Wysa’s most recent funding round, led by W Health Ventures, comes as the digital mental health landscape booms due to pandemic-induced isolation, anxiety, and burnout
BOSTON, MA, May 20, 2021 | Wysa, the leading global AI-powered mental health platform, today, during Mental Health Awareness Month, announced a $5.5M Series A financing round led by W Health Ventures, a Boston-based digital health investor. Others participating in the round include the Google Assistant Investment program, and existing investors pi Ventures and Kae Capital. Wysa will use this capital to support its offering to employers who want to expand their mental health benefits, as well as scale up Wysa’s sales team and therapist network.
“We are impressed with Wysa’s uncompromising clinical safety and unparalleled patient-centricity. It maintains a near-perfect rating from approximately 100,000 reviews resulting from over 100 million conversations,” said Dr. Pankaj Jethwani, Executive Vice President at W Health Ventures. “As we enter the second year of the pandemic, so many people are struggling and seeking mental health support. Wysa is an example of how technology is helping millions of people access everyday mental health support and self-care tools without being gated by a clinical diagnosis. We are thrilled to deepen our relationship to support Wysa’s next phase of growth.”
Wysa’s internal data shows that 60% of the working population falls into the “missing middle” of mental health. People struggle with negative thoughts, anxiety, isolation or sleep issues, but they want to work on improving their situation themselves rather than seeking clinical support. Wysa lets them do just that. It offers a clinically approved, responsive, AI-guided safe space that listens like a person, and scales like a product.
Wysa is anonymous, secure, available 24/7 and, most importantly, effective. People open up to Wysa in just a few messages, and complete cognitive restructuring (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness and coaching exercises in just five to ten minutes. Over 90% of users say Wysa helps them feel better after just one session, and over 75% of users have more than five sessions.
Many large employers have some combination of mindfulness support and Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). However, it is hard to tell if this is helping employees, and even harder to tailor this to any specific concerns they may have, especially during the pandemic. Wysa customizes its support to employee needs, fits around existing resources, and gives employees complete anonymity as they work through their issues. In addition, for those who want to work through specific issues, Wysa offers daily support from a dedicated wellbeing coach. For organizations, Wysa maintains employee anonymity yet gives real-time population-level insights and benchmarks related to their employees’ mental wellbeing. It also broadens the base of people who access EAP, by engaging them early and guiding them to EAP resources when self-care is not enough.
For large organizations, such as Accenture and Aetna International, Wysa’s solution is unique in its ability to integrate with their existing resources. This year, as Accenture rolled out Wysa to 500,000 employees across 53 countries, wellbeing managers were able to access insights for each country and create custom pathways to in-country EAP and wellness resources.
The Wysa platform is now being used by 20 enterprise partners around the world. “When organisations roll out Wysa, what surprises them is the insight they get about usage, while still maintaining employee privacy. For example, most people start with group meditations or sleep routines, and about 30-40% need help with negative thoughts and emotions,” said Wysa co-founder and CEO Jo Aggarwal. “For the first time, employers use data to understand how the mental wellbeing of their employees is constantly changing, and how it compares against benchmarks. Today, every employer is looking for a solution that goes beyond traditional EAP. This investment allows us to bring the next generation of workforce wellbeing solutions to organizations across the country.”
Wysa’s HIPAA compliant platform has facilitated over 100 million conversations with more than 3 million users, and covers over 10 million lives in 65+ countries worldwide. It was also rated as the best app of 2020 by Google Play.
Employers interested in bringing Wysa to their workforce can request a demo.
Wysa is a global leader in AI-driven mental health support, available both to individuals and through employer benefits programs. Wysa helps in dealing with stress, depression, and anxiety with the help of an “emotionally intelligent” bot, which uses evidence-based cognitive-behavioral techniques (CBT), meditation, breathing and mindfulness exercises, as well as micro-actions to help users build mental resilience skills. For employers, Wysa offers a workplace solution that caters to the full spectrum of mental health needs. This solution embeds into existing company benefits, such as Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) or external health care provider networks, and can be customized by geography or cohort. Currently, Wysa has facilitated over 100 million conversations in 65 countries across the globe. Wysa works with 20 enterprise partners and 7 million employees worldwide, with partners that include Accenture Global, Aetna International, NHS, L’Oreal, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and the Ministry of Health in Singapore.
About W health
W Health Ventures is a Boston-based venture capital firm focused on helping entrepreneurs build the future of healthcare delivery. Founded by serial technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist Sunil Wadhwani, W Health invests in early-stage companies that address critical unmet healthcare needs leveraging technology and AI. The W Health team and advisory network comprises seasoned investors, physician leaders, technology experts, and healthcare operators in the US and India.
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