Check-ER raised $100,000 of additional financing #BigBangMoment
Some of you might be wondering what actually happens to startups once they leave the Accelerator Program. Below, read the success story of Check-ER, a startup from the second intake of the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Accelerator. The team has been very busy since they finished their three-month stay at the Innovation Center. They received a follow-up investment of over $100,000 from a French business angel. In September, they launched the Android version of their app and started a pilot program at a French hospital chain.
When Check-ER started in Tel Aviv not too long ago, co-founders Leon Hulli and Rachel Bodkier had no idea just how far their journey would take them. What they knew instead was that they wanted to find a solution to an issue that many have faced: long wait times at the emergency rooms. So they created Check-ER, a system mean to optimize wait times for patients and hospitals administrators. By means of an app, the patients can get real-time data on how busy nearby emergency rooms are, allowing them to make an informed choice on which to visit. Additionally, the app enables users to check-in prior to arrival, which helps the staff prepare for incoming patients before they even walk through the door. Hence, the system addresses the problems caused by long wait times, such as delayed treatment, higher complication and mortality rates, and lower quality care and patient satisfaction. With help of Check-ER, visiting an emergency room is made as pleasant and painless as possible.
During their stay at the Innovation Center in Darmstadt, the startup tailored their business model specifically to implement their pilot program as soon as possible. Beside the additional investment of $100,000, Check-ER has attracted a lot of attention from key players in their industry. For example, the team was able to discuss collaboration opportunities with the Israeli Minister of Health. As Check-ER’s success continues to grow, they are looking for seed money to expand their service to countries all around the world.