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Synap Wins ‘Northern Stars’ Award!


A great evening for Synap last night as we won the Northern Stars regional heat in front of a packed out audience of over 170 people in Leeds. Over 100 companies applied for the competitive award, with 10 companies competing with a strict time limit of 3 minutes followed by intense questioning from expert judges.

The 10 startups pitching at Northern Stars Leeds

There were some great pitches from a range of Leeds-based startups including Tutora, Kwizzbit and Hark, highlighting the growing pace of tech development within the north of England. As Ed Prior, one of the judges from GP Bullhound, mentioned last night, if the North was a country by itself, it would be the 5th biggest user of tech within Europe.

Synap will now compete against 20 companies at the Northern Stars grand final in November, with the winners representing the North of England at TechCrunch Disrupt in Berlin.


Samantha Deakin, one of the judges from Campus Capital, was impressed with how far Synap have come within the last year alone. Both co-owners of Synap, James and Omair, have managed to capture 20% of the UK medical market whilst juggling with their own exams in the final year of medical school. Now fully qualified doctors, James and Omair are currently focusing full-time on Synap to help the next generation of medical students and doctors pass their exams.

Last night’s win is a great way to kick off the new academic year, and hopefully represents the first of many awards to come! As a company, we have continued to grow through securing content from leading experts and top tier educational publishers, Oxford University Press, acquiring over 3,000 multiple-choice questions from 7 of the world-renowned Clinical Handbooks.

A big thank you to TechNorth for organising the event, and we’d encourage you to check out the other startups who presented too!