£1m investment for fertility start-up

Funding | Healthcare | North West | Start-up | Technology
Dr Lucy Buckley and Kobi McCardle
Dr Lucy Buckley and Kobi McCardle

North West-focused Praetura Ventures has announced it is backing fertility startup Dr Fertility in a £1m seed round. The first investment of Praetura’s maiden EIS Fund will be used to develop Dr Fertility into a full-service digital health platform.

Founded by Dr Lucy Buckley, PhD and Kobi McCardle in June 2018, Dr Fertility was created to address the problem of conflicting, unreliable information about fertility.

Dr Fertility is designed to help couples navigate the enormous complexity of fertility, not least the substantial emotional aspect, with the view of becoming a one-stop-shop for everything people might need throughout their fertility journey. The investment will enable Dr Fertility to achieve this goal through technological upgrades and key hires.

As the business undergoes rapid growth, with revenue expected to double year-on-year, Praetura Ventures will be a key partner in Dr Fertility’s development. As well providing 90% of the seed investment through its recently announced £15m EIS fund, Praetura Ventures will help the startup manage its financial, cash and recruitment strategy as it quickly grows its goods and services. Praetura Ventures will also contribute its experience in implementing tech roadmaps as Dr Fertility develops its digital platform, alongside board-level digital marketing support.

National law firm Gateley PLC advised Praetura on the investment, providing legal support and guidance. Legal support for Dr Fertility was provided by  Manchester-based law firm Slater Heelis.

Dr Lucy Buckley, PhD, co-founder of Dr Fertility, said: “At Dr Fertility we are passionate about using our backgrounds in healthcare, e-commerce and marketing to provide a one-stop destination to support people on their fertility journey. We work with leading experts to develop fertility education and offer quality products to help people to better understand their own fertility and educate them on the positive steps they can take.

“Our vision is to build the world-leading digital health platform for fertility, offering an end-to-end solution to help support people wherever they are on their journey. With the backing of Praetura Ventures and our Angel investor, we’re looking forward to making our platform scalable so we can reach as many people around the world as possible.”

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