Digital Healthcare Platform HUED Lands $1.6M in Funding from Serena Williams and Others
Style Magazine Newswire | 8/23/2021, 2:02 p.m.
The digital health start-up HUED, founded in 2018 by Kimberly Wilson with the aim of connecting patients with Black and Latinx healthcare providers, recently raised $1.6 million in seed funding led by women venture capitalists.
According to thegrio.com, round participants included Serena Williams‘ Serena Ventures, Osage Venture Partners, Northwestern Mutual, Black Founders Matter, Gingerbread Capital, and angel investor and health industry leader, Halle Tecco.
To quote the grio.com:
“Embarking on such a bold mission to reimagine the healthcare system for communities of color is no easy feat,” said Wilson, Founder and CEO of HUED in a press release. “It’s incredible to have received the support of incredible investors, such as Female Founders Fund, to further our mission to empower and train healthcare workers on anti-racist practices, implicit bias, and providing culturally sensitive care for Black and Latinx populations.”
“We are thrilled to back Kimberly and her vision for HUED in making healthcare more equitable for millions of Black and Latinx patients,” said Anu Duggal, Founding Partner of Female Founders Fund. “She has built exciting traction with a strong team and we believe the HUED model will have a massive impact on healthcare outcomes in this country.”
HUED uses a patient’s insurance provider and region to match providers. The site also allows patients to access reviews about specific providers before making an appointment.
Wilson’s own 2017 healthcare scare inspired her to create HUED. When she ended up in the emergency room with complications related to fibroids, Wilson has stated that her mostly white male doctors “dismissed my pain.”
Through this funding round, grio.com reports, HUED will be able to add to its growing ranks of providers and train over 5,000 healthcare workers nationwide.