International Women’s Day Interview With Christina Colmer McHugh

To celebrate International Women’s day, we are interviewing five female entrepreneurs within our community to explore their journey as founders.

This interview is with Christina Colmer McHugh, Founder of mental fitness startup Moodbeam.

Although very different projects and backgrounds, all these women share one common objective – they aim to improve people’s health and wellbeing through technology.

Stay up to date with the interview series by keeping an eye on our News Page.

Moodbeam - Christina Colmer McHugh

Could you please share a brief description of your business?

I am the founder and director of health tech start-up Moodbeam. We have developed an award-winning wearable device allowing users to log their mood and monitor their emotional wellbeing – or that of their children, students, parents or employees. The device links to an online and mobile platform, gives insight into how moods change over time and shows parents and trends that can support positive change.

What inspired you to create Moodbeam?

I came up with the idea after my daughter had been suffering from anxiety and I couldn’t find anything else in the market like this to monitor wellbeing and make a positive difference.

What has been your proudest moment or best success as a founder?

Since investment we have had interest from major organisations including health campaigners, universities and the NHS.

Where would you like to see your product in 5 years’ time?

I would like to see Moodbeam helping pioneering organisations and their people to identify and share work, happiness and success. This will help  businesses give their people a greater say in what is top of the agenda. 

Moodbeam could very well be the happiness score for work, leisure, relationships, health and locations. Imagine that! 

What do you think the sector you are trying to support and the investment community can do to help women more?

I’d say creating better gender balance is already happening. Our biggest challenge is to keep it going. We can’t let this era of change be a one hit wonder.

If you could go back to any point in your entrepreneurial journey, what is the one thing you would tell yourself to do again and one thing that you would tweak?

“Measure twice, cut once” – in other words prepare and do a good job.

The fact that when I think something I should share it more – look where this thought has got me!

What advice do you have for other women looking to create their own start-up?

The day that we arrive in the door late and don’t feel apologetic because a child, a dog or a friend needed our help is the day that we will count as an equal. We’re capable, empathetic people and we don’t bring problems and barriers, we bring solutions because we’re forever spinning plates that very rarely break.

Further resources

This is the 4th interview in a series of five celebrating International Women’s Day. Read more on episode one with Jana Dowling, episode two with Melinda Nicci, episode three with Abby Seneor, or further more by visiting our news section.
 
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