Konstantin Mehl, a serial entrepreneur with a background in chemistry and finance, started his first business when he was 22. One of his startups, food delivery company Foodora, grew to more than 500 employees in 15 countries. In 2015, the company went public under the Delivery Hero umbrella.
As is often the case with entrepreneurs, Mehl’s impetus for launching Kaia Health was personal. He suffered from chronic lower back pain in his 20s and experienced firsthand the frustration that comes when doctors are unable to diagnose a condition and provide long-term relief. Similarly, he felt treatments were expensive and difficult to access.
Kaia Health, cofounded with Manuel Thurner and launched in 2016, is a digital therapeutics company that creates accessible, evidence-based treatments for a range of disorders, including back pain and COPD. Kaia Health’s AI-powered apps recommend a daily exercise plan that can be performed at home and incorporate physical exercises, relaxation techniques and medical educational content. Headquartered in Munich with an office in New York City, Kaia has 23 employees.