COLUMBUS, Ohio (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST) — Tech-enabled pharmacy GiftHealth Inc. sold a majority stake for $40 million in a tough funding market for startups, and plans rapid hiring ahead of multimillion-dollar contracts set to start this summer.

Eir Partners, a Miami private equity firm focused entirely on healthcare technology, takes a 51% stake valuing the just over two-year-old startup at about $79 million, GiftHealth co-founder and CEO Nick Potts told Columbus Inno.

Fifteen minutes into their first video call in December, Eir founder Brett Carlson offered workable strategies for growing the business, Potts said.

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