Google's assistant investment programme invests in mental health startup Wysa

Google, via its assistant investment programme, has invested an undisclosed amount in Wysa, the AI-based Indian mental health startup, marking the fund's first investment in Asia. "We’ve been refining what works for us to manage our own mental health over hundreds of iterations, with dozens of clinicians, and over three million Wysa users — all organic," said Jo Aggarwal, CEO and Founder of Wysa.

Wysa is an AI-based ‘emotionally intelligent' bot — a virtual coach that combines empathetic listening with evidence-based therapeutic techniques like CBT, meditation, and motivational interviewing to make mental health accessible at scale.

The startup counts nearly 3 mn users across 65 countries on its app, with nearly 85 percent of its users from outside India. It expects to reach 50 mn users in the next three years, Jo said. The startup has tied up with several insurance companies, UK's National Health Services (NHS), and private hospitals to extend its services and enable more people to focus on their mental health.