Hospify closes seed funding round
Regional trial begins with Unison
Emma Dastur joins the team
Hospify has raised seed funding!
This month's newsletter heralds probably the single most exciting piece of news we've had since starting Hospify, as we can now announce that the company has closed a seed funding round. We have raised £250,000 from several angel investors, each of whom also brings invaluable experience in technology and business development. It's a huge step forward, and the combined input of cash and expertise will enable us to scale up our healthcare-compliant chat service much more rapidly and effectively.
To help us do that we have partnered with DCSL Software. Neville has been working with DCSL's team all summer to upgrade both Android and iOS versions of the app, and those changes have now been released into the Apple and Android app stores, so you can give them a try. These are the first of many planned improvements over the next few months, so keep an eye out for updates.
Trials with Unison begin in the West Midlands
The funding comes at just the right time, as we have just began a regional trial of our service with student nurses across the West Midlands. Last week I was at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Sheffield University shaking hands and telling people about our service; over the next month I'm going to be rolling the Hospify roadshow out to Wolverhampton, Walsall, Birmingham and Coventry.
The trial is being run in partnership with the Unison Health Care and Managers in Partnership (MiP Health) unions, and together we plan to get hundreds of new health care professionals to switch to Hospify's compliant messaging instead of using WhatsApp and other social media to communicate at work.
A warm welcome to Emma
Finally, I'd like to introduce you to a new member of our team! The fabulous Emma Dastur has come onboard to spearhead Hospify's marketing strategy. As you may have guessed, Emma is married to my co-founder Neville Dastur, and she is a very accomplished digital marketeer. She's already had a big impact on our company presentation (as you can see in the photo of our roadshow stand at the top of this mail), and you're going to be seeing a lot more evidence of her work as Hospify scales to meet the challenges ahead.