Matthew Bate, SELA Cohort 2018
In September 2019, myself and a team of five began work on a new form of Assistive Technology: we called it U Calm.
As we began the year, we were coming off the back of our success at Workwise’s Get Up to Speed Event and we had the drive to make a difference.Regrouping, we began our second year in SELA with a brief that focused on the use of data in healthcare. We agreed that we wanted to do something real; we wanted to take this project the whole way and to be able to deliver and contribute a solution to the real world.
As we move forward, U Calm will strive to benefit both students and universities with its unique ability to provide an insight into the wellbeing of the student body, guiding of students to support services to maintain their wellbeing, and its supporting of universities in responding more effectively and in recognising where and how campus activities impact student wellbeing – both positively and negatively. U Calm has two main goals:
- To bridge the gap between students and the community support services available to them; and
- to provide a space for students to learn and monitor their own mental wellbeing.
Simply put, we took it step-by-step. We built a framework and a strategy that allowed us to make the most of any opportunity we faced.
We quickly learnt that the benefit of living in such a connected world meant that people were able to move their services and their lives online with relative ease. Following our final year exams, we enrolled in Sheffield Start-Up Summer, a two-week workshop and enterprise event, run by The University of Sheffield, that focused on developing a start-up business idea – where we already had the idea, we needed the framework.
For two weeks we would login, catch up and progress with the work we were doing on our project and by the end of it, we had a concrete plan for how we would move forward with our project, but most importantly, with the business mindset we were previously lacking.
Moving into the validation stage of our project and with the aid of our partners in the NHS, we were put in contact with The Cooper Project (Sheffield Tech Parks) – a non-profit accelerator program for projects and start-up’s just like ours and as I am writing this blog post now, I can confidently say that I am proud of the progress we have made. Progress that was born of our determination, our support for each other and our ability to react and make the most of the new opportunities we faced.
clicking this link where you will find our questionnaire along with more information about U Calm’s story and our mission.