PeekMed is studying to open an office in Germany and move to a new space in Braga, with the capacity to accommodate the team. This year alone the startup has increased the number of employees by more than two dozen, and now wants to reinforce the team in 2022 with around 10 to 15 new workers.
“We have always had a hybrid regime implemented. Currently, it ends up being heavily promoted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but we know that when it ends, we will have team members who will still prefer to work remotely. In any case, in January 2022, we will open a new office, already designed for this growth. When you want to come to the office, in Braga, you will have your place,” João Pedro Ribeiro, co-founder and CEO of PeekMed, tells ECO/Pessoas.
PeekMed was at Startup Braga, in the GNRation Building, and has been at the Ideia Atlântico business centre since 2018, also in Braga, where it is “currently quadrupling its physical space”.
Created in 2015 by Sara Silva, Jaime Campos and João Pedro Ribeiro, professionals linked to Biomedical Engineering, PeekMed has developed a 100% software-based system that helps orthopaedic doctors prepare their surgeries by bringing together 3D images, artificial intelligence and Computer Vision, used by over 3,200 surgeons and 200 health institutions.
After closing a €3 million funding round in May, the startup reinforced the team by hiring 21 talents. “It was a tough process but one we managed. We’re talking about a growth of about 300% and we had to adapt. For example, we didn’t have a person specifically dedicated to human resources and/or recruitment. It was one of the first areas we had to invest in. Sales, marketing and support areas followed. A few more adjustments and we are ready for a new phase. In addition, we were able to follow the wave of technological evolution and we know we are making the difference in the transformation of a very specific sector, such as health and orthopaedics,” João Pedro Ribeiro points out.
For 2022 the plans are growth-oriented. “We are planning to hire 10-15 more people in the coming months and the vacancies we have open are for profiles more linked to the technological background. However, we are always interested in interesting profiles, because we know that, given the phase in which we find ourselves, everything changes very quickly and from one moment to the next we may feel the need to refine the strategy and strengthen other areas,” explains the CEO.
A growth that also involves expansion into other markets. “In terms of geographical markets, our big bets for next year are the United States of America – where we already have the green light to become operational – and DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). We have grown in these regions, with active customers, and the goal is to open a physical location there”, specifically in Germany, says the startup’s co-founder.