Jim Woods

CEO, BetterSpace

Jim is an entrepreneur with an interest in tackling the big challenges of our time. His career began with 5 years investment banking in New York and Asia, before he returned to the UK to set up a business designing delivery motorbikes. Then CEO of the YOI group, on the board of YO! Sushi and overseeing the developed YOTEL, now an international hotel group. His last 10 years have been working with early stage businesses that tackle social and environmental issues. Today, he’s the CEO of BetterSpace, a start-up looking to turn the tide on the mental health crisis.

BetterSpace’s mission is to make prevention attractive and easy. Most people today only become aware of their mental health when they have a problem, when it can be distressing and expensive. And as modern life undermines our sleep, social connections and sense of community, growing numbers are seeking treatment. The optimist will point to the profusion of new solutions, from social activities such as Parkrun to digital apps such as Headspace, which hint at how we can tackle the problem.

BetterSpace is building an intelligent marketplace that personalise mental health solutions around each individual. We call it the Airbnb for the mind. We’re initially focused on the corporate wellbeing market, with a pilot starting with a major law firm in October. By the end of 2019 we aim to launch a B2C version, a free to use platform with plenty of free activities. We’re interested in meeting amazing UI and UX designers, behaviour economics experts and specialist health investors.


Programme sessions

14:30 – 15:30

Digital Health Applications

In this session we will explore the different ways in which digital health technologies have been applied in product development and in the types of applications that are becoming available to patients, clinicians and healthcare providers. A series of leading developers will showcase their innovations to demonstrate the breadth and diversity of opportunity that digital health now offers, highlighting the vibrancy of the digital health sector across the region. Selected innovations span remote monitoring, imaging, digital therapies, mental health applications and autonomous conversation systems.

Location: Snow Room
Chair: Fred Kemp

Showcase Companies: 

The Airbnb for the mind: how we turn the tide on mental illness?

Jim is CEO of BetterSpace, a start-up seeking to turn the tide on mental illness. BetterSpace is building the first mental wellbeing marketplace focused on prevention, launching its first pilot in 2018. We believe this is an access problem worth solving….

Location: Snow Room
Speaker:  Jim Woods

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The 2019 event will be on  Wednesday 11th September at Oxford Brookes University. 

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