Following the example of New York-based ZocDoc, we have witnessed the emergence in recent years of startups looking to help people quickly find and book appointments with local physicians or dentists. In recent weeks, we have covered London-based Zesty, which started as a dentistry-focused service and has since expanded, and Moroccan DabaDoc. DocPlanner, which started in Poland and since expanded to include 25 countries around the globe, represents one of the largest such services in Europe, but even they do not completely cover the map.
There remain countries, such as Lithuania, which have a considerable amount of room for new players and, in this particular case, Manodaktaras aims to fill the void.
CEO and founder Robertas Sadovskis tells me that he was inspired to create the business by his own experience with trying to find a reliable doctor. He spent 3 weeks and went 3 physicians in hopes of trying to find a good match, so he decided to put his frustration to good use and create a service to help others avoid the same trouble.
Backed by an undisclosed amount of funding from Lithuanian accelerator StartupHighway and Practica Capital, a JEREMIE-backed fund that has invested in 20 Lithuanian startups and projects within the past 3 years, Manodaktaras has attracted 500 doctors to a service that allows users to book medical services online. Unlike other services, which may offer access to apppointment-booking for only a handful of medical specialties, Manodaktaras already offers wide-ranging coverage. Upon visiting their site, users will find dozens of specialties from which they can choose.
The service is free to those looking to book appointsments, but Manodaktaras raises revenue by charging doctors a monthly subscription fee starting at 20 Euro. Doctors can list themselves on the site for free, but there is a fee to arrange the appointments.