Survey: Wellbeing, Business Effectiveness and Mental Health of Entrepreneurs

Innovation ecosystems lack a mental health safety net. 

Together with researchers from the University of California Berkeley we are hoping to change that and are inviting founders to take part in a research study about the wellbeing, business effectiveness and mental health of entrepreneurs.

If you have ever started and grown a business (bootstrapped, venture-backed and everything in between), this study is meant for you.

The results of this important study will be used to create a free, validated, open-source wellbeing assessment andsupport tool for entrepreneurs. Results will also inform our understanding of the relationship between founder wellbeing and business outcomes

Participate in Founder Mental Health Study

If you agree to take part, we will ask you to take a 45-minute online survey (kick-off scheduled for May) and then a 15-minute survey 6 months later. Your responses will be confidential; we will only review anonymized, group-level data. To thank you for participating, we will give you a $25 gift card after you complete each survey.

If you are an entrepreneur and would like to take part, please fill out the form below. We will be in touch with next steps once the survey kicks off in May 2024. Your information will only be used for the purpose and duration of this research.

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The study is sponsored by Flourish Ventures, a venture capital firm that supports entrepreneur wellbeing, and will be conducted by Michael A. Freeman, M.D., Sheri L. Johnson, Ph.D., and Amelie Mazza, M.S., a global team of entrepreneur mental health researchers. Femtech Insider is proud to support this effort pro-bono as a community partner.

If you have any questions about this study, feel free to email Dr. Freeman (Department of Psychology, University of California Berkeley) at, or Dr. Johnson (Distinguished Professor, University of California Berkeley) at You can contact Kathrin Folkendt at with any other questions or concerns you may have.

Let’s work towards better founder mental health together.