Lars Hinrichs and Christoph Janz invest in Samedi

Serial entrepreneurs Lars Hinrichs and Christoph Janz have invested an undisclosed sum in samedi, which provides a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) appointment booking and resource planning service for healthcare providers in Germany. The angel investors have also joined the Berlin startup’s advisory board.

Founded in 2008 by Katrin Keller and Dr Alexander Alscher, samedi enables patients to book appointments online. This frees up administrators from having to answer the phone to patients during surgery hours. The service also allows for web-based collaboration between doctors, other clinics and health insurance providers and includes an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that helps practices to optimize their workflow. samedi describes this as „practice management 2.0“ and as a SaaS solution, everything happens in the ‚cloud‘.

samedi’s funding round

The precise amount of the investment in samedi is not known, but we do know that Lars Hinrichs bought four percent of the shares and Christoph Janz acquired two percent. The management team, consisting of Alexander Alscher and Katrin Keller, still control around 84 percent of the shares collectively. The remainder of the stock is held by earlier angel investors Dario Suter (about 4.7 percent) and Dennis Bemmann (about one percent).

„The health care industry is probably the last, most difficult but most auspicious market to bring into the cloud,“ said managing director and founder Katrin Keller. „Lars Hinrichs and Christoph Janz have showed in various cases their unique skills in successfully forming and implementing new Web 2.0 services. We are proud to bring in the knowledge and skill set of both.“

Lars Hinrichs and Christoph Janz

Hamburg-based tech entreprenuer Lars Hinrichs founded Xing and built it into the largest professional social networking platform in Germany. He later sold his stake to Hubert Burda Media and stepped down from the Xing board in January this year. Hinrichs is currently focused on his pre-seed incubator HackFwd and has invested in other notable startups including Supreme and Flip4New. Of samedi, Hinrichs said by e-mail: „It’s true, I’ve invested and find it a very exciting company. Samedi already has over 1,000 doctors and clinics as customers and the model shows a lot of promise.“

Christoph Janz is a prominent business angel who has focused primarily on e-commerce and Software-as-a-Service in his investments. He is involved in successful SaaS players such as Zendesk, as well as Momox and joinR. Janz is excited by the potential of SaaS for the medical profession, which he believes is crying out for modernisation. „If you want to see MS-DOS in action, you can either visit a technology museum, or you can go to a doctor’s office in Germany,“ he says. „Seriously, most doctors in Germany are still using a pen-and-paper calendar and software from the last millennium. samedi is poised to change that and I’m thrilled to help the samedi team on that mission.”