Recently, BHH member Psious, a start-up that uses virtual reality to treat mental health issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, ADHD and eating disorders, received the “Best Startup of the Year Award” during the Startup Day of Esade Alumni.
The Startup Day is a conference organised by Esade Alumni and Banco Sabadell aimed at entrepreneurs, investors, students and, in general, the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem. The organisation of the event highlighted that Psious has had a “very positive evolution” in recent years – with 2,000 users in 60 countries -, has helped to treat more than 20.000 patients, has 50 employees and in 2019 had a turnover of one million euros.
According to Xavier Palomer, CEO of Psious: “2020 has been a year of many changes due to the pandemic. At Psious we were sure that if we helped our clients, the situation could become a major opportunity. Covid-19 has significantly increased the demand for solutions for problems such as post-traumatic stress, obsessive compulsive disorder, etc. Society is demanding solutions, and we have to be able to help deliver them.”
“Since late March, we have launched the mobile version of Psious, enabled remote sessions with patients, focused resources on international expansion – especially in the United States – and launched the first pilot programmes with insurers,” added Palomer.
Psious has also manged to raise 10 million euros in equity, including from Esade BAN. In the current context, the start-up has adapted well to Covid-19 and launched a telemedicine platform to enable remote use of its tool, as well as provide support to healthcare professionals through free sessions.