The latest start-up to spin out of Falmouth University’s venture studio, Launchpad, is on a mission to get people outside and connecting with nature, following a life-changing experience for the founder.
Wylder, the brainchild of Kate Nicholls, is a new wellbeing app designed to help people connect to nature and feel better. It offers regular challenges to encourage people to get outside, discover what’s on their doorstep and capture mindful moments.
Nicholls explained: “In 2018, I had a life changing mountain bike accident. From this I had post-concussion syndrome, a condition with symptoms from brain fog to balance issues to chronic fatigue and extreme noise sensitivity.
“Although it was a very challenging few years, the long-term recovery from the accident made me slow down; it was this that gave me first-hand experience of seeing nature with new eyes, giving me a unique insight into how a more meaningful connection could be made. This became my inspiration and in 2022 Wylder was founded.”
Wylder originally started as a Facebook group called PATCH in 2020. Nicholls joined Launchpad in May last year to fully test the idea and get support to build the app. She already has a community of over 2,000 members and is launching the first version of the app this summer.