Funding for young entrepreneur
Pick secures £744,000 to launch personal alarm
Rebecca Pick, 23, who founded Pick Protection two years ago, will use the new funding to launch her Personal Guardian clip-on device early next year.
She raised £60,000 from an angel investment syndicate last year and this latest round was led by Equity Gap alongside the University of Strathclyde, Gabriel Investment Syndicate, Scottish Investment Bank and Unipart Group. The latter will also help with the product’s delivery.
Her device was first revealed in Daily Business in June last year soon after she presented to the Converge Challenge pitching competition and she has since received widespread media coverage.
The Personal Guardian, which will be manufactured in Scotland, will be the only monitored personal attack alarm readily available to the consumer market that is capable of sending a police response.
It is easily attached to a belt, lanyard or clothing and will send a text containing the location to pre-determined phone contacts and via a recording system, gathering evidence than can be used in court to assist in gaining a conviction.
The device is activated by pressing two buttons on either side, turning the user’s mobile phone into a recording device and using its GPS to give police the wearer’s exact location.
The recording allows staff at a monitoring station to confirm whether the attack warrants police assistance, and it can also be used as evidence at a later date, if required, which could prove vital. It can also alert family and friends by sending them a text message.
John Neill, chairman and chief Executive at Unipart Group said: “Unipart is delighted to be supporting a young entrepreneur like Rebecca with the passion and drive to make a difference.”