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Bucharest-based Beesers, the Romanian startup connecting staff with patients to deliver medical services at the door, has announced an interest in a new round of investment of €500K for 2021. This news comes after the official launch of the Medtech Romanian start-up back in January and it shows an ambition to scale fast in a growing post-COVID market.
“From the very beginning, we have been lucky to have the Angel-type investor support. However, we also consider organizing a round with one or more venture investment funds. This app is a marketplace, but it needs a lot of funding for scalability. It would be challenging for us to reach Med Tech Investment Funds,” shared Ovidiu Tuduruta, Beesers partner, with The Recursive.
Beesers is working on facilitating access to medical services right from the comfort of people’s homes. Based on a Competition Council report from 2019, 7% of patients get assistance and the pandemic has amplified the requests. “The need is there and it is an intense one,” concluded Ovidiu.
The app is currently available in Bucharest, Targu Mures, and Brasov, but solicitations are rising. Thus, Beesers wants to expand to Iasi, Timisoara, Cluj, Constanta, and Suceava. All collaborators, be it with clinics or independent professionals, are certified practitioners and every transaction will be via the app.
How does the app work?
The mobile app offers the possibility of appointments based on location, needs, and prices. Family members can schedule consultations or long-time assistance for others. For example, a person can place an order for a retired parent from another city or country.
Amongst the platform’s services are COVID-19 testing, general diagnosis, and physiotherapy. Another type of service available is multi-booking. This allows patients to order a package, like 10 IVs, scheduled for a longer time.
What are the benefits of the app?
According to the Beesers team, the main benefit of their solution is remote monitoring, covering many diagnoses, examinations, and therapies. Beesers offers a digital dialogue between users and staff, be it a doctor or a nurse, that you can choose based on other users’ feedback. Transparency is also a plus. You see the price upfront and you can compare it between different professionals, while 20% of the final fee belongs to the startup.
Other stated advantages are a digital workflow, awareness in the area, extra revenue, and flexibility for professionals. The medical staff can work extra hours to offer consultations or personalized treatments. Beesers shared with us that the plan is to partner up with nurses and doctors to generate awareness and reach more people in need.
“During the first two months, we exceeded 7000 app downloads, 5300 of which ended up with an account, so people took the second step after downloading. 80% of those who created an account simulated an order up to the payment point. The number of orders reached 8-10/day with an average voucher of 200 lei (around 40 euros). After starting and developing it I was assured that many other people had the same need,” concludes Ovidiu.