(L-R) Founders of Ayu Health - Karan Gupta, Himesh Joshi, Arjit Gupta

To expand to 5000 beds in 6 cities by December 2022

Bengaluru, India, September 16, 2021 - Ayu Health, a health-tech startup with a network of hospitals providing high-quality, affordable healthcare, announced today that it has raised $6.3M in Series A financing from Vertex Ventures and Stellaris Venture Partners. The round also saw participation from marquee angel investors including Varun Alagh of Mamaearth, Ashish Gupta of Helion and Rajat Goel of EyeQ Hospitals.

Founded in 2019, Ayu Health has over 20 hospitals in Chandigarh and Bengaluru - all accredited by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) - making it one of the largest hospital chains in these cities. The startup enables its network hospitals with technology to maintain high clinical standards and provide a better patient experience at an affordable cost.

This fund infusion will help Ayu expand its hospital network and build new technology solutions to enable insurance processing, efficient procurement and clinical quality management at network hospitals. Ayu Health expects to grow its business 10x in FY22 and expand its bed capacity to 5000+ beds in 6 cities by Dec 2022.

Speaking about the investment, Himesh Joshi, Co-founder, Ayu Health said, “Our mission at Ayu is to democratize hospital care by using technology to improve both the quality, efficiency and reach of stand-alone hospitals. Our partner hospitals use our technology platform to improve clinical quality, procure medicines and consumables, and process insurance claims; this results in better clinical outcomes, a smooth in-hospital experience and transparent pricing for patients.

We are thrilled to partner with Stellaris and Vertex, as well as our angel investors to take our cause forward”, he added.

Ayu Health was co-founded in 2019 by repeat entrepreneurs Himesh Joshi, Arjit Gupta and Karan Gupta. The trio had previously founded used-goods marketplace Zefo, which was acquired by Quikr in 2019.

Ritesh Banglani, Partner at Stellaris Venture Partners said, “We have partnered with Himesh, Karan and Arjit previously when they were running Zefo, and have a very high regard for their capabilities. Their plan to tech-enable the $100 billion private hospital market and create India’s largest branded hospital chain resonated deeply with us. With their technology-led approach, they can provide high-quality and affordable hospital care to the mass market of patients.”

Piyush Kharbanda, Partner at Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India said, “At Vertex, we are continuously looking for ways in which technology can drive efficiencies in healthcare by demystifying complex tenets of care such as pricing, insurance and non-medical interventions. We are excited to partner with Ayu Health on this mission, especially with evolving customer behavior towards healthcare in the post pandemic world.”

Ayu Health is a chain of hospitals that provides high quality healthcare at affordable prices.

Ayu Health partners with high quality doctor entrepreneurs and provides them with an operating system to run their hospitals, which includes technology for a range of non-clinical services like marketing, patient management, insurance processing, procurement, etc.

The Ayu Health network currently consists of 20+ hospitals in Chandigarh and Bangalore. For more information, visit www.ayu.health.

Stellaris Venture Partners is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in tech and tech-enabled consumer and enterprise startups in India. Since its inception in 2017, Stellaris has backed market leaders such as Mamaearth, Whatfix, mFine, Slintel and Propelld. For more information on Stellaris Venture Partners, visit http://www.stellarisvp.com.

Vertex Ventures is a global network of operator-investors who manage portfolios in the U.S., China, Israel, India and Southeast Asia. The firm is a trusted partner to some of the world’s most innovative entrepreneurs, supporting them with unmatched operating experience and deep access to the capital, talent, partners and customers they need to build truly global businesses. Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia & India invests in high-growth startups seeking institutional venture capital funding across Asia (excluding China), with a focus on Singapore, India, Indonesia and other emerging hubs of innovation in the region. As part of Temasek Holdings, Vertex enjoys close relationships with the region’s top decision makers, talent and influencers. For more information, go to http://www.vertexventures.com/southeast-asia-india/.

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