Community & Portfolio Manager, Dotforge
Helena joined the accelerator team in 2015 supporting the development and delivery of the Impact program in Manchester and Health + Data program in Leeds. She now continues to support teams as they gain traction and raise funding. With a background in education and entrepreneurship, she has extensive experience working with diverse groups, including those as young and creative as first graders to those more systems oriented like tech founders. While she has been mentoring startups since 2012, she is also an active team member of several startups herself. She feels strongly about using entrepreneurial methods and tech for making a change, solving problems and doing good.
Chair, Manchester Entrepreneurs
Vojta is a 4th year MChem Chemistry student who fell in love with the Manchester startup scene and hasn’t looked back since. On a day to day basis he tries to help students start up businesses by providing mentoring opportunities through events and his AccelerateMe Programme. He likes to think of himself as a super connector.
Founder of Rentlord (#500Startups, #Seedcamp, #TechCrunchDisrupt), a disruptive online property portal for P2P tenants and landlords to rent and manage tenancies.
Entrepreneur-in-Residence and investor at Dotforge Impact, a Cabinet Office accelerator for tech entrepreneurs that want to create a social impact with their product, either as its main focus or a positive effect. Formerly a Cambridge Commonwealth scholar in critical theory and published poet, I’m passionate about education and exploring the intersection between technology and the humanities.
CEO & Founder, Synap
I’m a final year medical student at Leeds University, and the Founder & CEO of Synap, an online education platform that uses AI and neuroscience insights to help students learn more in less time. My co-founder and I came across the idea in our second year of university, whilst looking for a more engaging and efficient way to study. Having found a method that worked – creating, practicing and sharing short quizzes with each other – we built it into a simple app.The app gained 15,000 downloads from students all over the world in 6 hours, which made us realise we’d tapped into something incredibly exciting, and spent the next year iterating on and improving the app, which at the time we called MyCQs. We looked at what made MyCQs successful, identifying key features as being the ability to help students learn more in less time. Incorporating new, intelligent algorithms and a marketplace model, we took the platform in a radical new direction under the name Synap.
Consultant ENT Surgeon, Medical Director, Cupris Ltd
Julian has nearly twenty years’ experience as an ENT and thyroid surgeon.Alongside his work as a surgeon he is also the co-founder and Medical Director of Cupris Health. Cupris Health is a digital health company that exploits web and smartphone technology to improve healthcare communication. The Cupris system comprises a healthcare communications app and web app, in addition to smartphone connected medical devices. Their first device is a smartphone otoscope, for examining ears. They have also developed a smartphone ophthalmoscope for retinal examinations.