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Y Combinator alumnus Bemlo scoops $3.3M to help doctors and nurses find jobs easily

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Bemlo, a Stockholm-based marketplace for short-term staffing of doctors and nurses, has scooped $3.3 million in seed funding. The financing came from Y Combinator, Long Journey Ventures, Uncommon Capital, and a group of angel investors, including Dropbox co-founder Arash Ferdowsi, BloomTech co-founder Austen Allred and top executives from the Swedish digital health startup Kry.

Expansion plans ahead

The proceeds of this round will be deployed to fuel further expansion of Bemlo in existing and new markets in Europe. In addition to the home market Sweden, the company has established operations in Norway and the UK during this year.

Benjamin Waye, CEO, and co-founder of Bemlo said: “By providing a marketplace for short-term positions, we can match the right healthcare professionals with available short-term positions and address the current workforce shortage in healthcare. We are very proud to bring in top investors that share our vision of improving transparency and increasing efficiency within healthcare”.

Lee Jacobs, founder, and General Partner at Long Journey Ventures said: “ I’m impressed by what the team at Bemlo have accomplished in a short period of time and look forward to following their journey to better the work lives of healthcare workers in more European markets”.

Fills vacancy gap in healthcare staffing

Currently, there is a crisis in the healthcare staffing industry caused due to agencies that offer medical staff on contract. Eventually, hospitals resort to use startups that try to fix the issue.

Bemlo was founded by Alexander Björkenstam, Alfred Wahlforss and Frithiof Ekström in 2020 in Stockholm to resolve this crisis with its marketplace for short-term staffing of doctors and nurses. Used by healthcare professionals and healthcare staffing agencies, it compares short-term staffing at medical facilities, get salary information, contact employers and find shifts that suit them.

Bemlo connects nurses and doctors with care providers to fill temporary and longer vacancies. It collaborates with several care providers and staffing agencies to increase the transparency of all available short-term positions in different markets.

Currently, tens of thousands of nurses and doctors use Bemlo to search, find and compare different short-term positions in healthcare. It supports healthcare employers, including primary care clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes to secure their staffing within 24 hours instead of the existing three-month lead-time.

The company has been able to lower the thresholds and increase transparency within the industry, which allows for more informative decision-making. The startup has been part of the Silicon Valley-based startup accelerator Y Combinator as well as grown by more than 20% month-on-month in the first half of 2022.

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