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Startup company AnswersNow has raised $850,000 in seed capital round

Startup company AnswersNow has raised $850,000 in seed capital round


The Richmond-based startup company AnswersNow has completed a fund-raising round that netted $850,000, the company’s co-founder Jeff Beck said.

AnswersNow provides an online, digital platform that matches parents of children with autism to licensed clinicians who can offer counseling.

The startup was founded by Beck, a licensed clinical social worker, and Adam Dreyfus, director of the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism at St. Joseph’s Villa.

Beck said the recent investment round was led by Richmond-based venture capital fund Trolley Ventures and California-based venture capital firm Kapor Capital, the investment arm of the Kapor Center for Social Impact.

The startup previously had raised $300,000 in angel investments early in 2018.

AnswersNow has signed nearly 1,000 clients over the last 10 months, along with about 50 clinicians, Beck said.

With the funding, “we are focusing on building the clinical infrastructure and expanding our reach nationally,” he said. “We are also focusing on making some significant updates to our technology so we can provide a more well-rounded platform to parents.”

“We are also looking to extending our reach to adults on the [autism] spectrum as well,” he said.

The startup recently hired Jess Baldwin as its director of clinical services.

AnswersNow is a member of Startup Virginia, a nonprofit business incubator located in the 1717 Innovation Center in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom.

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