Felix Frauendorf (Co-Founder, MD) and Mark Goering (Co-Founder, MD) Nils Lucas

Aurora Health

Improving Accessibility, Quality and Cost of Mental Healthcare

Digital Health
Founded in 2016
20 employees
Funding: €2.7M
Stage: Seed

Over 300M people experience a major depressive episode each year, and less than 10% receive adequate treatment. Aurora Health specializes in the development of digital products to improve how mental health disorders are detected and treated. The company’s solutions include the mobile depression screening and therapy app Moodpath, and Aurora, the underlying platform to support mental health professionals in diagnostic and therapy administration. Website
Highlight of the year: Reaching over 100K organic downloads per month.

Interview with Aurora Health

What inspired you to found your startup?

While working with patients and clinical psychologist, co-founder Mark Goering observed that even severely depressed patients regularly engage with their smartphones in order to search for helpful information and treatment options, and to document and understand their moods.

How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?

Aurora Health takes evidence-based clinical treatment approaches and transfers them into a unique and engaging mobile experience. The ability to co-use our solutions creates network effects between providers and patients, and makes it possible to deeply integrate into the existing care system.

How do you define success for yourself and your company?

Based on our users’ mood scores and customer reviews

What do you want to achieve next year?

We plan to release an English version of our app’s therapy content, and to launch more features on the Aurora platform for North American mental healthcare professionals.

Why do people want to work at your company?

Because they can participate in actually making the world a little better, and develop themselves at the interface of healthcare and technology: a very promising and exciting sector in the years to come.

What has been the most important milestone so far?

Launching our depression screening solution in more than 45 countries.

Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?

The positive and sometimes very emotional feedback of our customers, and that we managed to position Moodpath as one of the leading mental health apps in Europe and North America.

Where do you see your company in 5 years?

We plan to integrate more deeply into the existing mental healthcare value chain in Europe and North America. Ultimately, we want to be the most frequently used technology and digital content provider in outpatient and clinical therapy settings, and to reach over 10M app customers.

What is your impression of launching a startup from your based city?

Berlin provides a perfect ecosystem to start a company: we have a well-connected and experienced network of founders and investors, and good access to capital. Berlin has a vibrant urban life that attracts talent from all around the world.

What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?

Germany is an attractive environment for founders and has grown beyond primarily commerce-driven companies. It feels like there is more technology affinity among entrepreneurs, now. On the flipside, the legislation and regulation of the digitization still feels too slow and too conservative.

Aurora Health was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.

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