October is for Mental Health - MAZE - Decoding Impact

October is for Mental Health

MAZE has been accelerating and investing in solutions contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) since our foundation in 2013. To get a macro overview of our work, and starting this month, we will write about how our partner ventures are positively contributing to a specific UN SDG. In October, we kick-off with SDG 3, namely, “Good Health and Well Being”, the same month where we celebrated the ‘World Mental Health’ day last October 10.

According to the World Health Organization’s website, this day aims “to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support“. As it can be read on the “Mental Health” report, developed by Saloni Dattani, Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser, at least 1 in 10 people in the world have a mental disorder. Such a percentage amounts to 792 million people affected worldwide. However, such figures are often under-reported.

The COVID-19 pandemic intensified the number of people affected by mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression, for which the consequences are still unfolding. It is with great hope we see an increasing number of entrepreneurs coming up with innovative solutions to improve mental health. Specifically, on this topic, read Manuel Antunes’s (Investment Associate at MSM fund) blogpost on Mapping European mental health ventures.

Through our Maze X accelerator, our MSM fund and the work we develop through our government performance team, are proud to support the following ventures contributing to UN SDG 3: Good Health and Well Being.

01. NEVARO, Portugal #MazeX

Nevaro is making mental health tangible through physiological and behavioural biomarkers and gamified experiences. As explained on their website, the company is “Turning mental health tangible by prioritizing science-based innovation”. Nevaro was created in 2020 by Rita Maçorano and Francisca Canais.

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02. HOWDY, Denmark #MazeX

Howdy is a B2B system that monitors employees’ wellbeing and mental health to incentivise a constructive conversation. Additionally, it fosters the development of proactive measures in the corporate environment. As it is possible to read on HOWDY’s website, the solution uses tech for mental health, while not forgetting the importance of human touch. HOWDY was founded in 2014 by Rasmus Hartung and Gunnar Brabrand.

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03. NUI CARE, Germany #MSMfund

Nui Care is one of the MSM fund portfolio companies. Their goal is to give caregivers “more peace of mind” through an intelligent app, offering answers and tailored support to the families taking care of elders. The app aims to reduce the mental burden and challenges caregiving poses. As it is possible to read on their website, one “can easily ask questions or work with Nui to find out what benefits [you] are entitled” about long-term care insurance, and much more. Nui Care was founded by Markus C. Mueller and Christian Ehl.

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04. MysteryMinds, Germany #MazeX

MysteryMinds aims to humanise the digital world, while “supporting organisations in taking charge of fundamental change and improving company culture”. The company has developed smart match-making solutions, where employees can sign up with a specific purpose and get matched automatically to one or more colleagues. MysteryMinds was founded in 2014 by Christoph Drebes and Stefan Melbinger.

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05. Careship, Germany #MSMfund

Careship is matchmaking through a service delivery platform for high-quality senior home care. As it is possible to read on their website, the platform “arranges everyday helpers throughout Germany to support senior citizens and other people in need as well as to relieve relatives”. Careship was founded in 2015 by the siblings Antonia and Nikolaus Albert.


06. Kianava, Germany #MSMfund

Kianava is going to the root cause of chronic health issues so that people can win back their health with an evidence-based integrative medical approach. It is the first virtual medical provider in Europe to offer this holistic and evidence-based approach. The company was created in 2020 by Saman Hashemian, Arnaud Seilles, Kian Pariwar.

Website | Impact Factsheet

07. Cuidar de quem cuida, Portugal #GovernmentPerformance

Cuidar de Quem Cuida (direct translation to “Taking care of those who take care”) is a 7-month training for multidisciplinary teams to create a specialized response to the needs of informal caregivers providing them with the skills they need to support their loved ones.

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Saloni Dattani, Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser (2021) – “Mental Health”. Published online at OurWorldInData.org. Retrieved from: ‘https://ourworldindata.org/mental-health‘ [Online Resource]

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