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Glasgow Chamber of Commerce celebrates Young Gamechangers

Glasgow Talks, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce’s series of business seminars featuring speakers drawn from the business and political elite, focused on the Year of Young People in its October session earlier this week.

Wednesday’s event, Young Gamechangers, was made up of talks from Michael Corrigan, CEO of Trtl, and MindMate co-founders Patrick Renner and Suzanne Mitschke.

Trtl was established in 2010 when co-founders Michael Corrigan and David Kellock attended an inspirational talk by Scottish Entrepreneur, Sir Tom Farmer whilst at University. He spoke with a passion for life and the adventures he’d had. They knew then that they wanted to create something special and that something, was born in Trtl.

Their first product, the scientifically designed "Trtl Pillow", is the next generation of travel pillow which is currently sold in over 70 countries, selling circa 600,000 units per year and is granted the best-selling travel pillow on Amazon.  In 2017, Trtl won “E-Commerce Exporter of the Year” and in 2018, won the “Small Exporter of the Year” award at the Scottish Export Awards.

On 3rd October 2018 Trtl launched the first height adjustable, premium, ergonomic and breathable travel pillow, the "Trtl Pillow Plus" on Kickstarter, which achieved full funding target in less than 6 hours and is currently 414% funded!

His goal is to become the best brand in the world at creating travel sleep solutions. “Sleep well when you travel, be awake when it counts”.

Michael shared the following advice to delegates of the event:

  • Remember the power of social media
  • Doing things differently can help you gain and maintain a competitive edge

The MindMate App’s genesis begins with three young adults caring for those with cognitive decline. Patrick and Susanne were volunteering in care centres while Roger was helping his grandfather, who was living with Alzheimer’s. Watching people they cared for succumb to memory loss left them with the belief that there must be something we can do to help the ones we love. Why weren’t there any tools to help care for those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

United in their dedication to creating more resources, the three decided to develop a mobile app for other caregivers like themselves. With the help of Dr Terry Quinn from the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, the team began to translate contemporary research in Dementia care into an actionable, digital platform. Based on this research, the MindMate App was born.

Combining brain games, healthy nutrition, regular exercise and social interaction, the MindMate App can guide its users towards a multifaceted, holistic lifestyle change that may help curtail some of the effects of cognitive decline. While science is continuing to provide more insight into diseases like Dementia, check out how the current research helped shaped MindMate.

Patrick and Susanne shared the following insight with delegates of the event:

  • Take advice from people outside your industry with a pinch of salt
  • Be intellectually honest: fail fast and iterate quickly
  • Resilience is key
  • Be flexible
  • Age is no barrier to success. It’s a limitation put on your mind.

Glasgow Talks – supported by Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow and Clydesdale Bank – is Glasgow Chamber of Commerce’s monthly series of business seminars featuring influential guest speakers drawn from the business and political elite.

To register for Glasgow Talks seminars, or for more information on the full Glasgow Talks schedule please visit:

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