Doctolib is now going to seek international growth. The start-up for booking online medical appointments will launch on the German market. A team of around ten employees works for the company’s Berlin office, and around fifty doctors are already registered on the site. This is a branch entirely dedicated to marketing since R&D will remain located in France. In the end, Doctolib hopes to take a significant share in a market of “365,000 German healthcare professionals”.
“German patients visit a doctor almost ten times a year, one of the highest averages in Europe. The problem is almost the same as in France, with many overcrowded practices and a complex path for patients, ”said Simon Krüger, director of the German subsidiary, in a press release. “Being present in France and Germany is an essential basis for achieving our ultimate goal, which is to improve the care pathway for 500 million Europeans”, adds Stanislas Niox-Chateau, the co-founder of Doctolib, alongside Ivan Schneider. and Jessy Bernal.
10,000 doctors in France
To finance this international expansion, Doctolib can in particular rely on its fundraising of 18 million euros completed last year, in particular from the American fund Accel Partners. At the time, in an interview with Frenchweb, Stanislas Niox-Chateau was already explaining his desire to deploy Doctolib outside of France. Specifically, it aimed for a launch in six countries in 18 months.
Founded in 2013, Doctolib allows Internet users to make an appointment with healthcare professionals. In France, the company claims more than 300 healthcare establishments and 10,000 doctors using its platform. To convince them, she offers them a management software for their practice and claims to decrease the number of unfulfilled appointments.