Healthcare start-up Zesty raises $2m in new funding

Service allows users to browse and book healthcare professionals at short notice

A start-up that allows people to find and book healthcare appointments in London at short notice has raised more than $2m in additional seed funding.

Launched as a beta service in May 2013, Zesty’s online platform allows users to find, browse and book appointments with healthcare professionals in their area of London, with the service also sending out email confirmations and reminders via text.

Since launch the service has seen a rapid rise in uptake, with more than 2,000 healthcare providers signed up to the site and thousands of registered users.

The service currently covers six healthcare markets: dentistry (private and NHS); osteopathy; chiropractic; physiotherapy; podiatry; and private GPs, with plans to extend this to 25 markets by the end of the year.

The current $2m funding comes from new investors, venture capital firms TA Ventures and the ARBT Fund, and follows a previous pre-launch round in January 2013 led by Mangrove Capital, the terms of which were not disclosed.

Zesty’s latest funding will be used to support the development of its platform, with an eventual plan to roll-out the service to the rest of the UK.

Lloyd Price, co-founder of Zesty, said: “This latest round of funding enables us to diversify away from dentistry into more lucrative markets.

“Access to healthcare is a multi-billion pound white space of opportunity in the UK and we remain focused on our vision to make booking your next healthcare appointment as easy as booking a flight, hotel or restaurant online.”

 

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