THE DIGITAL HEALTH PLATFORM
We co-found and scale digital health companies together with selected entrepreneurs. Individually tailored setups lay the foundation for each company’s success. This encompasses funding, key hires and a network of accomplished advisors and investors. Experts in tech, product, marketing, BI, HR, finance and legal – with thorough understanding of the complex healthcare market – ensure high quality across all necessary areas. Our serial entrepreneurs guide the companies’ development and help find the optimal strategy.
With our market exposure we constantly come across new and innovative solutions to address specific healthcare and medical challenges. We select talented teams with an emerging business or technology that create synergies and strategic relevance with our portfolio. Within our portfolio, we actively leverage each other’s know-how to increase each companies chances of success.
We partner with corporates and industry experts, academic research teams and accomplished individuals to create impactful environments. With our proven expertise in founding digital health companies we can join forces to build a digital-native product or service, access the healthcare market, scale new business or overcome regulatory hurdles faster and more successfully. Our main objective and expertise is fast and lean execution.
The Venture Development Process
There are different ways we come across the challenges in healthcare and medicine. Ranging from analytical research and expert interviews, through problems we identify within other existing business contexts to the value of exchange with all relevant healthcare stakeholders.
We then match the relevance of the opportunity with our skillset of potential solutions and compare its strategic fit with our portfolio. Ideation can take as long as several months down to a couple of days for us to decide to execute.
Though our concept development is based on textbook approaches, our main focus is on understanding the key value driver for the business model and translate it into the success factors for the organization and DNA of the future company.
We believe the former needs to be a given, but the latter makes the difference between failing and succeeding.
While fine tuning the concept we continuously sketch out and test prototypes of our digital products.
This always includes ongoing user testing and constant iterations, while clearing regulatory and legal questions.
Our core believe for any new company that we build up is assembling the best possible team for this endeavor. So early focus is on recruiting and establishing the right culture. Together with the co-founding managing directors and all other early team members we then specify the go-to-market approach.
Mostly this ends up in a very direct, often niche, way to find the first customer group of success. With them we generate the learnings and de-risk our hypotheses to establish a long term foundation and strategy to take our companies to the next level.
As soon as the company sees traction with its core business, we execute on the growth plan:
We raise funding from additional investors, consider vertical/geographical expansion and guide the company to become fully self sufficient with an independent sustainable business model.
Stephanie KaiserFounder & Managing Director
Stephanie Kaiser leads product development, engineering and venture execution. Previously she helped building Wooga, one of Europe’s fastest growing companies for mobile games and in 2018 Stephanie joined the digital council to the federal government.More infos
Eckhardt WeberFounder & Managing Director
Eckhardt Weber is leading the overall venture development, investment strategy, investor relations and communications. Through his experience at FinLeap, where he guided a bank and an insurance to their BaFin licenses, he confidently navigates highly regulated environments.More infos
Hendrik KrawinkelFounder & Managing Director
Hendrik Krawinkel develops the team and defines workflow processes around finance, legal, human resources and operations. In 2011, he started HitFox together with Jan Beckers and three years later co-founded finleap.More infos
Dr. Johannes KeienburgManaging Director
Dr. Johannes Keienburg joined Heartbeat Labs in 2019. He has broad experience in digital strategy, healthcare, and advertising. He worked at McKinsey's healthcare sector and at ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE. As of December 2018, Johannes is also CEO of the HitFox Group.More infos
Jan BeckersFounder & Chairman
Jan Beckers guides Heartbeat Labs’ overall strategic development. While studying, he launched the event portal studenta.de and the job portal absolventa.de. From 2008 onwards he focussed on adtech, co-founded madvertise, fyber and a few years later HitFox Group.More infos