£65,000 reward

Wellbeing firm Frog Systems picks up top startup prize

Phil Worms: exciting platform

Phil Worms, founder of mental health and wellbeing company Frog Systems, has received the £65,000 top prize at this year’s Startup Summit following a live digital pitch battle watched by 1,000 delegates.

The firm uses video to communicate messages of hope and signpost support to those in need.

Fellow finalists were Dr Tayyaba Nafees of CyberShell and Caroline McKenna of Social Good Connect, who had been selected from more than 100 ‘tech for good’ applicants from across the UK.

The top prize comprises a business support package from Johnston Carmichael, Fiverr, Rekall Consulting, STV, AAI EmployAbility and PurposeHR, and a fully-funded place on FutureX’s Silicon Valley Scale programme.

Phil Worms said: “Winning the competition offers us an exciting platform on which to build our profile as we look to market and scale the business, and to promote Scotland’s thriving tech for good community of which we are proud to be a part.”

Competition judge Hugh Lightbody, chief officer at Business Gateway National Unit said: “It was inspirational to hear from the finalists in the competition and the incredible ideas they have and, once again, it was difficult to choose between them.

“However, it is evident that tackling the health and economic crisis that Covid-19 has wrought is taking its toll on mental health and wellbeing.

“Phil highlighted the massive economic cost of absenteeism and lost productivity and the judges felt that Frog Systems approach to supporting this huge issue made the greatest contribution to wellbeing and the economy.

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