Halle (Saale)/Berlin, 17.05.2019. Just in time for the DGK annual conference in Mannheim, close2real GmbH successfully launched ekg.training, the first German-language training platform dedicated exclusively to ECG competence.

The outstanding interest of the DGK trade fair visitors at the ekg.training stand confirms the need for action for new digital forms of further education and training in medicine.

Managing Director Dr. Alexander Bob: "Medical knowledge is growing at a rapid pace. This makes it difficult for doctors to keep up in their overburdened clinical routine. With our digital advanced training platforms such as ekg.training, we offer flexible advanced training courses suitable for every level of knowledge with an unprecedented range of topics and formats. These are developed by didactics experts, renowned medical experts and a highly qualified medical editorial team." ekg.training is an offer of close2real GmbH.

Almost at the same time the first financing round in a seven digit range was closed for the enterprise, which emerged from the BlueOcean Perspectives Entwicklungsgesellschaft. This financing round serves above all the conversion of the next product, close2real.training, which will offer a realistic, case based, digital training of anamnesis, diagnostics and therapy for physicians. Lead investor of the first financing round is the Risikokapitalfonds III of IBG Beteiligungsgesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt, managed by bmp Ventures AG.

Ywes Israel, Investment Manager at bmp Ventures, explains: "We have been observing the activity of the start-up for quite some time and find the combination of games technologies and training simulation in the field of medical further education convincing. We are pleased to have given the impetus for the settlement of the company in Halle and the development of the second product group in Saxony-Anhalt with our participation. Due to the local medical faculty, the digital media centre and last but not least the central location of Halle with good transport connections, the starting conditions for close2real GmbH are very good".


About close2real
close2real GmbH offers innovative, digital advanced training in the field of medicine. The focus is on a novel didactics, which enables physicians to build up sound knowledge through training and simulations and to apply it safely. close2real GmbH uses the potential of digital solutions to raise the efficiency and effectiveness of learning in medicine to a new level with adaptive learning functions or deep.training modules.
Further new product brands and projects in the development of close2real GmbH are the collaborative medical encyclopedia close2real-medizinwiki and the Klinikwiki, the collaborative knowledge network for clinics.
The company is headquartered in Halle (Saale), another location is Berlin.

About the IBG Funds
The IBG funds based in Magdeburg are the venture capital funds of the State of Saxony-Anhalt. The IBG funds provide equity capital to innovative companies with sustainable and above-average growth potential and a domicile/ operation in Saxony-Anhalt. At the beginning of 2017, IBG launched the new risk capital fund RKF III with a volume of EUR 84 million. The fund is financed by funds from the state and the European Union and invests in innovative companies in Saxony-Anhalt in the business phases of seed, start-up and growth. The IBG funds are managed by bmp Ventures AG.

About bmp Ventures
With an experience background of over 250 investments from almost all technology segments, most of which are in the early stages, bmp is one of the most experienced venture capital investors in Germany. In addition to direct investments, bmp has also managed venture capital funds for KfW Bankengruppe and DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft. bmp currently manages the IBG funds in Saxony-Anhalt and the Frühphasenfonds Brandenburg. bmp has around 20 employees in Berlin and Magdeburg.


close2real GmbH
Leipzigerstr. 70
D-06108 Halle (Saale)

IBG Beteiligungsgesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH
c/o bmp Ventures AG
Kantstraße 5
D-39104 Magdeburg

bmp Ventures AG
Schlüterstraße 38
D-10629 Berlin