INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT

Psychedelics

Discover the world of psychedelics—where the healing process is powered by nature.

Nature’s touch in modern medicine

The psychedelic market is booming. The investor interest is skyrocketing. All this is due to the psychedelic therapy renaissance—researchers are taking a fresh interest in the medical potential of psychedelic substances, while government, healthcare, and business are supporting this initiative. As a result, clinical trials, innovative delivery methods, and mental health applications shape the psychedelics market, leading to more effective and accessible treatments. The sector is developing rapidly, bringing more and more opportunities for startups to capitalize on.

At Waveup, we provide compelling growth and fundraising assistance to startups within and beyond the psychedelic industry. Our experts craft impeccable psychedelic pitch decks and devise robust business plans and go-to-market blueprints. Plus, we support attracting the necessary funds at every stage.

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2x growth
The psychedelic market is set to increase more than two times by 2030.

 

1/3
28% of individuals tried psychedelics.

Driven by unveiling therapeutic potential, legalization, and expanding research interest
71%

71% of patients with major depressive disorder claimed significant improvements in psilocybin-assisted therapy.

7+

In 2022, over 5.5+ million people used LSD.

5x

Public interest in psychedelic therapy surged by 450% from 2018.

VENTURE LANDSCAPE

In 2022, psychedelic startups raised over $520M in funding

 
With the majority of investment going to:

  • Drug discovery & development
  • Technologies
  • Clinics care & deliveries

Leading psychedelics venture capital firms

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WAVEUP VIEW

Key challenges in the psychedelic industry

Despite the transformative potential of psychedelics, industry players must remain aware of potential risks.

Navigating research complexities

Psychedelic substances require thorough research and clinical trials to ensure their safety and efficiency. This process can be time-consuming and expensive. And, of course, it may deter investors. Thus, psychedelic startups must demonstrate a clear plan for navigating these research complexities to secure the necessary funds.

Educating investors

Psychedelics remain a controversial and stigmatized field. As such, not all potential investors clearly comprehend the benefits and business potential of psychedelic therapies. So, it requires startups to clearly communicate the value of these substances in their persuasive and visually rich psychedelic pitch decks.

Building public trust

Not only investors but also the community compromise the importance and advantages of psychedelics. That’s why startups need to work hard on building public trust. To do this, they should demonstrate that their practices are safe, transparent, and ethical. As this also significantly influences the process of fundraising.

How we can help

Startups
Fundraising advisory

From diligent business analysis to storytelling and financial forecasts, we’re helping founders crystallize and structure key business fundamentals and translate them into compelling investment opportunities.

Investors
Due diligence and portfolio support

Evaluating potential investments, conducting thorough due diligence, and supporting portfolio companies on their new fundraising rounds.

Established companies
Growth hacking

Discovering market opportunities and developing execution strategies.

WHO WE ARE

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We turn data into business insights that drive results, helping companies excel in the competitive B2C and B2B spaces across 50+ verticals, discovering and catalizing opportunities for growth.

Our investment consulting services for psychedelics startups

Market intelligence

Fundraising support

Pitch decks

Financial models

Investor research

Growth consulting

Go-to-market strategies

Marketing/sales materials

Design support

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FAQs

How attractive is the industry to potential psychedelic investors?

The psychedelic industry is becoming increasingly attractive for investors because these companies generate a lot of profit, meaning that VCs will get high and recurring returns. Plus, the shift in regulations and the advances in medical research.

If you are a psychedelic startup, how easy is it to raise funding today?

Securing funds for psychedelic startups is both challenging and promising. Yes, the market is growing, and investor interest is rising. Yet, the industry is highly regulated and stigmatized.

How long does it take to create a pitch deck and financial model for a psychedelic startup?

We usually set the time frames individually. Many aspects matter in this case, such as project complexity, our current workload, etc. But just to give a glimpse—we need between two to three weeks on average.

What are the key mistakes psychedelic startups make in their pitch decks?

Failure to present a clear-cut market-entry plan and investor-attractive narration are the most common mistakes amid psychedelic startup pitch decks. Plus, the lack of information about the possible competitors undermines investors’ confidence in newcomers’ knowledge of the marketplace and ability to outrun the rivals.

How competitive is the psychedelic market?

The psychedelic market is becoming increasingly competitive due to a surge in R&D, legal changes, investor interest, and consumer demand. All this makes the number of newcomers increase, intensifying the rivalry for the market share.

What services do you provide for investors looking to invest or already investing in psychedelics?

We help psychedelic VCs evaluate the viability of a particular psychedelic project by conducting comprehensive due diligence. Plus, we ensure compelling fundraising assistance to the portfolio companies of partner funds.

Do you provide psychedelic M&A support?

Certainly! We are well-prepared to support your M&A initiatives within and outside of the psychedelic industry, including initial deal sourcing, business valuation, due diligence support, and post-deal integration.

Do you make intros to psychedelic VCs?

Certainly! If your project aligns with such aspects as round size, team, and product, we can connect you with the most relevant psychedelic VCs. It’s a part of our broader investor relations package, which lines up potential investors, gets founders ready for the initial meetings, and helps forge cooperation post-deal.

Do you have available data or research to purchase on the psychedelic market?

Certainly! Our experts offer tailored insights into the psychedelic field, covering sector overviews, competitor evaluation, and thorough market studies. We tap into trusted databases to ensure you fully understand the nuances of the psychedelic sector, highlighting such aspects as its scale, variety, and rivalry.

Which growth stage of companies have you worked with in the past?

We provide fundraising and growth support to psychedelic startups of all stages, from Pre-Seed to Series C+, with the vast majority of our successful projects concentrating on Seed to Series B stages.

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