Berlin startup M-sense

Stefan Greiner (Co-Founder, CEO) and Markus Dahlem (Co-Founder, Head of Medical Affairs) © Anne Schönharting


The Certified Medical App Against Migraine & Headaches

Founded in 2016
10 employees
Funding €1M / 2 Rounds

M-sense is a health assistant for headache and migraine sufferers which incorporates pattern recognition of trigger factors as well as a therapy chatbot that guides users through a personalised in-app therapy program. The goal is to reduce at least 50% of headache days for its users. Website

Interview with M-sense

What inspired you to found your startup?

The inspiration to found the company came out of a personal experience of our CEO, Stefan Greiner. A good friend of his is suffering from migraine for more than 13 years and told him about the her assumptions onto environmental trigger factors (e.g. weather changes) – seeing the opportunity to empower migraine sufferers with a personal tool to test these assumptions on triggers and provide a personalized therapy, he asked his co-founders to join.

How do you define success for yourself and your company?

Success means to help people reduce their migraines and headaches. We focus on the best outcome of our therapy programs – personalised and backed by a data-driven approach.

Is there anything you’d do differently if you could do it again?

Of course, especially in the beginning there is a steep learning curve in many aspects. To highlight one thing: Get private funding earlier to hire the best talents as early as possible.

What problem does your product solve?

There is no personalised headache and migraine therapy available. We solve that by a Data-driven analysis and diagnosis of influencing factors for headaches and migraines. M-sense Therapy approach is based on this analysis and diagnosis which translates current medical guidelines into mobile therapy methods via a chatbot.

Where do you see your company in 1/5/10 years?

On the long term we will offer a digital therapeutics assistant, that is the leading plattform for treating chronic diseases.

How are you different?

We are strongly connected with key opinion leaders (worldwide) in our field. The algorithms we apply in our software are based on more than 20 years of migraine research.

How often does your product/service show up in a user’s day or week?

1 – 2 times per day.

Impact: how are you doing good and building a better future?

We empower people with tools to treat their chronic diseases. Everyone should have access to leading research and medical guidance in case of suffering from a chronic disease.

How has the startup scene in Berlin changed?

Change is key – not only for startups and its scene.

What are the pros and cons of launching your startup from Berlin?

Pro: huge ecosystem
Con: too many events every evening on where to go

M-sense was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Berlin“, October 2017.

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