English doctor-booking service Zesty has announced that they have picked up $7.2 million through a Series A that includes participation from Innovation Capital, Mangrove Capital Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, and Maya Capital. This is their third round, with Mangrove invested at every stage and the startup looking to the east in 2013, when they picked up funding from Ukrainian investment firm TA Ventures and Russian firm ABRT Venture Fund. Though the startup has focused upon the United Kingdom since it launched in 2013, they have their sights set on global expansion, stating that they intend to use this latest funding to secure their position in the domestic market and to begin branching out into western Europe.
Zesty has established itself as a platform for booking just about any type of doctor or dentist that you can imagine, be it a general physician, a physio, a chiropractor, a physical therapist, or other. British users can book appointments with private or NHS physicians, arranging dental or sexual-health meetings through the latter.
This particular market has proven attractive to investors recently with French competitor KelDoc taking home $1.4 million from Alven Capital last June (which followed the 700K Euro that they obtained from the same investors in 2013) and Polish rival DocPlanner hauling in $1 million from Berlin-based VC Point Nine Capital back in 2012. We have also covered a pair of similar services that have sprung up within the past year, including Moroccan DabaDoc (our post) and Lithuanian ManoDaktaras (our post).