Bellabeat, the service that wants to help moms-to-be to track their pregnancies, has closed on a $4.5 million round of seed funding.
Bellabeat’s connected system combines a small $129 device that works in pair with an iPhone or Android app to allow expectant moms to hear, record and share their baby’s heartbeat.A number of investors participated in the round, including SVAngel, CrunchFund, Nicolas Berggruen, Paul Buchheit, Justin Kan, Michael Seibel, Universal Music Group, Cherubic Ventures, Promus Ventures, Yi Pin NG, Boon Hwee Koh, Adrian Aoun and others. Bellabeat was part of the winter 2014 class of Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator, where it was voted the “most likely to succeed” by others in its cohort.
Bellabeat makes what it calls a “connected system” that combines a small $129 device which works in pair with an iPhone or Android app to allow expectant moms to hear, record and share their baby’s heartbeat anytime. In addition, the mobile app also helps women track other aspects of their pregnancies, such as weight gain and how often the baby kicks.
The new money will be used to build the next generation of the Bellabeat product, and launch real-time patient monitoring for obstetricians. The company currently has 15 staff, nine of whom are engineers.