“Tech-for-good” start-up Brain in Hand secures £200,000
Clearly Social Angels investment to drive growth of platform which helps people with neurological conditions
Brain in Hand, a start-up which provides collaborative technology to help people with neurological conditions, has raised £200,000 in a round led by angel investor network Clearly Social Angels (CSA) and The Solent Growth Hub; an initiative administered by the University of Portsmouth.
Founded by Andrew Stamp after he sought to find more services for his son with autism, Brain in Hand offers a website and app which links vulnerable individuals such as those with autistic spectrum disorders or mental conditions, to their carers and professional organisations by enabling them to plan their day and “manage their anxiety”.
For instance, if a user wanted to catch a bus but is anxious about travelling alone and unsure how, there is a personal “solutions bank” where the user can check the timetable, call the bus helpline, and get advice on what to do if the bus is late.
The platform also offers a ‘mood monitoring’ traffic light system which the user can press to access help immediately or get advice from their mentors who can communicate with them and intervene.
It intends to use the funding to develop its offering and capitalise upon the market which it claims has “a huge capacity for growth”.
Brain in Hand CEO, David Fry, said: “Our technology allows professional organisations to support their front-line carers, who in turn can better support the vulnerable individual.
“In early trials, we have seen these individuals achieve high levels of independence and reduced anxiety, leading to new levels of achievement and life skills. This investment will allow us to further develop the technology and apply it to new clinical areas.”
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ClearlySo investment manager, Katrina Cruz, continued: “The management team behind Brain in Hand embody a remarkable balance between passion, clinical understanding and commercial nous.
“They are a true example of the “tech for good” businesses that we see emerging all over the country.”