Meet Laura Simmons of Theratrak!
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Hey, I’m Laura Simmons from Sydney. I’m a paediatric occupational therapist and also the founder of Theratrak. I’ve worked as a paediatric OT in the private health sector in Sydney for the past 8 years. I love working with kids of all abilities and seeing them reach their goals, it’s super rewarding. I’ve always been a problem-solver that’s what drew me to OT and probably what drew me to found my startup.
Please tell us a little about Theratrak.
Theratrak is a digital platform and mobile app that supports allied health therapists to work collaboratively, create and track custom therapy programs for children. Theratrak has been co-designed with therapists from the start. We are on a mission to reduce the administration burden on therapists when it comes to medicolegal compliance and documentation responsibilities whilst also endeavouring to support people accessing therapy to be more independent at home and reach their therapy goals sooner.
Theratrak was founded in 2018, I was selected to be part of SheStarts (another GFS partner). Without a program like this, I think Theratrak would still be an idea on a piece of paper and not the incredible platform it’s shaping into.
What drew you to the Fishburners Fempowered program?
I think it’s really important to bring female founders in the startup ecosystem together. I absolutely love being around forward-thinking, creative and purpose-driven like-minded women. I find it really inspiring and I think when women like this are together it’s a force to be reckoned with.
What about the next 6 months excites you, what are you looking forward to?
I’m really excited about the mentors of the program Addy and Eric, I can’t wait to pick their brains and deep dive into the business to work towards growing the company to a sustainable purpose-driven company. I also love that it’s a 6-month program. I think support and mentorship over this extended time period will be invaluable and I’m looking forward to seeing how I grow as a founder and CEO.
What message would you like to send to the aspiring Women founders of Australia?
Talk to as many people as you can about your idea, you never know who is out there to help you. Also, don’t be afraid to start your startup as a side hustle. All-in can be scary and sometimes not financially viable, like in my case. But the worst thing you can do is not try and then regret not trying later. To me, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the product you built, solve the problem you started out with.