What You Should Know:
– Little Otter today announced a $22 million Series A raise – one of the largest rounds for a children’s mental health company at this stage – led by CRV.
– The mental health startup provides a full umbrella of services to children and their families in a number of states and will use the investment to scale nationally by 2023.
Little Otter, a San Francisco, CA-based digital mental health company to provide tools and treatment for both children and their families, raises $22 million in Series A funding led by CRV with participation from Torch Capital, Vast Ventures, Hinsdale, Boxgroup, _Able, Carrie Penner Walton, G9, Springbank Collective, along with strategic angels. This new financing brings the company’s total funding to $26.75 million.
Digital mental health care that meets your family where you are
While millions of dollars have been poured into mental health companies recently, few focus on the entire family, and none focus on children ages 0-3, one of the most critical times for a child’s brain development. Founded in May 2020 by mother-daughter team Rebecca Egger and Dr. Helen Egger, Little Otter’s model is based on co-founder Dr. Helen Egger’s 30 years of clinical experience and provides virtual, on-demand and integrated care with parenting specialists, early childhood trained therapists, couples therapists, and pediatric psychiatrists.
“We created Little Otter to bring mental health and wellness to every family,” said Rebecca Egger, CEO and co-founder of Little Otter. “Simply training more providers cannot address the children’s mental health crisis, and that’s why we have built a one-of-a-kind model and team with expertise from child mental health and the best minds in product, engineering, and machine learning to create a platform and build a brand that grows with families over time.”
Recent Traction & Clinical Improvements
Since its launch, Little Otter has seen 45 percent month-over-month growth, reflecting the unprecedented demand among families at this time. Further, 85 percent of families using Little Otter have reached clinical improvements within just six sessions, demonstrating the effectiveness of Little Otter’s care model. With a holistic approach not only limited to just a single child’s mental health but that of the whole family, Little Otter ensures that the entire family’s mental health and wellbeing is cared for through proprietary assessments and quarterly mental health check-ups for each child and caregiver.
National Expansion Plans
This latest investment will fuel growth and scale for Little Otter, currently available in California, Colorado, North Carolina and Florida, slated to be completely national by 2023. The company will be investing heavily in its state-of-the-art tech and data platform with plans to become an in-network benefit. Little Otter’s expanding leadership team, including Max Helzberg, Chief Operating Officer, Sandhya Padmanabhan, Chief Marketing Officer, and Jim Inoue, Chief Technology Officer, will be charged with taking Little Otter to the next stage of growth.
Little Otter’s providers are similarly best-in-class (only 3% of applicants are hired), all are trained and overseen by Dr. Helen Egger, and each provider is given equity in the company. Also distinctive to the company is an all-female board of directors, now including Kristin Baker Spohn of CRV, alongside Katie Reiner of Torch Capital.