Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the healthcare sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising workplace wellness startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Workplace Wellness Startups
For our 5 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 441 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
CircleCare – Fitness Challenges & Competitions
Many companies offer optional wellness activities for employees with the goal of getting away from their workplaces for a little while and do some exercise or other workouts. The idea of participating is not only about physical activity, but increasing employee engagement and productivity.
The US-American startup CircleCare provides companies with a platform and the tools to motivate employees to maintain a healthy lifestyle via positive reinforcement and rewards. Participants challenge each other or compete in teams, which facilitates an improvement in the activity level and acts as a team-building activity.
Resonea – Sleep Health
Employees are negatively affected by fatigue and poor sleep health, which ultimately impacts their performance. Restful sleep, on the other hand, positively impacts the physical and mental performance and productivity. That’s why employers should be highly interested in their workers’ qualitative rest. Through corporate “sleep programs”, employers can greatly improve the well-being of the employees, regardless of whether they suffer from some diseases or simply have poor sleep habits.
Resonea, a US-based company, creates an online sleep-improvement program and an app, designed to provide information, strategies, and tools for better sleep, heightened productivity, and healthier living. Additionally, the company provides a smartphone-based home test to detect obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
The Pip – Stress Management
Wellness means not only taking care of the body but the mind as well. Mobile applications and platforms provide employees with support for challenges such as stress, depression, and anxiety. Users are then periodically rewarded for setting wellness goals and their subsequent accomplishment.
Irish startup The Pip enables people to visualize and manage their stress levels. The startup’s system consists of an application, created to de-stress, re-focus and learn to better manage stress, and a special device with Bluetooth connection to detect if a person is focused and relaxed, or stressed. These data points influence the score and effect progress during the session. The app then responds to the changing stress levels, using both audio and visual feedback.
Promiser – Smoking Cessation
The negative health effects of smoking are well known – still, millions of people are addicted. Companies offer different smoking cessation programs to their employees that may consist of lifestyle coaching, pharmacological assistance, and gamification elements to make the process more engaging.
The UK-based startup Promiser develops a platform to help people suffering from addictions like smoking, drinking, and gambling, among others. The core idea of how the startup motivates its users simple: money. “Promisers” and their “Supporters” agree to an amount of money they are ready to lose if the Promiser doesn’t quit their addiction thereby increasing the likelihood of them to keep their promise.
eKincare – Health Screenings
Corporate health and wellness programs aim to support employees to stay healthy, monitor their health condition, prevent potential diseases or chronic conditions, and reduce healthcare costs overall. This usually includes health screenings, fitness programs, and preventative care.
The Indian company eKincare builds platform with Artificial Intelligence-powered real-time health analytics. The platform provides employers with information about their workers’ wellbeing, potential risks, and actionable insights. Also, the system offers health-tech services such as telemedicine, e-pharmacy and online booking of health checks for medical professionals.
What About The Other 436 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 workplace wellness startups showcased above are promising examples out of 441 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.