE DL and meets quarterly. Its members are drawn from leading businesses and organisations actively involved in innovation strategy and delivery.

LLEP Board members include:

Up to three LLEP directors

At least one representative from each LLEP priority sector

Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering


Health and Life Sciences


At least one SME representative

Senior executive officer from Innovate UK

Senior executive officer from British Business Bank

Senior representatives of

De Montfort University

Loughborough University

University of Leicester

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Our Partners

Our Associates and Stakeholders

Get involved with Innovative Leicestershire

Collaboration is fundamental to achieving our goals. If you are interested in becoming part of what we are doing then there are a host of ways to get involved, from attending an event to relocating your organisation.

Innovative Leicestershire team