We are excited to announce the investment by the Jenson SEIS and EIS Fund 3 into WellVine.
WellVine is the first online, on-demand platform for children’s healthcare. It offers the simplest way for parents and expectant parents to connect with highly experienced and pre-vetted health professionals using online video calls – anytime, anywhere. On a mission to help families live happier, healthier lives, WellVine has a curated network of professionals specific to pregnancy and paediatric health and wellness needs – from GPs, midwives and lactation consultants, to children’s nutritionists and children’s sleep consultants – bringing convenience and peace of mind to parents and parents-to-be.
The venture was founded by Hina Zaman, a healthcare industry specialist and Dr. Benedict Smith, an experienced GP, who believe in the power of technology to transform the way people access health support. Children are some of the highest users of primary health resource (second only to the elderly), with an estimated 71 million children’s primary health appointments per year in the UK alone. However, access to health is increasingly challenging, whether be it the estimated 34 million people unable to get a GP appointment of choice across the country, or the disjointed process for finding and booking specialist health support. These issues also exist in many other healthcare systems around the globe, indicating the scale of the problem. The idea took further shape when Hina, as a new mum, went back to work full-time and struggled to make it to middle-of day doctor’s appointments for her baby. WellVine research with parents and expectant parents confirmed that accessing health support typically involved long waits for appointments; laboured searches for specialists online; and difficulty in finding the right support at the right time. There had to be a better way.
Hina, an MBA with deep experience of healthcare and business management, along with Dr. Smith, an Oxford-trained, highly experienced GP with over ten years of experience in primary and emergency medicine, joined forces to develop a better solution – WellVine.
Hina commented: “We are delighted to receive funding from Jenson to accelerate our growth. We look forward to helping more families in their journey from pregnancy to parenthood, and aim to be their trusted partner of choice in their search for fast, easy, convenient health support”.