MEET THE CO-FOUNDER OF JESEY

10 Aug 2020 | Student Life

With an increasing amount of young adults reporting poor mental health, it is now more important than ever to provide support wherever we can. Jesey is a self-care A.I assistant that aims to help boost confidence, mood and motivation. Built on the belief that acts of kindness are are linked to increased feelings of wellbeing, they promise to plant a tree every time a user completes a check-in. In this Q&A we asked co-founder, Chris Sweeney, what the driving force was behind starting Jesey and what his tips are for any student setting out to start their own business. Here’s what he had to say…

Tell us about your business?

Jesey is on a mission to reduce poor mental health in students, by promoting wellbeing and positive thinking. Our chatbot has been built on the principles of CBT, which aims to help you manage your problems through changing your thought patterns.

What was the driving force for you to start your business?

Both Lee and I have experienced first-hand the impact poor mental health can have on both individuals and families. I’m also a trustee at a large London youth charity, where I’ve witnessed the proliferation in mental health incidences locally. 90% of students report struggling with situational stress. We place huge emphasis on our physical wellbeing by going to the gym but often forget to look after our mental wellbeing. Jesey has been created as a tool to help boost confidence, mood and motivation. 

What are your business’ core values?

  • Non Clinical/non-invasive approach to mental health
  • Self-empowerment first
  • The world can be busy…take time for yourself
  • We all have mental health, live one day at a time!

How do you overcome setbacks?

From a business perspective we have learnt to overcome setbacks by accepting that life will always throw curveballs. But where one door closes, another door opens.

From a personal perspective we have adopted a supportive “kindness to self” team culture, whereby if one of us if having a bad day we can support. This works as long as we aren’t all having a bad day! 

What tips do you have for students setting up their own businesses?

  • Have a real passion for what you are doing, as setbacks will be extremely hard to take without it
  • Be prepared to make sacrifices! When your friends are at student nights, you may need to be working
  • Get together with likeminded people who push you to be at your best. Early on I feel it’s very important that you surround yourself with people who challenge your thinking and inspire you to be better

Are there any other brands outside your sector that you are following at the moment?

I have been personally inspired by David Goggins and Gary Vaynerchuk. From a business perspective fast growth tech start-ups that use an agile ‘Build, Measure, Learn’ methodology have really inspired our growth.

What has your biggest achievement been so far?

Being on a journey to create an impact, with a team that builds products to improve people lives, is something I am extremely proud of.

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