Recently, the industry has seen a rise in the number of doctor-founded businesses and has since termed the hybrid entrepreneurs as “Doctorpreneurs”.
The new businesses exist within the health tech market and have managed to enjoy strong support from venture capital investors.
The number of doctorpreneurs has been growing in the last few years as UK-based doctors have been turning their attention towards innovative solutions in healthcare. The new businesses could be a response to the negative sentiment surrounding the NHS.
Because of the plentitude of businesses within the health tech market, a number of digital healthcare companies have received funding over the past few months.
Two doctor-founded companies in the UK have managed to secure Series A funding from established venture firms. These include Touch Surgery, a surgical simulation training company and Doctify, a software provider for doctors which offers a booking platform for patients.
Doctify was co-founded by two NHS trauma surgeons, Dr Stephanie Eltz and Dr Suman Saha. The pair met whilst operating together at UCH in London and quickly found that they shared a passion for lateral thinking and a drive towards innovation within the healthcare sector.
The founders are passionate about connecting patients and doctors with one touch of a button. Within seconds, patients can search, compare and book an appointment with the specialist they need in an area near them for free.
Doctify co-founder, Dr Stephanie Eltz said: “Doctify is now well on its way to establishing a dominant position in the UK digital healthcare space. We feel proud at having been backed by a venture capital like Amadeus Capital and promise to do our utmost to deliver incredible things in the future.”