The Futurelabs Team

We're here to help 🙂

We have an experienced team with years of knowledge and experience of startups and scale-ups. And if we don't know the answer to what you need (and sometimes we don't...) - we're the gateway into our experienced panel of mentors who we hope will be able to steer you in the right direction...

Steve Round

Steve Wainwright


Steve is co-founder of Futurelabs and is a serial entrepreneur who has not only run and developed large companies, but has also taken a startup from kitchen table into 63 countries and eventual sale. Steve is passionate about developing the tech ecosystem in Leeds.

Emma round

Emma Cheshire


Not only is Emma co-founder of Futurelabs but also the CEO of Dotforge accelerator programme which runs in Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield. Her expertise in advising tech start-ups and raising seed capital makes her an important member of the team.

Beth Round

Beth Stein

Centre Host

Beth is one of our Centre Hosts here at Futurelabs. She manages our co-working space and meeting rooms, and helps with our daytime events. Beth is studying for a degree in Computing & IT with the Open University.


Amy De-Balsi

Networker extraordinaire

Amy is a cofounder and is Futurelabs’ super networker. As a member of Leeds Digital Skills board and founder of Herd, Amy keeps Futurelabs in the loop on Leeds’ digital scene helping us connect with key movers and shakers in the Tech industry.

Matt Round

Matt German

Centre Host

Matt is one of our Centre Hosts at Futurelabs. He helps organise the meet-up events. He also works as a freelance filmmaker at Optical Film.