My Child App has completed a funding round – led by 500 Startups, Singapore Angel Network and several angel investors – and was able to raise $100,000. The company is planning to use the funds to develop and improve its product and technology.
The app was founded by three 19-year-old college dropouts – Aafreen Ansari, Harsh Songra and Shreya Shrivastava. They designed this app to help parents screen mental disorders in their children. By simply inputting some data, such as the weight and height of the child, then answering a few ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions, the app will then display the results which will inform the parents of areas of concern in their child that they should focus on. Then, the app will display suggestions of actions needed to be taken by the parents. In this way, they will be able to find out if their child has any learning or developmental disorder, as well as what to do about it and how to do it. Harsh said that they will use the money to build the complete product, and make it a parent’s go-to guide for screening mental disorders, especially in regions with limited number of mental health professionals. They are also working on making the app able to detect autism, as well as be an efficient and useful parenting guide. Accordingly, the app will have the capability of improving the lives of children and parents worldwide.
The app was among the winners at YourStory’s MobileSparks 2015. Harsh was the one who came up with the idea of developing this app, out of his personal experience. He was diagnosed with Dyspraxia in his childhood, and realizes the importance of early detection and treatment of developmental and learning disorders.
Investors said that the app is taking advantage of smartphone power to solve real health problems, thus improving the quality of human life. With the ability of screening disorders, such as neurological and delayed motor coordination disorders, the app is very transformative and an informative tool.
Harsh also said that they are planning to develop a community to assist parents communicate with doctors or other parents via the app. He added that he hopes the app will be able to reach at least 50 million parents in the next 10 years.