Eckhardt Weber (Co-Founder, Managing Director) and Stephanie Kaiser (Co-Founder, Managing Director) Nils Lucas
What inspired you to found your startup?
Long waiting hours, health data in silos, increasing costs: healthcare is broken. At least, it has not yet arrived in the 21st century. We noticed that the innovation model that we created with the vertical FinTech company builder (FinLeap) would also be a winning formula in healthcare.
How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?
With our pure-sector focus in healthcare, we bring together the pieces that help successfully launch digital health companies. Each new business model, each new investment or partnership, gives us more insights into the market. Each colleague becomes more of an expert every time we take on a project.
How do you define success for yourself and your company?
Take, for instance, our telemedicine platform Fernarzt: we cannot do direct marketing, but our active customer base is growing monthly. Patients who have tried Fernarzt recommend it to their family and friends. I think when a business grows organically, that’s a very strong indicator for success.
What do you want to achieve next year?
We will launch another two or three innovative healthcare companies, possibly moving deeper into the pharma market.
Why do people want to work at your company?
Interdisciplinary work with accomplished serial entrepreneurs, medical experts, and engineers is each day’s greatest joy. Flat hierarchies, a lot of ownership.
What has been the most important milestone so far?
We have launched a new business every three months, starting with our mother-and-child-care portal Kinderheldin in October, and followed by Fernarzt in December and Hy Studio in April. We have also invested in a number of very promising technologies, including Mimi, Moodpath and Nebula Genomics.
Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?
With Heartbeat Labs we have managed to build a brand that is already known in the industry as a go-to-player for the digitization of healthcare. Politicians, corporations, health insurance companies, and many other health startups have visited us to exchange ideas or to develop initiatives together.
Where do you see your company in 5 years?
We see Heartbeat Labs working with the leading pharmaceutical and healthcare providers, making healthcare more accessible, more efficient, and more effective for millions of people.
What is your impression of launching a startup from your based city?
Berlin is the political capital of Germany. Therefore there could not be a better place for us than Berlin. And of course there are many talents, great ideas, and lots of positive exchange among the different players here.
What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?
The German VC scene has sometimes been criticized to be too short-term oriented rather than supporting bold visions. In Healthcare this is a specific challenge, because the market moves slower. We have to market great ideas to more investors, since great ideas do need capital to get of the ground.
Heartbeat Labs was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.