Cera raises £1.4 million for on-demand home carer platform

Health startup Cera has raised a further £1.4 million in seed funding for its homecare platform that connects carers with patients.

Credo Ventures led the funding round with participation from Kima Ventures. The latest tranche of funding brings the startup’s seed round to £2.7 million.

The company, cofounded by Dr Ben Maruthappu and Marek Sacha, launched in November 2016 and has contracts in place with 10 NHS organisations and a deal with Uber for transportation. It will use this new investment to broker more partnerships as well as further develop the platform with a particular focus on AI trials.

Investor Neil Colverd, formerly of UniCredit bank and Brightwater Capital, has joined the company to help with fundraising and international expansion.

“Cera is not just another on-demand service, but a holistic offering aiming to revolutionise the way care is delivered in the UK with a focus on quality, reliability and transparency,” said cofounder Maruthappu. “With our investors’ support and by bringing Neil Colverd on board we look forward to signing even more of these deals to increase the accessibility of our service and focus our efforts on further technological innovation.”

“Credo is backing Cera because we believe they have a huge opportunity to improve and advance the way that care is delivered across Europe,” added Credo’s Andrej Kiska.

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