- Name of Startup: Sona
- Year Founded: 2019
- Website: Sona.care
- Type of company: Mental Health
- HQ Location: Los Angeles
Neal Sarin – Founder & CEO –
Music as medicine.
Problem the startup solves:
265m+ adults around the globe have anxiety.
70m adults in the united states have a sleep disorder.
83% of workers in the united states report job-related stress.
Progress and Current Status:
Launched the app in 2021.
CES Innovation Award honoree in 2022
Ranked #3 Product of the Day on Product Hunt
Clinical trial plans approved by the FDA
Recruited world-class neuroscientists to execute the clinical study
Featured by the BBC, RollingStone, cNET, CheddarTV, Daily Mail, and more
Completed two research studies with UC Berkeley and Nielsen showing our music’s ability to relieve anxiety
Graduated from two reputable startup accelerators (Newchip + Founder Friendly Labs)
What is an Inspiring Story about the Startup?:
The founder started learning focused-based meditation back in 2010. It helped reduce his stress, but it took time, practice, and money to see results. He became inspired to create music that could generate benefits similar to meditation. Over the course of four years, he developed a music composition formula designed to increase alpha brain wave activity to promote relaxation. He founded the company in 2019, which started as an independent record label.
What is a Company the Startup Looks Up to, and Why?:
We admire Nike as a brand. Nike has a commitment to excellence, a culture, and an ability to deliver innovate products at scale. We admire the brand’s creative direction and it’s reputation for setting tasteful cultural trends. And of course, how it’s managed to stay culturally relevant for nearly 60 years.
The Company in Four Years Will Be…
In four years, we plan to launch new music-based digital therapy solutions and conduct more music therapy research to better understand how sona’s music affects the brain. We aim to expand our team, build our brand, significantly grow our user base, and reach more listeners in exciting upcoming markets & territories.