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Young entrepreneurs: James Gupta, Synap

Startups' 25 year-old resident blogger sold his first business to Addison Lee and now juggles running a revision app with studying for a degree in medicine

Name: James Gupta
Company: Synap
Age: 25

While the stress and strain of running a business can often be too much for even the most experienced entrepreneur, James Gupta has managed to do just that while simultaneously completing a medical degree.

Just 25 years-old, the Leeds University student is scaling his second business, having sold his first venture – JumpIn – to Addison Lee for a respectable £180,000.

A taxi booking app, JumpIn was targeted towards students who could share taxis with other students for a fixed price thus providing a cheaper alternative to regular black cab journeys. Prior to its acquisition, JumpIn had expanded to five UK cities and had successfully raised investment.

Following his exit from JumpIn, Gupta launched online study platform Synap in 2015. The revision tool allows users, teachers and students, to create multiple choice quizzes and share them online.

Having received a £5,000 grant from Leeds University and fuelled by £195,940 crowdfunding via Crowdcube, Gupta has already hired his first full time employee and won his first commercial contract.

Available on iOS and Android, the app – which works on a freemium model – has been downloaded by over 80,000 students and has over 1,000 paying customers.

Not content with juggling running a business with university studies, Gupta has recently joined an elite rank of guest bloggers on where he gives back to the start-up community by writing regular columns, offering insider business lessons and advice.

With Synap enjoying good health and Gupta set to graduate this year, our diagnosis is that this entrepreneur is certainly one to watch…


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