Erine Gray, on June 7, 2016
Series B funding led by Techstars Ventures allows company to extend lead as the number one search platform for social service search, referrals and application processing.
Austin, TX, June 7, 2016 - Aunt Bertha, the social services search and referral platform, today announced a $5 million Series B round of financing led by Techstars Ventures (TSV). Jason Seats, partner at TSV will join Aunt Bertha’s board.
“There’s a lot of unnecessary suffering going on for many Americans including veterans, those with low income, and those with complicated medical conditions. Many don’t know about government or charitable programs that can help,” said Aunt Bertha CEO Erine Gray. “The growth capital will help us extend our lead as the number one search and referral platform for social services. We’ll also continue to partner with the most innovative health care organizations, community foundations and governments.”
Techstars has a long history of building successful software platforms, including investments in Uber, Twilio and Sendgrid. “After my trip to Boulder, CO to meet the Techstars team, it was clear that they were the partners we wanted to work with,” said Gray. “Our company cultures were aligned.”
AuntBertha.com, a social services search and referrals platform, is available to everybody in the United States - everywhere - from New York City to small towns like Ashland, VA. The Austin, TX based team has spent the last five years indexing the country’s health and human services programs, including those provided by charities and government agencies. AuntBertha.com is easy to use and free to the public. To date more than 207,500 people have used the platform - either to help themselves, or to help others.
“What we liked about Aunt Bertha was that they found a way to provide a valuable service to folks in need but also put together a business model to support it. We were impressed with their customer list, which includes some of the country’s most well-respected hospitals, foundations and health insurance companies.” - Jason Seats, Techstars Ventures.
The company sells a premium version of it’s platform to employers of large groups of social workers and case managers. The enterprise version makes it simple for employees of these organizations to find social services on behalf of their clients, make referrals to agencies that can help and report on activity and outcomes.
“I first met Erine and the team in 2013,” said Liz Luckett, president of The Social Entrepreneur Fund (TSEF), an investor and Aunt Bertha board member. “The team has dedicated their careers to fixing problems in health and human services and have the experience and customer insight to deliver. They’re using data and reporting to communicate public health insights that could fundamentally change how services are delivered. It’s going to be exciting to watch.”
About Aunt Bertha
Aunt Bertha is a search platform for finding and applying for social services in the United States. People in need, case managers and social workers can find and apply for government and charitable services in seconds. The company also provides enterprise tools for organizations that employ large groups of social workers. Aunt Bertha is a privately held company based in Austin, TX, founded by Erine Gray. For more information, please visit https://www.auntbertha.com.
Aunt Bertha's mission is to make human services information accessible to people and programs. Medicaid Managed Care providers across the country are using Aunt Bertha to help their clients find government and charitable programs to help areas of their members' lives unrelated to health.
The idea is simple. There are things that affect people's health that are unrelated to health. If someone can't pay their electricity bill during the summer in the south, it's not only stressful but can cause other medical problems. If someone can't find a ride, it's difficult to get to a follow-up doctor's appointment. Those in the medical field call these issues the Social Determinants of Health. The National Office of Disease and Health Prevention define the Social Determinants of Health pretty well in this article.
Chris Dunkin, Aunt Bertha's VP of Sales, helps hospitals and medicaid managed care organizations address these issues using Aunt Betha's Enterprise Search Platform for Health Care. Today he was featured on Mostly Medicaid's Who's Who of the Medicaid Industry.
Check out the article on Mostly Medicaid here: http://mostlymedicaid.com/medicaid-industrys-series-chris-dunkin/.
Want to learn more about how Aunt Bertha helps Health Care providers? Request a demo below and we'd be happy to set up a quick chat to give you an overview.
Hello everyone. OK, so you haven't heard from us for quite a while on this blog. There's a good reason for that. We've been quietly working hard gathering data from across the United States.
You'll hear more about this in the coming weeks, but we are now rolled out with data in all 50 states. We have a great dataset in big cities through relationships with our customers like Robin Hood Foundation in New York City, the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, DC and Health Leads in Los Angeles. We've also focused our data strategy to include available services in small towns across the country, with partnerships with customers like Heartland for Children in Florida and Families ETC in Illinois.
Gathering data has been a big part of what we've been working on. But we've also been learning from some of the best people out there: social workers, case managers, nurses, doctors and other professionals who dedicate their careers to helping others. We've spent time with the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University, a recent partner, this spring. Ruby, our product manager, spent the day with Serve Denton, one of our earliest customers - and drove home inspired by their work. And the whole team hung out at Caritas of Austin. Pictured above are Jeanette Sparks, Velisia Escobar and Janea Taylor getting instructions during volunteer day at Caritas.
We're learning a lot from the folks we've been meeting with.
We're inspired by the social workers we meet who are seeing anywhere from 5-20 clients a day.
We're inspired by the director of development out there making that one extra call or email.
And we're inspired by the executive directors that are staying up late writing one more page of that long grant application.
We hope to share things we've learned, and some interesting data we find along the way. So go ahead and bookmark us, or better yet, subscribe to this blog --> just enter your email in the form to your right!
We're growing and we're looking for great people to join our team. We're based in downtown Austin, TX and are looking for people who are ready to work hard, have a lot of fun and want to make a difference.
We work in a fun environment - you'll sometimes see dogs running around the office - and we're looking for a few idealists to help us to continue our mission to make human services information accessible to people and programs.
Right now, we have three open positions:
A few things about us:
We have competitive pay, free breakfast and lunch at the office, company paid short and long-term disability insurance, company paid life insurance, a $300 per month health insurance stipend, unlimited vacation policy and a chance to make a big dent into a hard problem.
Erine Gray, on December 23, 2013
May you have a great time with the people you love this holiday season (even the crazy ones).
We realize that people may leave a bad review about a program from time to time. Even though each program is well-meaning, we think on average this feedback will help programs be more responsive to the needs of the community. Most of the folks we've been talking to agree.
Try it out, and if you have any questions, thoughts, concerns, comments, or suggestions - just email us at support at auntbertha.com. We'll get right back to you!
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