Egypt’s Shezlong gets fresh funds to expand its mental health platform
Cairo-based mental health platform Shezlong has raised fresh funds, it announced in a statement today without disclosing the size of the investment. The investment came from Asia Africa Investment Consulting (AAIC), a Singapore-based investor focused on investing in healthcare startups in Africa.
The round was also joined by Mohamed El Khamissy (investor in different health and wellness startups across the Middle East, Europe, and the United States) and Cairo-based angel fund HIMangel.
Shezlong had previously raised $350,000 in a bridge round in 2018. It had also won a $100,000-grant from Expo 2020’s Innovation Impact Grant Program.
Founded in 2014 by Ahmed Abu Elhaz and Mohammad ElShami, Shezlong enables users to find and speak to licensed psychiatry therapists through its web-based platform. The users can book up to hour-long video or voice sessions with over 500 therapists that Shezlong currently hosts on its platform. The users can choose not to share their identity with the therapists and their details are kept private.