In February, Riley Draper, one of the founders of WeCounsel, pitched at Will This Float? (Photo: Staff)

Chattanooga startup WeCounsel, which is an online network that will allow patients to connect with therapists via videoconference, has secured funding from local company Ultra Group Healthcare. 

WeCounsel co-founders Josh Goldberg, Harrison Tyner and Riley Draper nurtured the relationship with Ultra Group over the summer, Tyner said in a news release. 

Now, Ultra Group is funding WeCounsel for $600,000, which will be used to fund new hires, marketing costs, office supplies and development support.  

Ultra Group facilitates outpatient care in 40 rural hospitals across eight states. They have contacts in the industry, and WeCounsel leaders said they think the partnership will be mutually beneficial. 

WeCounsel is HIPAA-compliant and uses the cloud to connect mental health providers with patients and colleagues online, which can make seeking treatment more convenient. 

The WeCounsel trio of young entrepreneurs formed their company in 2011. 

Users will be able to search for area therapists, and patients pay the mental health professional.

The team has 63 people preregistered and over the next two months will be conducting more than 200 sessions to get feedback about possible improvements, according to archives

Tyner recently pitched at the Gig Tank's Demo Day and asked the crowd for industry contacts. 

And Teknovation.biz, a technology news publication aimed at entrepreneurs, recently featured WeCounsel.