Evolve Raises INR 3 Cr in Pre-Seed Funding
Evolve Founders – Rohan Arora(L) & Anshul Kamath(R)
With over 2,50,000 users, Evolve is the world’s first holistic mental health app that focuses on the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Evolve, a mental health start-up, today announced that they have successfully raised a pre-seed round of INR 3 crore. The round was led by Rajesh Ranavat, Exec Director, Fung Strategic Holding and saw participation from prominent angel investors including Ankit Mehrotra and Nikhil Bakshi (Founders, Dineout) as well as senior global executives from Meta and McKinsey.

Co-founded by Anshul Kamath and Rohan Arora in 2020, Evolve has over 2,50,000 users globally and was awarded the Best App for Personal Growth in 2021 by Google Play. The app and its proprietary interface provide users with a virtual safe space along with personalised, evidence-based interventions to improve their mental health.

Evolve App
Evolve is the only mental health app at a global level that is LGBTQ+ first. Even as India celebrates the 4th anniversary of Section 377 being struck down and multiple other countries including Singapore having recently decriminalised homosexuality - the LGBTQ+ community is one of the most underserved segments when it comes to their mental health needs. Over the last year, the team has spent a considerable amount of time working with queer affirmative therapists, members of the community as well as professors carrying out research in this space to truly understand the needs of the community.

Commenting at the time, founder Anshul Kamath said, “Members of the LGBTQIA+ community are 3 to 4 times as likely to experience serious mental illness. We are proud to be one of the first companies globally solving for the needs of the community and our user growth and love are testaments to the quality of our offerings so far. Our plans are to use the funds we have now secured to expand the core team at Evolve and invest in building a world-class product that continues to provide individual and collective safe spaces for users around the world.”

Lead investor Rajesh Ranavat, added, “In a short period of time, Evolve has built a very compelling mental health app which operates totally on an interactive AI platform enabling it to scale up at a global level. The early success in terms of adoption by more than 200,000 users globally and recognition by Google Play as one of the top personal growth apps puts it in good stead for its next stage of growth.”

Founded in 2020, Evolve is a healthtech startup, that was once nominated by Google as one of the Top 10 user apps across India. The app helps in — sleeping well, dealing with depression, overcoming anxiety, become more productive, de-stress & improve your mental health to achieve happiness by scientifically proven techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness & Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

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