Rajinder Bhuhi

Loughborough's business incubator further boosts support for start-ups

Loughborough University has further boosted its support to business start-ups with the appointment of a new Incubation and Acceleration Associate.

Rajinder Bhuhi will lead on a series of new, targeted programmes designed to enhance support to new businesses in the region, as well as providing specialist business guidance, training and coaching to early-stage entrepreneurs in the University’s dedicated business incubator, LUinc..

Rajinder, who joins from the University of Leicester, brings a wealth of expertise in leading and managing the delivery of innovation growth programmes. An experienced business coach, Rajinder has worked extensively with businesses to help them achieve their ambitions for growth and take their products, services and processes to market.

Rajinder’s appointment further bolsters the vibrant entrepreneurial community at LUinc.. Based at Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP) and at the Careers and Enterprise Hub in Loughborough town centre, the business incubator accepts expressions of interest all year round for people working on start-ups and social enterprises.

A key part of her role will include working to achieve the ambitions of the New Business Wayfinder programme, which aims to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs and help early-stage business founders to design, test and execute new business ideas.  

Part of the Healthy and Innovative Loughborough project funded by Loughborough Town Deal, New Business Wayfinder will lead to the creation of sixty new businesses and see companies gain access to a brand-new product & service Prototyping space at LUSEP as well as a dedicated innovation space in the town centre.

Rajinder said: “I am delighted to have joined the team and to have the opportunity to contribute to the already outstanding work being carried out with supporters and the dynamic community of entrepreneurs and founders within the team. I've received a warm and wonderful welcome to the #Loughboroughfamily, and I'm excited about the potential of further development and growth, both here locally in Loughborough and across the region. It will be great to form further connections and collaborations with our partners and stakeholders within all our networks."

Incubator manager Pete Hitchings said: I am thrilled that Rajinder has joined the team, especially as Loughborough is making significant investments in innovation, enterprise, and incubation to further its ambitions of supporting the growth of startups and spinouts. We have recently refurbished our incubator space and have numerous projects and activities underway to bolster our community of entrepreneurs and founders in their pursuit of growth. Having Rajinder on board is a fantastic boost for both the team and the region, and I look forward to our collaboration."

Support available through the programme is worth up to £10,000 and includes an office space, mentoring, and cut-price software. Other perks include expert-led workshops and training sessions, potential follow-on funding, networking opportunities and events.

Aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to express an interest can complete the online form or email incubator@lboro.ac.uk to find out more and speak to an adviser.