The online platform for virtual consultations between doctors and patients, MeraDoctor, has raised INR 7 crore Pre-Series A funding from Ronnie Screwvala’s Unilazer Ventures.
Since launching earlier this year, MeraDoctor has helped over 300,000 people connect with carefully screened doctors across India through a simple chat interface.
Most health platforms create a big bazaar experience in which neither patients nor doctors are comfortable. Instead, as a doctor-led company, MeraDoctor builds trust and loyalty by smoothly connecting patients with reputable physicians only, and ensures that both sides have a high-quality experience.
The new investment will help MeraDoctor extend its technology platform, scale up its doctor base, add to its technology and management teams, and grow to become the largest virtual healthcare platform in India.
Mumbai-based Unilazer Ventures, set up by first-generation entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala, led the round, with participation from existing investor IndiaQuotient, India’s leading early-stage fund. Previous investors include Aaavishkaar and Accion Venture Lab.
Dr Ajay Nair, CEO and Co-Founder, MeraDoctor,says, “We’re honoured to have partnered with Ronnie Screwvala and some of the country’s best entrepreneurs and investors to take MeraDoctor to the next stage. Within the country’s rapidly evolving healthcare industry, our focus is clear – we make it easy for everyone in India to have high quality health conversations on their phone. In just a few months after launching our app for live messaging with doctors, we’ve helped over 300,000 people connect with quality care.”
“MeraDoctor’s leadership team is unique in combining a deep understanding of healthcare with a fine-tuned sense of customer needs and a relentless drive to build a large, enduring business. Mobile adoption is disrupting the way healthcare is being delivered. The very large untapped market and the team’s deep healthcare experience is a winning combination. I’m delighted to support their vision and contribute as best I can, as Ajay and Gautam tackle one of the biggest opportunities in India today,” says Ronnie Screwvala.
Founded by Gautam Ivatury and Dr Ajay Nair in 2010, MeraDoctor is India’s most trusted platform connecting doctors and patients for virtual consultations. To date, MeraDoctor has connected people from over 1,000 locations across India with carefully screened doctors in 11 states for live, real-time consultations. The platform has helped everyone from expecting and young mothers with infants, to families in hard-to-reach areas, to those suffering from chronic disease.
MeraDoctor has been a finalist for the VC Circle Healthcare Awards 2014 and is a member of Facebook’s SME Council for India.