When Manatee creator Damayanti Dipayana’s sibling was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, the household took all the steps to ensure that he was properly looked after. All of the things that might have been a challenge to getting treatment weren’t for Dipayana’s family. A comfortably middle class background, a supportive family and ready access to care were all available, however still the therapy didn’t take. For Dipayana, it was witnessing the breakdown in between the care provided at sessions and the differences in treatment in your home that led her to create Manatee.
“Therapy just draws for kids,” Dipayana said. “My brother hated it. It can’t be the very best thing for children to put them in a room with an adult and have them talk about their problems for an hour.”
Now the graduate from Techstars Los Angeles has $ 1.5 million in funding from investors including the Michigan-based financial investment company Grand Ventures; Telosity, a fund launched by Vinaj Ventures & Development that buys companies improving children’s and young people’ mental health; and the American Family Insurance Coverage Institute for Corporate and Social Effect. Manatee will pursue medical validation for its suite of services and apps to provide a continuum of care for children with behavioral and cognitive conditions. Beginning with Kid’s Health center Los Angeles, Manatee has begun a trial with
10 clinicians and 50 families to assess the business usage case for Dipayana’s service. The very first targets for care are stress and anxiety and oppositional condition, Dapayana stated. Image credit: Manatee”I truly wish to concentrate on kids. From a social [return on investment] point of view it appears outrageous to me that we don’t invest more in the early wellness of children,” stated Dipayana.”If we did, then we probably wouldn’t need to deal with a ballooning juvenile detention system. “From the business’s earliest days the stars seemed to line up for Dipayana. She discovered her technical co-founder, Shawn Kuenzler, thanks to a post on AngelList&. A veteran in the health&tech startup world, Kuenzler ran engineering at Health Language and Zen Coordinator and has 2 exits under his belt. If that wasn’t serendipitous enough, Kuenzler’s partner is a scientific psychologist. The two Denver-based entrepreneurs then took their startup on the roadway to the Techstars Los Angeles accelerator. It was there that they were introduced to contacts at business including Headspace and LA Children’s Healthcare facility that are leading the way for clinical recognition of digitally provided cognitive behavioral healthcare.” We’re going to spend cash and resources on launching our research with Kid’s LA to understand the impact for a health system,”Dipayana stated.”We position it as everyday therapy for kids
. We supply the platform for service providers to make it the everyday therapy for kids.”Manatee offers its services straight to health care systems to make sure that it can reach the broadest population of users instead of just ones who might afford to access the business’s app-based offerings. Medical professionals utilize Manatee as a clinical dashboard and way
to communicate to both a child and their family around care strategies and treatment.” I thought about this really long and tough … Looking from my personal experience. Moms and dads and families that have kids with autism … t here’s a lot snake oil that gets lowered their throat that they’ll attempt anything,”Dipayana stated. “It was really important to me that I understand the medical workflow and
understood how the workforce handles behavioral health care and whether the work we were doing was important.”Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.