Synap secures £500k Seed funding from existing investors

2nd October 2019

Leeds startup completes major funding round

Leeds-based educational technology startup Synap has completed a major funding round led by Venturian Funding & Investment Group. Synap is an award-winning Learning Management System (LMS) that lets organisations deliver personalised, effective and engaging training at scale.

The company was set up by two University of Leeds undergraduates whilst they were completing their medical training, to help students learn more effectively in less time. Since graduating in 2017, Dr. James Gupta and Dr. Omair Vaiyani, have implemented Synap across a number of companies, including Daimler, The University of Law, and The Medical Defence Union.

After raising initial funds in March 2018, Synap has now raised a further £500,000 from existing investors, including Yorkshire funding and investment firm Venturian, as well Leeds-based tech investors Dr. David Pearce and Stuart Clarke.

CEO of Synap James Gupta, said: “We’re really excited to complete this funding round with our existing investors, which shows the faith they have in the team and the future we’re building at Synap. We’ll be using the funding to expand our team, and to invest in further developing the product to help people learn more in less time.

We’re very proud to be a tech company based in Leeds and to be working with local investors. We’re really looking forward to the future which will see us bringing more attractive jobs into the region and expanding into new sectors”.

Synap Learning Ltd, Platform, New Station Street, Leeds, United Kingdom, LS1 4JB

Greg Allsopp, Investment Director at Venturian commented: “Having made our first investment in Synap eighteen months ago, we’ve been really impressed by how James, Omair, and the Synap team have improved their service offering and brought on board significant clients with long-term contracts. When the time came to further invest, it was an easy decision to continue to support the growth of Synap”.

Leeds City Council CEO, Tom Riordan, said: “Leeds has long been a city of entrepreneurs and it’s great to see tech based companies such as Synap continue to grow. The support network of advisers and funders is stronger than it’s ever been and we’re confident of more success stories like James and Omair’s, which will continue to create valuable jobs in Leeds and the surrounding region”.

Notes to Editors:

Synap is an award-winning online training platform that helps people to learn more in less time. Using neuroscience, Synap’s learning management system allows organisations to deliver personalised, effective and engaging training at scale. The system works with all major e-learning formats and can be deployed in minutes. Clients include myTaxi, the University of Law and PurpleBee Learning.

Venturian is a private family-owned funding and investment group founded in 2015 and based in Yorkshire. Venturian’s brief is to invest in dynamic businesses that have the capacity and people to push their boundaries. Venturian is proud to have invested in a number of the region’s standout businesses such as Humpit and Synap.

For further details, please contact Stuart Clarke on 07789 845799 or at [email protected]

Manoj Ranaweera

Manoj has founded, failed and successfully exited from a number of technology product companies as well as support organisations since 2004. Among them, Northern Tech Awards and edocr.com were acquired by GP Bullhound and Accusoft, Inc respectively. Today, Manoj is building a trusted support network for technology companies. He is working with founding teams to help them accelerate including raising investment and M&A.