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Care-tech startup Kenbi raises €23.5M Series-A to scale its homecare network
Dec. 16, 2021
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Berlin, December 16, 2021 — Kenbi, the tech-enabled healthcare-at-home startup based in Berlin,
Germany — announces it has raised €23.5 million to innovate and roll-out its tech-enabled care
solution nationally. The Series A round 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. To date, Kenbi has raised over €30
million and grown from 12 to over 300 employees (over 80% of which are female) since launching in
Addressing the growing nurse shortage emergency
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. As a result, more than half of Germany’s 625.000 caregivers have quit their job in the past
25 years. The remainder spends 40% of their time tied up by paperwork and inefficient processes.
Yet, one in two former caregivers declares themselves open to returning to work, if working conditions
Founded right before the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe, Kenbi has established a new standard of
work in care. The startup employs a largely decentralized network of caregiver professionals,
empowering agile teams through a modular app stack and efficient access to services and products.
Hiring skilled nurses in days, thanks to proprietary technology
Despite the deepening caregivers’ shortage, Kenbi has experienced a growing inflow of applicants.
Across 22 care-hubs in three German states, more than 300 professionals have joined the start-up’s
mission, providing more over 15,000 care visits every month.
A key enabler to growth and care quality is Kenbi’s proprietary technology. 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. “Every caregiver
receives a mobile phone with the Kenbi apps. Our digitalization efforts improve hiring speed from six
months to days, enable flexible scheduling, provide instant communication, and shorten care tour
durations by 20%. During the Covid crisis, our technology freed much-needed care time and reduced
unnecessary in-person contacts among team members,” says Co-Founder Clemens Raemy,
previously founder of the Latin-American cab hailing app SaferTaxi.
Rethinking the fundamentals of home care
Inspired by her own personal experience growing up with a relative in constant need of home care,
Co-Founder Katrin Alberding sought to provide a more human-centric approach:
“Patients value how our teams are highly local, accessible, and how they provide a one-stop-shop for
their care needs. 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 neighborhoods while being connected to a bigger infrastructure network,” she
explains. “Our teams benefit from a tech-enabled service program that relieves them from
administrative burdens and empowers our “Kenbis” to provide the best possible care. Flexibility is at
the core of everything we do”.
Kenbi is approved by all healthcare insurances in all German states in which it operates. This means
patients have their acute and long-term care costs covered regardless of the service of choice. All
caregivers are employed by Kenbi, ensuring consistent quality standards and a collaborative
development of tech solutions directly with the end user.
Series A to broaden the tech stack
The newly raised funds will be used to continue rolling out Kenbi across Germany, as well as
broadening the tech stack: “So far our proprietary technologies have focused on internal efficiencies;
recruiting, onboarding, scheduling, staffing, documentation, online training, and billing,” explains
co-founder and CTO Bruno Pires. “Now we will zoom in on customer-facing innovations that go
beyond the elderly target market, building a healthcare-at-home category for a broader population.”
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. In the future, the start-up will 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.
Alexander Schmitz, Partner at Endeavour Vision, who joins the company’s board as part of the
financing, elaborates, “the rapid development of health app innovations combined with
regulatory changes embracing digital solutions (DiGA) are opening up exciting new
opportunities for homecare in Germany that will fuel continued growth in a care market that
already exceeds €50 billion annually. Through its scalable online and offline approach, Kenbi is
ideally positioned to define that important market.”
“Kenbi is a successful example of how digitization combined with empathy can reverse some of
society’s most negative trends. The deep respect shown by Katrin, Clemens, Bruno and the
whole team for the needs of caretakers and patients alike results in a more fulfilling
environment for everyone involved. Their sensible mindset, speed of execution and quality of
technology will scale Kenbi far beyond Germany,” comments Christian Miele, partner at
Headline and an early board member.
Founded in November 2019, Kenbi is a tech-enabled homecare start-up based in Berlin, Germany
with a network of over 300 caregivers servicing patients across several states. The company
establishes a new standard in providing holistic care solutions by employing a decentralized network
of caregiver professionals and empowering agile teams through a modular app stack. With a modern
take on 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. Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Katrin Alberding and Clemens Raemy met at Harvard
Business School in 2009, after which they both pursued entrepreneurial routes in different industries
before founding Kenbi, together with experienced CTO Bruno Pires.
About Endeavour Vision
Endeavour Vision is a venture capital and growth equity firm founded in 2000, which invests in
growth-stage medical device, diagnostics and digital health companies in Europe and the US. Its
investments are focused on transformative healthcare technologies that bring superior clinical benefits
for patients and significant efficiencies to healthcare systems. Endeavour Vision’s experienced
international team, network and extensive deal flow give it a unique view on the sector, allowing it to
invest in global best-in-class or first-in-class technologies. The firm partners with companies in the
early stages of commercialising game-changing technologies and actively supports them beyond
capital with strategic and operational expertise.
Redalpine is an early stage investor focusing on disruptive and highly scalable Tech and Health-Tech
business models. Its aim is to help ambitious entrepreneurs turn their visions into reality. To foster
entrepreneurial success, Redalpine provides financial backing as well as relevant know-how and a
reliable network. Current investments include mobile-first bank N26, next generation global consumer
conglomerate Razor, smart tax assistant Taxfix, and tissue diagnostics platform Lunaphore.
Heartcore Capital is Europe's investor for entrepreneurs, building consumer technology companies.
With offices in Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris and Austin, they were early backers of companies like Kaia
Health, GetYourGuide, Natural Cycles and Formel Skin.
Headline (formerly eventures) is a Venture Capital firm actively on the ground in 7 cities around the
world. The Firm invests across geographies, leading rounds at every stage. Once we commit to a
team, we go to the ends of the earth to make their success global. Sonos, The RealReal, Creditas,
Sorare, Pismo, AppFolio, goPuff, Acorns, Farfetch, Segment, Bumble, and Yeahka are among the
stars in Headline’s world.
Born in San Francisco and Paris, Partech is one of the most active tech investors in the world,
bringing together capital, operational experience, and strategic support for entrepreneurs at seed,
venture and growth stages. The current portfolio includes 200+ companies in more than 30 countries,
of which 12 are valued at more than $1B: Alan, Bolt, Cazoo, Jellysmack, Made.com, ManoMano,
People.ai, Rohlik, Sorare, Toss, Wave, Xendit.
About Amino Collective
Amino Collective is a seed-stage venture capital fund partnering with founders globally who work on
solutions at the intersection of software, biology and healthcare. Formed by a community of
world-class scientists, entrepreneurs and tech executives, Amino Collective supports founders in
building category-leading companies. Amino Collective is run as a single-GP fund based in Berlin.
About Silicon Valley Bank
For nearly 40 years, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has been helping innovative companies and their
investors move bold ideas forward fast. SVB offers clients targeted financial services and expertise
through its various locations in international innovation centres such as Germany and the UK.
Europe's leading technology and life science companies at all stages of development rely on SVB's
industry-specific expertise, years of experience and unique network to help them grow in their home
markets and enter new markets abroad.
About Mutschler Ventures
Mutschler Ventures, which is part of a swiss-based single family office, was founded in 2007 with an
initial focus on digital business models and platforms. Meanwhile they have broadened their focus and
now additionally invest in new key technologies such as blockchain, software, mobility, robotics/
automation, fintech and biotech. They invest in early growth stages up to and including Series A,
whereby they also participate in subsequent rounds. They were early backers of companies such as
Auto1, Adyen, Flink or McMakler among many others.
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