SoundMind Raises $800K in Pre-Seed Funding


SoundMind, a Los Angeles, CA-based provider of an audio-visual mental health app, raised $800K in Pre-Seed funding.

The round was led by Dr. Venus Nicolino with participation from Rough Draft Ventures (powered by General Catalyst), Gaingels, and Chasing Rainbows VC, as well as angel investments from leaders at Airbnb, GoDaddy, MagnaCare, the United States military, and other organizations. Concurrent with this investment, Dr. Nicolino (Dr. V), who holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, joined the company’s board of directors. 

Founded by Brian Femminella and Travis Chen, two USC Trojans, SoundMind is a mental wellness app that allows users to customize their audio-visual music therapy experience.

The company intends to use the funds to launch the Version 2 of its app, which will include an artist platform where prominent music artists can share personal stories and soundscapes with users, expand into the B2B space, enabling businesses to track the mental wellbeing of their team members through interactive data collected from using the mental health app, launch wellness focused NFTs called “SoundMind Wellness Warriors,” and expand its presence in the mental health community in the Metaverse.