- Heali is a new startup that helps users develop nutrition plans to treat health conditions.
- The startup just raised a $3 million seed round from Astanor Ventures.
- Here’s the 14-slide pitch deck Heali used to raise its funding.
One startup believes that eating healthier can help people manage their health and treat chronic conditions in addition to providing nutritional benefits.
Heali, a startup, recently received $3 million in seed funding from Astanor Ventures.
Heali, based in Santa Monica, provides nutrition plans created by registered dietitians using AI that take into account individuals’ food sensitivities and intolerances, as well as health goals and medical conditions.
Currently, the startup provides personalized nutrition plans for over 200 chronic conditions, including diabetes, autoimmune issues, and gastrointestinal issues.
Heali has a B2B offering for nutritional guidance to healthcare partners, including Boston Heart Diagnostics, in addition to its direct-to-consumer offering. The company also sells software to food companies looking to create healthier products that can treat certain chronic conditions.
Kyle Dardashti, the founder and CEO of Heali, came up with the concept after using food as medicine to treat Crohn’s disease, a rare chronic condition that causes inflammation in the digestive tract. Heali’s funding round was able to move quickly because Astanor is a leading venture firm in food tech, he said, with investors who support his vision of using “food as medicine.”
Chronic health condition treatment is a thriving segment in the digital health and wellness industry, with Allied Market Research projecting a market value of $14.9 billion by 2031.
Companies such as Salvo Health, MetaME Health, Mozart, and Sitari, for example, all focus on chronic gut and digestion issues and have raised millions of dollars in venture capital funding in recent years.
Dardashti explained that Heali has so far focused on developing a platform that clinicians and health systems respect and trust, as well as building a “medical grade” nutrition platform.
“The next 12 to 18 months, we’re focused on bringing our platform to a wider market through partnerships as well as building out our team more,” he went on to say.