A team of MSc Product Design students at Cardiff Metropolitan University is set to introduce an innovative new app to the care sector having excelled in the Care Innovation Challenge, a nationwide hunt to find new solutions to the latest trends and challenges faced by industry service providers.
Having initially travelled to Wimbledon to take on other competitors from across the UK, the Cardiff Met team were one of the select few groups chosen to go through to the challenge's next stage.
Olly Webb, Verity Moorehouse and Alex Whelan's mentoring app is targeted at improving the sector's number one challenge - low staff retention rates - by encouraging greater connectivity between supervisors and workers through instant feedback, motivation and guidance tools.
Having seen potential in the concept, the competition judges awarded the team the support of two mentors and a £500 development fund to enable them to spend the next four weeks developing their idea and undertaking numerous trips to care providers.
The subsequent journey has seen them pitch at the Department of Health and Social Care and visit the National Care Forum, where they were afforded the opportunity to pitch and network with 300 CEOs, managers and influencers in the care sector before attending the Rising Stars Future Leaders lunch.
Talking about their journey, the students said: "We couldn't have imagined how quickly things would have developed when we first travelled to the Care Innovation Challenge weekend hackathon back in February.
"The process has been a very rewarding and enjoyable experience with a range of people from different disciplines working together to try and solve the big issues in the care sector.
"We are now focused on getting our product to market and are in discussions with care providers and app developers.
"We are all very excited about what the future holds and the opportunity we have been given to make a positive difference to the care sector."
On their burgeoning success, Product Design Programme Director Dr Clara Watkins said: "The accomplishments of the team are testament to both their creativity and commitment to seeing a project through from beginning to end.
"We are immensely proud of what they have achieved thus far and will be certain to support their endeavours as they head into the next stage of this promising enterprise."