Rebecca Bright of Therapy Box has won the Natwest everywoman Iris Award for 2013. Therapy Box aims to help adults with neurological disorders by offering a 21st century communication tool for people with disabilities.
Therapy Box was launched in 2011 with its first smartphone app Predictable. Each app is designed for people with severe communication and physical disabilities, allowing them to communicate with their families and wider society even with the smallest of movements, such as using a finger or puffing air.
The company now has a team of 11 employees in the UK and 15 in India, where the apps are developed. Therapy Box currently has 12 apps available.
The apps have been launched in German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Spanish as well as in the US, Canada, Australia and other English-speaking markets. Consumers can download them directly from the iTunes store, with her biggest clients being the NHS and specialist schools.
Rebecca was presented with her award at a ceremony at The Dorchester which included over 300 guests.
Caroline Taylor, vice president marketing and communications, IBM Software Group Europe, said: “Entrepreneurs like Rebecca are an inspiration to me, and our vision of building a smarter planet will depend upon them and many more like them.” IBM sponsored the Iris category for the Natwest everywoman awards 2013.
Speaking about the awards everywoman co-founder Maxine Benson, said: “Since we launched these awards 11 years ago, enterprise has become more appealing and lucrative as a career choice and today’s incredible winners are running hugely successful, growth businesses. As well as turning over significant revenues, these women all demonstrate passion for supporting and growing their teams, running socially responsible businesses and acting as ambassadors to UK plc overseas.
“Judging was particularly fierce this year, as the quality of female entrepreneurs was so high, but these exceptional business leaders are well deserving of their accolades. They are all incredibly inspirational entrepreneurs.”
Anne McPherson, managing director, diversity in business at NatWest, said:” The Natwest everywoman Awards have created some amazing role models who inspire other women to take their first steps in realising their business ideas, and we would like to congratulate all of the outstanding entrepreneurs who have been recognised this year.”