Aunt Bertha, a social services search and referral platform, has received a $5 million Series B round of financing led by Techstars Ventures. The company was first introduced to Investors’Circle (IC) in 2012 at an Unreasonable Institute event, pitched at IC’s national Beyond the Pitch: Texas event, and received funding from IC’s Patient Capital Collaborative (PCC) Fund. The recent round allows the company to extend its lead as the number one platform for social services search, referrals, and application processing.

Techstars has a long history of building successful software platforms, including investments in Uber, Twilio and Sendgrid. Whether impact investing is becoming more mainstream or that mainstream investors are seeing more value in impact deals, this investment confirms that the pool of investors interested in impact deals is growing.

“As an entrepreneur working on a social enterprise, finding investors that understand the fine line one needs to walk is vital. I met Justin Desrosiers from Investors’ Circle in 2012, and he’s been helpful to Aunt Bertha ever since. Even when we didn’t first meet IC’s investment criteria, Justin and the IC team were always supportive – making introductions or giving us good advice. IC’s PCC Fund eventually became an investor, and we now consider the folks from IC to be trusted advisors. They’ve helped us get to where we are, and we’ll always be thankful for those early conversations,”

says Erine Gray, founder & CEO of Aunt Bertha.

Aunt Bertha makes it easy to connect seekers to service.
Aunt Bertha makes it easy to connect seekers to service.

AuntBertha.com is a social services search and referrals platform that is easy to use and free to the public. 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. To date more than 207,500 people have used the platform - including individuals using the free search to find social services and case workers who also use the platform to help patients find the services they need. This platform also allows them to find housing, food, and jobs easily and quickly, which serves their ultimate goal of self-sustainability.

“Techstars Ventures’ investment in Aunt Bertha certainly helps to validate the market opportunity, but it also gives Erine and his team the capital they need to scale the business and open up new opportunities. Investors’ Circle looks forward to watching Aunt Bertha continue to lead the way in creating a sustainable, high-impact business,”

says Justin Desrosiers, IC’s Director of Investments and PCC Fund Principal. As Aunt Bertha continues to scale, IC members can further support the company by making introductions to hospital systems that could help patients find social services while lowering costs and decreasing administrative costs for the hospital. Contact Justin Desrosiers if you want to help!

This map shows the large market opportunity for human services.
This map shows the large market opportunity for human services.
Aunt Bertha makes it easy for people in need reach self-sufficiency.
Aunt Bertha makes it easy for people in need reach self-sufficiency.