FanDuel co-founder raises $5M Series A funding for a new startup that makes your relationship healthier
Relish, the relationship training app for happier, healthier romantic relationships, has $5 million in Series A to fuel the company’s growth plans. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners with participation from previous investors, Trinity Ventures and Bullpen Capital. This latest round brings the company’s total funding to $7.2M. In addition to the raise, Rob Stavis, Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, will join Relish’s board of directors.
Founded by serial tech entrepreneur and co-founder of FanDuel, Lesley Eccles, Relish is on a mission to
improve all human relationships. Going beyond self-care, Relish is focused on the idea of “us-care”. It teaches
active mindfulness, relationship skills, and with interactive quizzes, it helps you learn new insights into yourself
and your partner. It even has fresh new ideas for quarantine-compliant date nights.
“We founded Relish based on the belief that authentic human connection is essential to a happy, fulfilled life”
said Lesley Eccles, founder and CEO of Relish. “Relish equips you with the tools you need to build and
maintain a solid foundation of self-awareness and partner-awareness with the goal to improve all relationships
in your life”.
Launched in the U.S. September 2019, Relish combines machine learning and human intervention to create
truly customized lesson plans to improve your particular relationship. Rooted in relationship science, Relish
encourages better communication, deeper connection and more intimacy between partners.
The funding comes at a time of rapid growth for the brand. “We see a clear bifurcation in our newest customers
– the pandemic has either brought them closer and they now have time to reconnect and re-learn about each
other, or they are experiencing markedly more arguments and their sex life is suffering. Either way, Relish
offers them a way forward,” says Eccles.
“We’re thrilled to back Lesley and the Relish team to engage a much larger audience with the Relish
experience,” said Rob Stavis. “Relish’s delightful, mission-driven approach helps more individuals and couples
get the early intervention they need to live their happiest lives together. It is fantastic to be able to democratize
access to self-improvement and coaching tools by supporting Relish.
With the new round of funding, the company plans to hire more engineers, expand its team of licensed
coaches and expand internationally. “We plan to double the size of our engineering team and build out the
suite of products that we offer individuals and couples for an even more meaningful experience,” said Eccles.
Relish is currently available on both iOS and Android to users in both the United States and the United
Kingdom and will be rolling out internationally later this year. It’s free to download with the premium version
costing $39.99 per month or $99.99 per year with a 7 day free trial.