University of Leeds’ innovation hub Nexus is scaling up its business support network as its community reaches the 100-member milestone.
Nexus has extended its professional service partnerships with KPMG, launching KPMG@Nexus – a dedicated incubator space for businesses to access commercial and research expertise.
Law firm Squire Patton Boggs and IP specialist HGF have also renewed their formal partnerships to support the community this year, to ensure member businesses have access to financial and legal support.
In collaboration with NorthInvest and Leeds City Council, Nexus is continuing its support for Grow@Leeds – a programme aimed at early-stage founders to help them scale their business and aid international expansion.
Start-ups on the Propel@YH accelerator – the latest cohort to join Nexus – will be able to benefit from enhanced support services as part of the innovation community.
Dr Martin Stow, Nexus director, said: “When we launched back in May 2019, our ambition was always to make Leeds a global centre for fast growing start-ups.
“Now with 100 high-growth companies in the Nexus community, who are scaling fast, creating jobs and a wealth of products and services, we are achieving international recognition for the city as a place where those with the most innovative ideas can solve societal problems and create new market opportunities.
“We’re delighted to be able to help those businesses achieve their ambitions and we start 2022 with an expanded support programme, scaled-up network opportunities and some exciting new initiatives, all designed to nurture their continued growth and that of our wider regional economy.”