Doctolib raises 4 million euros: “we want to become the Google of health”

by bold-lichterman

New vitamin bite for Doctolib which has just raised an additional 4 million euros from its historical investors – Bertrand jelensperger, CEO of Lafourchette, Antoine Freysz, co-founder and CEO of Otium Capital, Olivier Occelli, CEO of Naturabuy, Maxime Forgeot, investment manager at Schroders -, from Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet, co-founder of ISAI gestion and PriceMinister-Rakuten, and Pierre Krings, co-founder of Kernel Investissements.

The start-up specializes in making appointments with French practitioners (dentist, general practitioner, pediatrician, ophthalmologist, gynecologist, dermatologist, physiotherapist, etc.), a flagship service alongside which it offers automatic reminder of appointments by SMS, the modification in a few clicks, the follow-up of the history, management of the cabinets, agendas… With this system, the company affirms reduce the number of calls to the secretariat by 30% on average in a few weeks and reduce the number of unfulfilled appointments by 75%, estimated at 20 on average each month per practice.

The site was co-founded in 2013 by Stanislas Niox-Chateau, a former member of Lafourchette.com – which also offers reservations services, but with restaurants – Thomas Landais, also passed by Lafourchette.com, Jessy Bernal and Ivan Schneider. The start-up already had raised € 1 million in February with different business angels. Its objectives: to convince 400,000 healthcare professionals by 2020 in Europe, and to cross 500 million appointments.

In this market, the company is positioned against players such as MonDocteur.fr, in which Doctissimo had acquired a stake of 2.7 million euros, or KelDoc which raised 700,000 euros in April 2013 with Alven Capital and several business angels. A market with enormous potential: Doctolib estimates that 2.3 billion medical appointments are made each year, compared to 200 million hotel reservations. Also, more than 20 million searches of health professionals would be carried out each month on the Internet. In this organized bazaar, Doctolib wants to facilitate the process.

On the economic model side, Doctolib is free for the 1 million patients already registered. It markets its B2B solution, as a service, for 99 euros per month (including tax). A price that includes making an appointment, an agenda available on computer, mobile and tablet, an information site for customers and management of visibility on the Internet. One year after its launch, Doctolib employs 50 people and does not intend to stop there. What to take the pulse of the sector.