New venture creates Hoap


Former triathlete Ben Tripodi has created software to track fitness and now wellbeing in response to the pandemic.

If all goes to plan for 28-year-old Ben Tripodi (BHlthSc ’16), by 2030 two million people worldwide will be using the digital physical and mental performance tools his company developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A former triathlete, Ben graduated from Flinders University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Nutrition. With the support and mentoring of Venture Dorm at Flinders University’s New Venture Institute, he was inspired to create and develop the Lumin Sports Arc software platform.

‘We started Lumin Sports with the aim of being able to better visualise athlete data for pro sporting teams’ decision makers,’ says Ben, who launched the company in 2018 with business partners Ryan Brereton and James Begley.

Around 30 organisations now use Lumin software, including Hawthorn Football Club, the Adelaide Crows, the South Australian Sports Institute, Cycling Australia, Adelaide United Football Club, and several World Tour pro cycling teams.

ADAPTING THE BUSINESS

With the arrival of COVID-19 last year, Ben and his Lumin team saw another way for their software to help a different group of people – those looking to manage their wellbeing during the additional pressures of remote working, and leaders needing to support the wellbeing of their team while offsite.

Wellbeing software platform Hoap was created to quantify an individual’s wellbeing through a series of daily research-backed questions, developed by in-house psychologists and informed by many years of sports science research.

‘Hoap is all about creating self-awareness for the individual and providing organisations with the information needed to step in and support their workers,’ says Ben.

‘We can give users the trends of their own wellbeing, and how they’re tracking across emotional, mental, physical and sleep wellbeing, as well as their social interactions and recovery.’

To inspire its users and teach wellbeing fundamentals, Hoap provides an extensive library of video content from well-known high performers.

HONING BUSINESS SKILLS AT NVI

The ability of the young CEO to respond to wellbeing needs during COVID-19 has put the business in good stead – with Lumin and Hoap now doubling its team members.

Ben says he is grateful for the business skills and networks he developed at Flinders, especially at the University’s New Venture Institute.

‘The biggest influence on my career was the skills I developed and the people I met at the New Venture Institute. Those connections gave me a framework to launch my career.’

Ben Tripodi was awarded a 2021 Early Career Alumni Award for his significant contribution and entrepreneurism in developing innovative solutions to support athlete development, and improve employee wellbeing and performance. Read more on the Flinders University Alumni Awards

This article is from the 2021 Encounter magazine: Read more

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