Tootoot co-founders Michael Brennan, 27, and Kieran Innes, 26, have been named on the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 Europe list. Announced at a ceremony in London on Monday 22nd January, the co-founders were honoured for the work they have done taking the fight against bullying digital.
Together they built an app that allows pupils to anonymously report concerns such as bullying and harassment, whilst also providing a simple way for staff to manage and respond to the concerns.
The idea for tootoot came from the relentless bullying tootoot CEO Michael Brennan experienced growing up. He found that support systems such as anti-bullying helplines eased his problems, but because they couldn’t feed back to his school his problems were never fully solved. He quickly realised that there was no digital solution that closed the feedback loop and allowed children to confidentially and discretely report their concerns, yet every child had access to a mobile device. It was during this time he joined forces with tootoot co-founder and CTO Kieran Innes who led on the development of the app.
Tootoot education has experienced staggering success since its inception in 2013, it now provides over 600 schools and 270,000 pupils with a way to speak about their concerns. In 2016, tootoot received funding from the Department for Education to launch their Make a Noise programme, allowing thousands more pupils to benefit from having access to the anti-bullying and safeguarding app.
Founder and CEO Michael Brennan said “My sole purpose when I began this journey was to help just one child speak up about their concerns. If we could do that with tootoot I would be happy. So far in our journey we’ve provided over 270,000 children and young people with access to a confidential and discrete way for them to talk about any concerns they may have, and that number is growing every day.”
Co-Founder and CTO Kieran Innes added “Digital tech is the language of the modern era. What we’ve done with tootoot is used that technology to give a voice to those who need it most; whether that’s pupils in school, sports players on the pitch or employees within a multinational company.”
Following the success of tootoot education, tootoot launched tootoot sport in 2017 and have worked with clubs such as Wigan Warriors and Rochdale AFC to safeguard their members. The company are busy planning the launch of tootoot workplace, currently in its pilot phase, which is a version of tootoot adapted to tackle harassment in the workplace.
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