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This startup is using digital technology to help with traumatic stress recovery.

We are in an era of tremendous advances in the field of digital health. We are also in an era where mental health is recognized as a significant issue in our society.

In recent years investors have poured money into digital mental health startups. Funding for mental health tech startups reached $5.5 billion in 2021, jumping 139% from $2.3 billion in 2020. Two thirds of those investments were early-stage –indicating room for further growth in the larger mental health tech space.

Akesa Health, a new Silicon Valley startup, is focused on one specific need: helping people to recover from traumatic stress. It’s a huge need, as the American Psychiatric Association estimates that one in eleven people will be diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in their lifetime.

Akesa Health’s app-based guided self-therapy acts as a first step or supplement to therapy and helps users transform distressing experiences into resilience. The technology has been developed, tested, and the app will be released later this year.

The world today is filled with stressors — from war to pandemic to a full range of personal tragedies. Helping people to turn traumatic experiences into personal resilience is Akesa Health’s mission, using new technology to augment traditional treatments.

Akesa Health will be presenting at Demo Day for the 4thly Startup Accelerator.



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Bret Waters

Bret Waters

Silicon Valley guy. I teach entrepreneurship at Stanford, run the 4thly Startup Accelerator, and coach startup CEO’s at Miller Center. Also, I love fish tacos.