Nephos 100k

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3rd May 2019

4pm - 6pm Avenue HQ, Leeds, LS1 2BH

Challenge Overview

Nephos 100k Startup Challenge is an initiative of Nephos Solutions, an established independent software vendor based in Headingley, Leeds, and supported by not-for-profit investment organisation, NorthInvest.

We are interested in investing and supporting business propositions that have the potential to be part of our core portfolio of supported applications.

Nephos is offering the winner the opportunity to incubate and bring their business concept to market with the support and stability of a company that has created and supported successful SaaS applications and disruptive IT solutions over the last 9 years.

The successful pitch will be formed as a distinct corporate legal entity in which Nephos will take a 25-40% stake, to be negotiated based on the current stage of the business, potential and risk.

Final Pitching Event: Friday 3rd May, 4pm


Nephos 100k Winner

Lift Lessons

Lift Lessons creates animated video lessons and digital resources to build vocabulary, while also providing jobs and training in tech to young people facing barriers to employment.

The Event

3rd May 2019
Closing Event, Leeds Digital Festival
4pm - 6pm

Pitches to be no longer than 10 minutes.
With 5 minutes for Q&A.

Avenue HQ

Shortlisted Applicants

Cerebrum Matter

Cerebrum Matter are a digital healthcare company focused on solutions for early onset dementia symptoms.


Deeno is a company dedicated to improving oral hygiene among the younger generation. It leverages technology to create sophisticated products that are effective and easy to use.


JARP is a business platform aiming to facilitate the exportation of Crabs from England to China. The platform relies on the relationship in China, forming a business model of backup purchasing for large importers and order combination for small importers.

Lift Lessons

Lift Lessons creates animated video lessons and digital resources to build vocabulary, while also providing jobs and training in tech to young people facing barriers to employment.

Winner's Package

Cash Investment

A £20'000 cash investment.


Office accommodation and facilities.

Developer Time

A minimum of 100 days of development time from our team of 5 developers.

Branding and Marketing

In-House Branding and marketing support.

Help Desk Support

An ITIL based help desk to support customers and users with any developed product.

Finance Support

A finance support function.

Mentoring and Support

Mentoring and support from our Directors (Business Planning, Sales, CTO , Corporate Finance)

Legal Set-up

Legal Set-up and support (provided by Mills and Reeve LLP).

Nephos Solutions

Nephos Solutions is an established independent software vendor based in Headingley. We specialise in writing bespoke business solutions that disrupt traditional software applications and markets. We provide innovative solutions that leverage technology to its maximum capacity creating efficiency, automation, reduced operational costs and ultimately an increase in net profit margin.

The current team came together in 2010 and successfully exited one application to a major UK listed insurance software provider, and currently have SaaS applications that are sold to Legal Administration Support organisations, General Practitioners, UK Private Pilots, Flight Schools and Interior Designers.

Over the last 2 years the Nephos team have invested heavily in writing a business application development framework, which allows us to rapidly design, write and deploy sophisticated applications on Desktop, Tablet and Mobile, using modern responsive web layouts. This framework allows the company to build the 60%+ that all applications require without writing a single line of code.

This combines the usual separation of UI, Business Logic, and backend Database into a single drag and drop interface that facilitates the rapid development of graphically and feature rich applications using a single set of forms and business rules.

In addition to “In house” use of this framework, it is sold to other ISVs as a SAAS product for development of their own applications. Current customers include large corporates such as Honeywell.

Nephos Solutions is an ISO9001 and ISO27001 accredited organisation and run an ITIL compliant service/support desk.

NorthInvest is a not-for-profit organisation connecting tech and digital start-ups with mentors and investors in the North of England. Founded by serial tech entrepreneur Professor Adam Beaumont, the NorthInvest community includes angel investors, business leaders, and forward-thinking stakeholders who are all passionate about fuelling the tech innovation revolution and seeing the region and its startups thrive.

Judging Panel


Dr David Pearce

CEO, Nephos Solutions

Peter Laithwaite

Sales and Marketing Director, Nephos Solutions
Stuart Clarke

Stuart Clarke

Digital Marketing Consultant and Director, Leeds Digital Festival

Paul Johnson

Partner and Head of Corporate Team, Mills & Reeve LLP, Leeds

Lizzie McCloy

Senior Manager, Enterprise at KPMG,
Investor Lead & Entrepreneur Coach at NorthInvest
Dr James Gupta2

Dr James Gupta

Co-Founder of Award winning Leeds digital start-up, Synap

Simon Palmer

Partner, Garbutt & Elliott

Nephos Solutions reserve the right to award the package to none or more than one of the pitches. Any award will be subject to due diligence and the completion of reasonable legal agreements.