British start-up Calm becomes the first ‘mindfulness’ company to be worth $1bn

(6 February 2019) A mindfulness app founded by two British entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley has become the first mental health unicorn in the world.

Calm, an app that provides a library of bedtime stories for adults, some read by Stephen Fry, calming music, meditation tutorials and video and audio to help reduce anxiety, has raised $88million (£67m) in funding, valuing it at $1bn (£770m).

Calm’s Sleep Stories – bedtime stories for adults – have surpassed more than 100 million listens, with original stories read by celebrities including Matthew McConaughey and Leona Lewis.

The Telegraph has the story in full by Marji Murphy.