Virtual mental health and mindfulness app Open secured $9M in a Series A round led by Founders Fund and A.Capital Ventures.
A number of big-name Silicon Valley entrepreneurs participated in the round, including Twitter/Square’s Jack Dorsey and DoorDash co-founder Tony Xu.
Head in the Game
Launched in 2020, Open’s app features streaming classes with established personalities and instructors in the yoga and meditation space.
Providing three primary classes—Move, Meditate, and Breathe—Open’s modern approach to breathwork and mindfulness has won over users and investors. The new round brings Open’s total funding to $14.5M.
However, they’re not the only startup trying to establish a mind-body connection with users.
Battle for Your Soul
Finding widespread adoption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was a big year for the $121B mental wellness sector.
- Funding for mental health startups topped $1.6B in 2020.
- Downloads of mindfulness apps increased ~40% from January through September.
- Calm ($95M) and Headspace ($140.7M) led the way, while Breathwrk, Coa, Rewire, MindLabs, Chorus, and others raised funding for varied approaches.
The success stems from a convergence of trends, both negative and positive.
While mindfulness app downloads have come back to Earth since the pandemic started, app spending is up 22% YoY ($154M through September), signaling that mindfulness of the digital variety has stuck.
Making moves, mental health unicorn Calm bolstered its business by launching nighttime meditation series Sleep Stories with endorsements from Harry Styles and LeBron James. Further, the company partnered with Lyra Health and Kaiser Permanente to enter healthcare.
Similarly, Headspace’s October 2021 merger with teletherapy platform Ginger has valued the new company, called Headspace Health, at $3B.
Takeaway: With a hot market and outsized competition, Open offers a modern take on the quest for inner peace.
With the ability to invite friends to classes, a live chat function, and planned music label partnerships to bring tailored playlists to each class, Open is attempting to fill a void with community-based mindfulness.