MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Learn to Live — a Minnesota online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy company — has raised over $1 million led by Minnesota's largest health plan, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross). Blue Cross contributed a significant share to the raise, with additional funds coming from TreeHouse Health, Matchstick Ventures and several angel investors, including Daren Cotter, CEO of InboxDollars.
The financing will be used to fund an expansion of Learn to Live's technology platform, extend their market reach, and further their mission of reaching people suffering from social anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions with their revolutionary, low-cost and highly effective self-help programs.
Learn to Live and Blue Cross participate in TreeHouse Health, an innovation center designed to invest in emerging companies and facilitate innovation between large and emerging players in the industry.
Learn to Live was launched in 2013 by CEO Dale Cook and Co-Founder and Chief Psychology Officer Dr. Russ Morfitt. After proving their model directly with consumers, the company began selling directly to employers, universities and healthcare providers in 2015. The company's unique delivery, combined with leading edge engagement and accountability tools, has produced engagement rates six times the industry average for their clients, compared to the industry average of 1% - 5% engagement.
"Blue Cross believes the work of the Learn to Live team closely aligns with our own mission of making a healthy difference in people's lives," said John Uribe, vice president of business development at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. "The self-directed nature of Learn to Live's technology platform offers a new approach for helping people address depression, social anxiety and like conditions. Blue Cross is committed to investing in emerging business models that expand choice while advancing shared health goals."
"Our team is honored to have such highly respected investors behind us," says CEO Dale Cook. "The financing and the experience they bring in healthcare, technology and consumer-focused offerings will enable us to expand our services to members and to continue to improve the technology we use to deliver these services."
About Learn to Live
Learn to Live provides online self-help programs to address psychological problems such as depression, social anxiety, stress, anxiety and worry. Learn to Live is part of an exciting movement within behavioral health, providing lower cost but highly effective methods of web-based healthcare treatment. The programs are modeled on over a decade of clinical research that demonstrates that internet-delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ("iCBT") is as effective as face-to-face therapy. In addition to providing programs directly to consumers, Learn to Live partners with large self-insured employers and health care providers who can benefit from the low-cost delivery model, their behavior tracking capabilities, data analytics, and powerful program outcomes. Find out more online at https://www.learntolive.com or follow Learn to Live on Twitter (@LearntoLiveCBT) and Facebook.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota's first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today as a health company: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. Blue Cross is a not-for-profit, taxable organization. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Go to bluecrossmn.com to learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
SOURCE Learn to Live