Pick Protection

Rebecca Pick from the University of Strathclyde is a double Converge winner! After taking home the KickStart runner up prize in 2014, she came back with a more developed proposition in 2015 to take the third place prize in our Converge Challenge category.

Rebecca founded the business while attending Strathclyde University, following an assault on a woman who lived within the same block of flats. The horrific incident led Rebecca to channel her energy towards a business idea that would promote personal safety for lone and high-risk workers and other potentially vulnerable individuals.

Through its focus on technical innovation, Pick Protection has developed a suite of fast, discreet and reliable safety products used by more than 6,000 UK workers from clients including British Red Cross, SSE, Arnold Clark, and Majestic Wines.

In June 2023, the company launched a crowdfund campaign for its Pick Guardian alarm, the first of its kind to trigger the highest level emergency police response and its first ever B2C product.

Operating through a wearable trigger button linked to the Pick Guardian smartphone app, the device connects the user to Pick’s Alarm Receiving Centre within six seconds, significantly faster than a 999 call, prompting a Category 1 police response to the exact GPS location.