Today we’re profiling Animo as part of our video series, Stay In-novating.

What is Stay Innovating?

Stay In-novating profiles innovative small businesses in Canada that are finding creative ways to deal with the various challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping business running, providing support to employees, adapting to a completely different customer’s experiences, these are only some of the topics that require addressing. This series was developed to promote and support our small businesses that deserve the spotlight for their excellent services and decisions during these times.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, a large concern is the effect on the mental health of countless people being told to stay socially distanced. That’s where Animo is providing a means to make mental health top of mind for corporations.

About Animo

Animo’s platform is an AI, digital behavioral health solution. It provides users with integrations to platforms like Slack and email to passively track their mental health well-being. The platform is based on the underlying principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and accessible via web or mobile. CBT is a therapeutic approach that assists people in managing daily challenges like anxiety, depression and stress in a results-oriented manner.

The platform was originally designed for use as a tool for companies that deal with a large number of employees, where they are often more remote communications taking place. Animo connects users to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) modules that help them address stress, anxiety and depression.

In addition to their base platform, Animo also developed a mobile app called Close-Knit which serves to notify select friends when the user’s mental health is in a low state. It was inspired by personal acquaintances dealing with mental health challenges like bi-polar disease.

Mental health has grown to become a significant topic in our everyday lives. Animo is providing greater insight to our mental wellbeing in our work.

Thank you to our Official Supporters

We are thrilled to be supported by these organizations that truly care about advocating for the small business community and Canada:

Startup Canada is the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s 3.5 million entrepreneurs, representing more than 250,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots communities. They are the network promoting, inspiring, educating, connecting, and giving a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurs; supporting them to start, operate, and scale businesses that build a better Canada for the world today and for future generations.

Next Canada is Canada’s strongest and most dedicated entrepreneurial network made up of 500+ top Canadian academics, entrepreneurs, investors, and founders. They accelerate their trajectory with access to education, mentorship, and funding.

RSM Canada LLP provides public accounting services and is the Canadian member firm of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 41,000 people in 116 countries. Their purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues, and communities through world-class audit, tax, and consulting services focused on middle-market businesses.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce has connected businesses of all sizes, from all sectors and from all regions of the country to advocate for public policies that will foster a strong, competitive economic environment that benefits businesses, communities, and families across Canada.


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