Dialogue raises $4 million seed round


Dialogue, the virtual health and wellness app for employers, announced a $4 million seed round today as well as plans to expand to Ontario.

The round was led by venture capital launchpad Diagram and includes BDC Capital, Hacking Health Accelerator, and a group of experienced entrepreneurs.

The virtual platform offers a range of integrated healthcare services for employers to keep their employees happy, healthy, and working at their highest potential. Features include the ability to chat with a registered nurse, undergo a visual examination by a doctor through video chat, and employees can even renew or receive new prescriptions for conditions diagnosable by sight.

“Francois, the CEO of Diagram, wanted to put together an experienced team. We had already worked together in the past and he already had a strong interest in healthcare, having led a medical devices company. So it was a good fit,” Cherif Habib, CEO of Dialogue told MTLinTECH.

Dialogue has attracted a distinguished group of physicians to its team, both generalists and specialists, many of whom have a decade or more years of experience and dual-licenses. The platform is also attracting an impressive list of the best allied health professionals in Canada. The diversity of this group allows Dialogue to deal with a wide range of health and medical issues, including travel medicine, pediatrics, mental health, nutrition, preventative care and more.

And while the funding will be used to expand to Ontario first, the plan is for a pan-Canada expansion.

“Ontario is our first new province but we plan to be in BC and Alberta by the end of the year. The money will be used mainly to further improve our tech and to invest in sales and marketing efforts,” said Habib.

Dialogue counts a number of marquee companies among its customers that have praised their B2B- focused approach, including McKinsey & Company, BCG (Boston Consulting Group), Power Corporation of Canada, and law firm BCF. It’s a win-win for both employers and employees. It allows companies to stand out from the crowd and attract the best possible candidate for a position, while providing a new level of personalized and convenient healthcare solutions.

“We are excited to be offering this new benefit to our Canadian staff. We are committed to our employees’ health and wellbeing and that of their families,” said Cliff Grevler, the Managing Director of BCG Canada in a press release. “Immediate access to virtual healthcare helps ensure our employees don’t delay in prioritizing their health and will enable them to stay productive at work and in their personal lives.”

The service has been especially popular in Canada’s tech sector, and is another tool for attracting international talent and retaining Canadian talent.

“With the hunt for talent becoming increasingly competitive, we are constantly looking for ways to ensure we remain a great place to work for all our employees, at every stage of their lives,” said Nora Jenkins, Director of People Operations at Wealthsimple, another Dialogue client in a press release. “In striving to offer our employees a great culture, workspace, and unmatched benefits, Dialogue complements our offering to support our employees both at work and outside of it.”

While expansion is a big focus for Dialogue right now, Habib said to expect announcements regarding finalized partnerships in Quebec in the next few weeks.

“We will be announcing a few big clients who are in the final processes of signing up for our service, and we will also be making some announcements in a couple of weeks regarding sales collaborations.

 

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