Kenbi, the tech-enabled healthcare-at-home startup based in Berlin, has just raised €23.5 million to roll out its innovative care solution. The funding injection is led by healthcare investor, Endeavour Vision. Existing investors Redalpine, Heartcore, Headline, Partech and Amino Collective participate with the newly joined Mutschler Ventures and lender Silicon Valley Bank.
The 80% female staffed company launched in 2019 with a vision to establish a new standard of work in care. Kenbi employs a largely decentralized network of over 300 caregiver professionals, empowering agile teams through a modular app stack and efficient access to services and products. With their modern approach to care, Kenbi provides efficient access to services and products such as household help, companionship, pet visits, basic physical care, as well as medical and specialized healthcare treatments.
Despite more and more people requiring care, the number of skilled nursing professionals has been steadily decreasing due to the stressful conditions and paper-heavy bureaucracy associated with the profession. Founders Katrin Alberding and Clemens Raemy wanted to create a solution that would simultaneously improve care standards, and address the growing nurse shortage that we are currently experiencing across Europe.
A key enabler to growth and care quality is Kenbi’s proprietary technology. As a result, more than 300 professionals have joined the start-up’s mission, providing more than 15,000 care visits every month across 23 care-hubs in Germany.
The Kenbi tech-based solution to health care comprises a range of modular apps across the entire value chain of caregiving streamlines back-office operations such as recruitment, onboarding, care planning, documentation, communication, training, and billing. With a commitment to digitization and communication, every caregiver receives a mobile phone with the Kenbi apps installed.
Co-Founder Katrin Alberding grew up with a relative in constant need of home care. With this experience, she wanted to rethink the fundamentals of home care and establish a more human-centric approach.
Katrin said: “Healthcare professionals join Kenbi because we champion a real alternative to the old ways that have failed them by providing a tech-driven, autonomous work approach where small teams serve tightly-knit neighbourhoods while being connected to a bigger infrastructure network…Flexibility is at the core of everything we do”.
In 2021, Kenbi tested its family app, giving selected relatives – or patients themselves – access to the services schedule, care reports, care network contacts and a marketplace to request additional offerings. The health tech innovators have also been approved by all healthcare insurances in all German states in which it operates.
The newly raised funds will be used to continue rolling out Kenbi across Germany, as well as broadening the tech stack. The young company also wnt to explore the integration of its home care services with modern care advancements, such as online pharmacy systems, nurse-assisted telemedicine models, connected home devices, and big data analyses for predictive healthcare in the future.