Other marquee investors who participated in the round include — Rajan Anandan, an IAN Member & MD Google India, Madhusudhan Kannan, Chief Business Officer of Uber India & Emerging Markets, Jayant Kadambi, Co-Founder & Chairman of YuMe among others. Renowned Angel investor and Founder of India’s 1st healthcare incubator-HealthStart, Pradeep K Jaisingh, is the lead IAN member joining the company board.
Addressing a huge gap, PregBuddy ensures timely & easy delivery of high quality medical care through their continuum platform between doctors and their expecting patients, through their journey-from pre-conception to the early years of motherhood.
The platform offers personalized healthcare via peer support, organized information, expert access for nutrition, fitness & emotional advice, in addition, to affordable access to essential products & services.
Founded in 2016 by IIT graduates Sivareena and Subhadeep Mondal, PregBuddy is a Health & wellness platform for women during the years when she tries to conceive, pregnant and in their early years of motherhood. It is essentially a smart connected care platform for expecting mothers.
The idea of PregBuddy struck to founders when one of Sivareena’s cousin underwent a miscarriage in her 4th month of her pregnancy. The domain then caught their attention and together, Sivareena and Subhadeep then decided to work in the healthcare space and bring about a positive change in people’s lives. What started with a WhatsApp group initially led them to build a pregnancy app which was the first peer-to-peer instant reassurance platform for expecting mothers based on their location, trimester, language, region and past medical conditions.
Last year, the startup was selected by Google for their first cohort of Solve for India and its Launchpad Build program. They have recently been awarded by actor Akshay Kumar, Asian Business Angel Forum, and DST – Government of India for their contribution in healthcare sector. The startup was also part of Facebook’s FbStart programme and Zone Startup India’s flagship all-women accelerator programme “empoWer”. PregBuddy has been completely bootstrapped for 1.5 years and they make money through usual B2C models for consumers products.
To date, PregBuddy has already seen a traction of over 60,000 users, and has been growing organically by 20%, month-over-month, which is phenomenal success so far in this domain. Most of their users are first-time moms, living in nuclear families who find the PregBuddy App very useful like a companion throughout the pregnancy.
Commenting on the investment, lead IAN investor Pradeep K Jaisingh said “Technology is playing a defining role in today’s healthcare system both for enhancing quality and improving access to healthcare in India. PregBuddy has emerged as an exciting new platform for both caregivers and patients alike, leading to great improvements in patient satisfaction, reduced costs and improved health outcomes. The company has had phenomenal success so far in this domain and we believe they will continue to excel in the industry to be a market leader.”
“Over the past 1.5 years we’ve seen the impact of our product on expecting mothers’ lives. Every day we have at least 100 mothers who are delivering their babies after using PregBuddy. This provides us immense satisfaction and boost to our team to do more. We plan to utilize this investment to expand our team and scale up the platform. We’re actively looking to hire few passionate people in fields of technology, marketing and business development who will join our core-team and work closely with the cofounders and grow along with them.” said S.L. Sivareena, Cofounder & COO at PregBuddy.
Last month Karma Healthcare, an Udaipur, Rajasthan-based startup in the technology-led healthcare space, has raised INR 3 crore in equity funding from early stage investment firm 1Crowd.
Speaking about funds for early-ventures working in healthcare, recently India’s largest hospital chain Apollo Hospitals has launched seed fund for healthcare startups in India. According to a report published by Nasscom in last November, funding in healthcare tech segment has witnessed 129% increase in funding from $70 million in FY17 to $160 million in FY18. Attributing to the increased traction in these segments to innovation.
Last December, health-tech startup KiViHealth raised $400K funding from Claris Capital and Chandigarh Angels followed by $350,000 seed funding of Kolkata-based EasyBuyHealth.
Top Image – Sarika Sivareena Via Pregbuddy@Twitter