Making the World a Safer Place
Haven is a safety expert-approved app used by students to quickly connect with loved ones and the police in emergency situations.
With Haven, students have a 'Swiss Army Knife' of safety on them at all times, perfect for when they feel uneasy or need help immediately.
Date Launched: August 2020
HQ Location: Toronto, Canada
Press Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Haven was inspired by our goal of utilizing the powers of technology to help students stay safe when faced with sexual assault or physical violence on university and college campuses.
According to the Government of Ontario, 63% of university students have experienced sexual assault or harassment.
11 million Canadians over the age of 15 have experienced physical or sexual assault at least once in their lives (Statistics Canada).
Our internal survey (252 respondents) found that 81% of women felt unsafe outside their homes at night without friends or family.
Existing solutions, such as rape whistles, have not had the effect of curbing sexual assaults to a significant enough extent that people feel secure in relying on these tools.
Haven makes safety easy.
"We believe in a world where anyone can feel safe, no matter the circumstance."
- Nelson Lee (CEO & Founder)
Nelson Lee, CEO
Nelson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Haven who serves as the Engineering Director of the University of Toronto Students' Union, the largest student government in Canada.
Nelson started Haven after learning about a close friend's on-campus sexual assault. As a student leader, he also witnessed the constant dangers young women face every day.
In his spare time, Nelson likes to write and produce music and watch The Office.
Ethan Hugh, CTO
Ethan is the Co-Founder and CTO of Haven who is a Computer Engineering Student at the University of Toronto.
Ethan was invited by Nelson to start Haven after bearing witness to many dangerous incidents women faced in his hometown.
Ethan loves to learn other languages such as Hindi, Mandarin, and Hakka. He is also a strong programmer, leader, and loves to help others.