Brandenburg start-up raises seven-figure sum and revolutionizes personnel management in the health and care industry
Lead investor Brandenburg Kapital invests in CrewLinQ's modular software solution for sustainable optimization of human resources management
Potsdam – 16 February 2023 – CrewLinQ's innovative software solution significantly simplifies personnel management in the healthcare and nursing sector and tailors it to the individual needs of nursing staff. The start-up founders Constanze Büchner and Dr. Torsten Fiegler convinced lead investor Brandenburg Kapital and other renowned angels from the health and care industry with this innovation. This is because with CrewLinQ essential factors for stress and dissatisfaction of caregivers are eliminated. The software solution is modular, GDPR-compliant and can be easily integrated into existing applications.
"CrewLinQ offers a pricing structure tailored to each customer, resulting in savings of up to 30,000 euros per month for a medium-sized hospital," explains Dr. Torsten Fiegler, CEO of CrewLinQ.
The initial situation
The nursing sector is particularly affected by the shortage of skilled workers. Recruiting qualified nursing staff is increasingly becoming a matter of survival for many institutions in the nursing and healthcare industry, therefore it is essential to create better working conditions so as to retain existing employees. All too often, inefficient scheduling in practice is the reason for nursing staff dissatisfaction and overwork.
Optimize duty scheduling digitally
CrewLinQ steps in where standard software providers can no longer address the individual challenges of duty scheduling in care: complicated shift work, frequent absences, managing standby pools, and scheduling with leased staff.
In addition, despite modern messenger services, communication between schedulers is often time-consuming, inefficient and not effective, and employees are becoming increasingly stressed and burdened. This manifests itself in high sick leave rates and frequent changes of employer.
"With CrewLinQ, we have developed a software that takes the needs of the caregiver seriously and puts them in the foreground. The focus is on more flexible working time models, bonus systems, better salaries, but also on appreciation by the clinic management," says Constanze Büchner, CEO & Founder of CrewLinQ.
Markus Barnickel, Investment Manager at Brandenburg Kapital adds: "The shortage of skilled workers as well as the Corona pandemic have shown that the digitization of hospitals is absolutely necessary, especially in the area of personnel processes, in order to ultimately put the focus back on the patients and to create better working conditions for everyone involved. I am absolutely convinced that CrewLinQ will make a significant contribution and I look forward to tackling this issue together with the team."
The central module of the CrewLinQ solution is their shortfall management system which, in the event of a personnel shortfall, simultaneously and automatically requests all available employees by qualification and department. Industry-specific challenges, such as pool management, internal communication, evaluation of key figures and cross-household requests for personnel, can be solved with various add-ons. In this way, CrewLinQ can be adapted to the individual needs of a wide range of facilities in the healthcare and nursing sector. CrewLinQ is compatible with existing IT systems because it works with or without an interface.
CrewLinQ was founded in Brandenburg in 2021 with the aim of achieving better working conditions and a better work-life balance in the care sector. The CrewLinQ team is convinced that more transparency, predictability and fairness are needed in the care industry to strengthen the position of all those who care and are cared for. That's why CrewLinQ uses digital solutions to change working conditions in care sustainably and from the inside out. The lead investor is Brandenburg Kapital, a subsidiary of the Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg.
Since 2022, CrewLinQ has been a member of Care for Innovation e. V., the association for digitalization in the care sector. The company has also already received several start-up prizes and awards, such as third place at the Start-up and Digitization Prize of the Entscheiderfabrik or second place at the Next Round: Brandenburg pitching event of ILB (Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg) and the WFBB (Wirtschaftsförderung Brandenburg). More information at: www.crewlinq.com
About Brandenburg Kapital GmbH/ ILB
Brandenburg Kapital GmbH is a subsidiary of the Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg (ILB). Since 1993, as the venture capital arm of ILB, it has supported Brandenburg-based companies by acquiring equity stakes and equity-like investments. As a public venture capital company, experienced lead investor and active partner, Brandenburg Kapital ensures a strong equity base for start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises in the State of Brandenburg on the basis of a stable group environment. The Early-stage and Growth Fundis currently available in the amount of around 100 million euros for this purpose. The funds for the Brandenburg Kapital fund, which was set up on behalf of the Brandenburg Ministry of Economics, are currently provided by the European Fund for Regional Development and by the ILB. Through ILB's investment activities, 252 companies have so far been supported on their growth course with around 290 million euros. In addition, private investors have invested more than 640 million euros in the companies to date. For more information, visit: www.brandenburg-kapital.de