KPMG and Nexus announce first five businesses in Leeds incubator

KPMG and Nexus announce the opening of their dedicated incubator space with advisory support for scaleup businesses.

KPMG and Nexus announce the opening of their dedicated incubator space with advisory.

KPMG and Nexus announce the opening of their dedicated incubator space with advisory support for scaleup businesses.

KPMG@Nexus is now home to five businesses: Hero Wellbeing, Caterpillar Health, enteruptors, Work And Communications and Uplift 360 which have unparalleled access to commercial and research expertise through KPMG and the University of Leeds. With businesses working across similar sectors, such as healthcare and ESG, the incubator provides an opportunity for shared learning and collaboration not only between KPMG, the University and the tenant, but also peer to peer.

The space is also available for international businesses looking to test a soft landing in the UK, which is exactly what Australian Fintech business enteruptors have been doing as they look to advance their offering.

Euan West, Leeds office senior partner at KPMG UK, said:

“It’s fantastic to work with our first set of businesses in the KPMG@Nexus space as we see a material impact of our partnership with the University of Leeds. Supporting innovative businesses and entrepreneurs either already in Leeds, or as they consider making the move, is at the heart of what we are trying to do with the incubator space. Here, these businesses have free and unlimited access to knowledge and research that can help them to reach their potential.

“We will be continuing this with other businesses looking for similar opportunities so our door is always open for those who would like to explore joining us in the KPMG@Nexus space.”

Martin Stow, Nexus director, said:

“We’re proud to have launched the KPMG@Nexus incubator and it’s exciting to see our first five businesses already benefitting from a wealth of support from KPMG, Nexus and the University can provide. We’re passionate about supporting scale-ups within the region but also attracting international companies to Leeds, connecting them to our brilliant innovation ecosystem and working closely with them to help accelerate their growth.

Paul Baverstock, founder and chief executive of Caterpillar Health, said:

"I consider myself and Caterpillar really fortunate to participate in the KPMG incubator at Nexus.  Beyond having a great space from which to work it provides a real opportunity to access the brilliant resources and networks of KPMG, its partners at the University of Leeds and in the private sector.  Sharing the space with other entrepreneurs and start-ups in the Leeds ecosystem is inspiring and creates a real sense of shared endeavour. Alison White, our relationship lead from KPMG, couldn't be more helpful and insightful."

George Fairhall, founder & CEO of Work And Communications, said:

“Joining the KPMG@Nexus Accelerator has given us even more to look forward to this year. We have started to scale our start up app company and are currently raising £1,000,000, so couldn't have picked a better time to receive the huge amounts of support on offer from the KPMG/Nexus team. Not only do we have someone to jump in and help with most things that we are faced with, we have a city centre, sparkly new incubator office to call home. After building the business from our living room, then facing the challenges of covid we couldn't be more excited to have finally moved in. I have missed real life interaction so much and can't wait to learn more about the other businesses and share experiences.”

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David Jordan, managing director at enteruptors, said:

“We are reinventing decision-making to help executives cope with a new world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Where A.I. and data is changing how we do business in a risk regulated world. Such paradigm shifts require organisations such as Nexus to make it happen. Nexus is bringing innovators, academics, advisory firms and business together so that we can advance DX – (Decision Experience) - the new science of decision making. This is what attracted enteruptors to Leeds. We have sought such an environment and are grateful for the openness and willingness to work together.  There is a recognition that everyone wins from being successful as a group and this makes grand ideas possible.”

 

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About KPMG UK

KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, operates from 22 offices across the UK with approximately 15,300 partners and staff.  The UK firm recorded a revenue of £2.43 billion in the year ended 30 September 2021.

KPMG is a global organization of independent professional services firms providing Audit, Legal, Tax and Advisory services. It operates in 145 countries and territories with more than 236,000 partners and employees working in member firms around the world. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such. KPMG International Limited is a private English company limited by guarantee. KPMG International Limited and its related entities do not provide services to clients.

 

About Nexus

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Nexus brings together the brightest minds from business, technology and academia. The community of high-growth businesses is located across the globe but has its physical base in a state-of-the-art innovation hub on the University of Leeds campus.

Nexus helps innovators and entrepreneurs turn their big ideas into reality, whether that’s developing a new product or growing a successful business. Ensuring businesses make the right connections at the right time and providing access to research, talent and facilities across the University and beyond. The expert team bridge the gap between business and academia, helping businesses access the knowledge, people and workspace they need to thrive.

Businesses can engage with Nexus in a variety of ways, whether that’s becoming a member of the Nexus community to basing their operations in our high-quality office and lab space.

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