Soldier.ly and The Project Factory’s app for workplace stress wins the global finals of Pitch @ Palace

Australian tech startup Soldier.ly and digital agency The Project Factory have won the global finals of Pitch @ Palace 2019 for an app that helps people in the workplace suffering from anxiety, stress and depression.

The announcement:


SOLDIER.LY’S ‘IDSTRESS’ app – built by Australian digital development agency THE PROJECT FACTORY – helps users tackle life and workplace anxiety

Tech start-up Soldier.ly was last night announced as a winner of the Global Finals of Pitch @ Palace 2019 in London, UK.

Soldier.ly, who previously won the Australian round of Pitch @ Palace, pitched to global investors, family funds and potential business partners to further the reach of their game changing, innovative app that combats stress, to help people in the workplace suffering from anxiety, stress and depression.

Pitch @ Palace was founded in 2014 to provide a platform to amplify and accelerate the work of entrepreneurs. It gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet the people who can help make their business dreams become a reality.

Chris Rhyss Edwards, the soldier turned entrepreneur developed the idea initially to tackle PTSD, from which he still suffers, with a desire to help military veterans face the future. Due to its success, he now wants to take the apps to a broader user base and tackle the symptoms of these serious conditions in the corporate world.

Soldier.ly partnered with The Project Factory, the digital development arm of global communications agency Way To Blue, as the exclusive tech partner to design and build the watch and phone app. With experience in building world-renowned behavioural change apps, The Project Factory, has built in features to ensure users in the workplace will benefit from regular interaction with the technology with a greater understanding of workplace stress given to the HR team.

Amanda Thirsk, Director Pitch @ Palace said: “We are so proud to showcase inspiring entrepreneurs from across the Pitch @ Palace markets. This evening gave the opportunity for the entrepreneurs to make transformative connections to accelerate their businesses. Congratulations to all of the winners, including Soldier.ly from Pitch @ Palace Australia who join our growing Ecosystem.”

Kat Robinson, CTO at Soldier.ly and Managing Director of The Project Factory, said: “The latest developments from IDStress allows stress levels to be monitored via a dashboard developed for Human Resource departments in the hope to ultimately provide a safer, less stressful environment for staff. This kind of technology will enable genuine understanding in the workplace to combat stress of all types and bring data and management of often unspoken issues to the fore.”

Founder and CEO at Soldier.ly Chris Edwards said: “By securely collecting the data in the workplace, we hope to support businesses in solving and identifying trends and triggers that they may be able to counteract stressful situations when dealing with these challenging conditions. As a long-term sufferer of PTSD myself, I would love to see this type of data better understood by corporations.”

With the overall intent to reduce stress in life and in the workplace, the ID.Stress app is seeing a lot of interest from corporations and investors worldwide. With a large development roll-out planned for 2020, The Project Factory and Solder.ly are looking forward to scaling the products technology and ML capabilities in the new year.


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