About us

Synap is an award-winning online training platform that helps people to learn more in less time.

Our founders, James and Omair, came up with the idea during their own time studying medicine at Leeds University, where they were looking for a more engaging and effective way to study for their exams.

Over time, Synap grew to the point where it was used by 25% of UK medical students, and partnered with Oxford University Press and the Medical Defense Union. Since graduating in June 2017, the two have moved into the business full time.


We're a small, highly experienced team based in Leeds, England.

Dr. James Gupta

Founder and CEO

Dr. Omair Vaiyani

Founder and CTO

Manisha Prabhakar

Education Manager

Charlotte Gupta

Business Development

Hazel Normandale

Web Developer


Graham Berks

Non-Executive Director

Greg Alsopp

Non-Executive Director

Dr. David Pearce

Non-Executive Director

Stuart Clarke

Non-Executive Director

Our Journey

  • 2015

    A new idea

    Whilst studying at Leeds Medical School, James and Omair grew increasingly frustrated by existing learning systems and wanted to create something new that allowed them to fit high quality study time into just a few minutes a day.

  • 2016


    Synap was launched under the name 'MyCQs', a mobile app that let students create, practice and share quizzes. MyCQs emphasised short, regular study sessions to boost engagement and training outcomes.

  • 2017


    When MyCQs was re-branded, Synap was officially born. We partnered with Oxford University Press to offer medical revision content directly to medical students and doctors across the UK. Soon, 1 in 4 UK medical students were revising using Synap

  • 2018


    James and Omair graduated and moved into Synap full time, allowing them to take on staff and dedicate all of their time to improving the platform. Synap launched white-label offerings for businesses, and picked up a number of high profile awards including Northern Stars and Leeds Startup of the Year

Awards & Recognition

Top 10 British AI Companies to Watch

Leeds Startup of the Year 2018

Top 10 Northern Startups 2017

Jisc EdTech Launchpad Winner

Innovation in Education Award

Crown Commercial Service Supplier

See our Press page for more