3. December 2012–
Find-a-doctor platform DocPlanner is taking on $1m in funding, in a just-announced round led by Point Nine Capital and joined by Piton Capital, health tech fund RTA Ventures and unnamed business angels.
DocPlanner – a “ZocDoc for Eastern Europe” – isn’t a website. It’s a group of them, so far spanning Znanylekarz in Poland, Znamylekar in the Czech Republic and Slovenia, DocPlanner in Germany and DrScore in Russia.
The premise is as simple as it gets: plug in your postcode and get a list of doctors, which can then be filtered down. Reviews are listed, each doctor has a profile with contact details included. Users, once logged in, can even make online appointments (not all doctors have this function enabled).
The funding will go towards expanding the service to five additional countries, and to continue rolling out the online appointment calendar as the flagship service.
“I believe that DocPlanner’s approach to making online appointments with doctors will become a global standard,” DocPlanner group co-founder Mariusz Gralewski said in a press release. “Our goal is to become the leader in the field of online physician appointment systems on every market we operate on.”
Before starting DocPlanner in Poland in 2010, Gralewski founded professional network Goldenline.pl, which sold a 36 per cent stake to Agora for €2.8m late last year. So far, the DocPlanner group is bringing in over 2.5 million patients a month, with most of those – 1.7 million – in Poland.
Point Nine Capital, the lead investor in DocPlanner’s latest round, is a spin-off investment fund from Berlin-based company builder Team Europe (a shareholder in VentureVillage’s parent company, Vertical Media). Previous investments include Brainly, Zendesk, DeliveryHero and DaWanda (the latter also in partnership with London’s Piton Capital).
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