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YourDOST: A Startup for Your Mental and Emotional Well-being

YourDOST, your friend in need!

About the Good deeds of YourDOST

Founded in the year 2014 by Richa Singh in partnership with Puneet Manuja and Prakhar Verma, YourDOST is a Bangalore-based tech startup that supports you for mental well being and emotional support. The startup connects experts to people who look around to discuss any kind of emotional issues while providing them required anonymity.

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Discussing emotional and mental issues openly is considered as a taboo in India. However, seeking help to reduce stress is necessary. Stress can be caused by anything; societal pressure, professional life, family and marital problems, studies and peer groups. YourDOST aims to create awareness and reduce the disgrace associated with mental wellness in the society. The service is available for free through web portal and mobile app. Users can also take up live chat, find answers over email or book an appointment with the expert.

About the funding

Recently, YourDOST raised $1 million in Pre Series A round of funding from the renowned Venture Capital firm Saif Partners. Existing investors such as Venk Krishnan (NuVentures), Subbarao Telidevara (NuVentures), Phanindra Sama (Redbus), Aprameya Radhakrishna (TaxiForSure), Paula Mariwala (Seedfund), Vibhu Garg (Unicommerce), and Gaurav Bhalotia (Flipkart), also participated in the round. The new funds will be utilized in expanding its operations and reaching out to more and more people. Also, YourDOST plans to strategically rope in senior professionals from the industry to appoint them in key leadership positions.

With this, the startup has secured a total funding of $1.2 Million. Earlier in November 2015, it had raised around $400K.

Takeaways:

  • YourDOST connects experts to people who look around to discuss any kind of emotional issues while providing them required anonymity.
  • Recently, YourDOST raised $1 million in Pre Series A round of funding from the renowned Venture Capital firm Saif Partners.
  • The new funds will be utilized in expanding its operations and reaching out to more and more people.
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