highlights from the past 12 months
We continue to make connections that count for our community.
Over the past 12 months we’ve helped our member businesses to scale and grow, create new jobs and to raise substantial new funding.
Take a look at our story over the past year at Nexus as our community of innovators continue to have an impact across the region and beyond.
Nexus Director, Dr Martin Stow, takes us through the past 12 months at Nexus and how we’re making connections that count for our community.
From changes and challenges, to the opportunities and impact the Nexus community continues to make for the Leeds City Region and beyond – it’s been a busy year.
MEMBER PERSPECTIVE – SLINGSHOT SIMULATIONS
Hear from Dr David McKee, Founder and CTO at Slingshot Simulations about how he’s made the connections that count at Nexus.
From networking with key players in the Leeds innovation ecosystem to tapping into the University of Leeds’ talent pool and growing their business from a team of 3 to a team of 16 today.
CONNECTING TO FUNDING
Access to funding remains one of the most crucial elements for start-up and small businesses.
Over the past year we’ve helped Nexus businesses raise £35.8 million of private investment and working with colleagues across the University of Leeds, our community has received over £16.5 million in collaborative research funding.
MEMBER PERSPECTIVE – SEEAI
Saile Villegas, Director at Seeai, talks about how she’s made the connections that count for her business.
Being part of the Nexus community has helped Seeai flourish, we’re helping them to forge the strong academic collaborations needed to take their business to the next level.
CONNECTING TO TOP TALENT
Recruitment can be one of the biggest challenges facing start-ups and small businesses that want to scale at pace.
With our support, our community of businesses has created over 175 new full-time jobs, over the past 12 months alone. This includes 52 full-time positions for graduates from the University of Leeds, 32 undergraduate internships and placements and 29 postgraduate research internships.
MEMBER PERSPECTIVE – WE DRIFTERS
Hear from Naudia Salmon, Founder of We Drifters, about how she’s making the most of being part of the Nexus community.
Tapping into our community of innovators has helped Naudia have the right conversations at the right time.
Itecho Health joined the Nexus community in 2019.
Since then, the business has grown rapidly with the support of the Nexus team, who have helped with access to funding streams, grant applications and mock interviews. With Nexus’ support, the company successfully secured £2.2 million of funding from the National Institute of Health Research.
CONNECT TO OUR COMMUNITY
If you’re interested in connecting with the Nexus community, then Nexus Connect is the perfect opportunity. Our next event is on Wednesday 9 November, find out more below.
Nexus Connect brings innovators together to make meaningful connections, discuss new ideas, share common areas of interest and discover opportunities for collaboration.