About Us

HealthStart is India’s first accelerator program dedicated to supporting start ups in healthcare industry through funding, mentorship and other requisite support. Healthstart has been founded by a team of highly successful group of global professionals comprising of entrepreneurs, business executives and investment professionals with the sole aim - to stimulate much needed healthcare entrepreneurship. HealthStart model of active mentorship through a dedicated curriculum, industry focus and active support from industry experts are key differentiators in the Indian venture capital ecosystem.

HealthStart has 2 different funding programs, incubation program & angels investment. Look into the funding section to learn more.

Our Focus

HealthStart would be favourable predisposed towards entrepreneurs who believe in “Frugal innovation” in our focus areas, mentioned below:

  • Funding of new technologies, business, distribution or service delivery ideas in the healthcare and wellness space that have relevance to the Indian market

  • Bias towards services and technology oriented companies, web-based software companies, or healthcare process outsourcing companies that solve a genuine need or problem, be high on innovative or intellectual content, and have high growth potential

  • Balanced and flexible teams who have a full range of complementary skills - business, technical, and other necessary skills and most importantly the passion to succeed

  • Would typically have made some progress on the idea or prototypeWould typically have made some progress on the idea or prototype

Founding Team

Pradeep K. Jaisingh - Founding Chairman

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Pradeep K Jaisingh is a successful healthcare entrepreneur with extensive experience in creating innovative business models. Pradeep has been a global Business Executive with an outstanding track record in both Fortune 500 companies and smaller corporations in US, Europe and India. At present Pradeep is Managing Director & CEO of International Oncology—a global cancer care and research company setting up a chain of comprehensive cancer centres.

Pradeep is also the founder and Managing Trustee of Outcancer---a Non-profit initiative dedicated to the cause of cancer awareness, education and screening.(www.outcancer.org)

Pradeep has received numerous honors and awards and is listed amongst the most prominent Indo-American business leaders. He has been awarded the CEO Club's "Global Leadership" award in 2009. Early on in his career he was selected as "Best Young Manager of India" by the All India Management Association in 1995.

Pradeep has also been a distinguished speaker and presenter at major national and international conferences including at MIT (Legatum Convergence), Pan IIM Global Summit etc. on Management and Healthcare entrepreneurship in US, Europe and India and has been featured in major international publications across the world.

An MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad Pradeep was also a British Chevening scholar at the Leeds University Business School, Leeds, U.K. for an Advanced Management Programme in Leadership Development.

Raj Airey- Founding Partner

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Raj Airey is a UK NRI with extensive experience in health sector and leadership roles with MNC in emerging markets. Mr. Raj Airey is founding partner of Wizzcare Home Health Solutions was previously CEO of Baxter India region,(NYSE:BAX), a global diversified healthcare company.

Mr. Airey brings 26 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry of which 17 were with Pfizer - including eight years in Country President roles in CEE countries. UK, Belgium, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Spain and India.

In addition, Mr. Airey has chaired NGO’s and think-tank initiatives in the area of IPR and encouraging innovation as well as industry/trade associations. He has held several board positions and has experience in representing the R&D pharmaceutical sector in industry forums and public debate:

  • Slovakia: Vice President of the AMCHAM, and board member for 4 years, Chairman of the Local Area Working Group LAWG, member of the Board of the Association of R&D companies, Chair of the IPR EU/US task force with CSIS.
  • Poland: Treasurer of the Association of the Representatives of Innovative Pharmaceutical Companies (SPIFF), member of SPIFF’s Advisory Board. Within SPIFF, active in the field of business ethics.
  • India: Chairman of the IV manufactures association, board member of Saarathi Healthcare. Sporadic Consulting for Indian and international healthcare firms. Deal sourcing, M&A and incubation mentoring.

A post graduate from London University and executive programs from Harvard Business School and INSEAD Paris, Mr. Airey has considerable management experience with a track record of building successful organizations in fast moving environments.

Suhail Chander -Founding Partner

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Suhail Chander qualified as a Chartered Accountant and started his career at the ANZ Banking Group in India as a Management Trainee in 1983. After holding a variety of positions mainly in the Corporate Banking and Trade Finance area, Suhail moved to ABN AMRO in 1990 to Head Corporate Banking at New Delhi. He subsequently moved to Chennai to set-up the Banks operations there.

After creating two successful franchises in India Suhail moved to ABN AMRO Indonesia and spent 7 years there in various capacities including Corporate Banking, Risk Management, Recoveries and Consumer Banking. In 2006, he was given the responsibility to run ABN AMRO's Consumer Banking business in Singapore and Malaysia.

Suhail Moved to Indusind Bank in February 2008. An accomplished banker with an outstanding record of achievements in areas such as Strategic Planning, Corporate and SME Banking, Financial Institutions, Risk & Recoveries, Wealth Management, Retail Distribution and Credit Cards. Suhail, now leads Indusind Banks Corporate and Commercial Banking Business. A part of the Core Management Team he has direct responsibility for Corporate and Institutional Banking, Investment Banking, Financial Institutions, Small and Medium Enterprises and Corporate Liabilities.

Management

Chairman - Pradeep K. Jaisingh

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Pradeep K Jaisingh is a successful healthcare entrepreneur with extensive experience in creating innovative business models. Pradeep has been a global Business Executive with an outstanding track record in both Fortune 500 companies and smaller corporations in US, Europe and India. At present Pradeep is Managing Director & CEO of International Oncology—a global cancer care and research company setting up a chain of comprehensive cancer centres.

Pradeep is also the founder and Managing Trustee of Outcancer---a Non-profit initiative dedicated to the cause of cancer awareness, education and screening.(www.outcancer.org)

Pradeep has received numerous honors and awards and is listed amongst the most prominent Indo-American business leaders. He has been awarded the CEO Club's "Global Leadership" award in 2009. Early on in his career he was selected as "Best Young Manager of India" by the All India Management Association in 1995.

Pradeep has also been a distinguished speaker and presenter at major national and international conferences including at MIT (Legatum Convergence), Pan IIM Global Summit etc. on Management and Healthcare entrepreneurship in US, Europe and India and has been featured in major international publications across the world.

An MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad Pradeep was also a British Chevening scholar at the Leeds University Business School, Leeds, U.K. for an Advanced Management Programme in Leadership Development.

Chief Executive Officer – Dr. Vishal Bansal

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Vishal is a docpreneur, an adventure seeker & an ideator. His teenage interest in medicine led him to become the first doctor in his family. However, as he entered clinical practice, his interest went beyond clinical; focusing on bringing change in systems & policy approach in healthcare. He worked in various healthcare settings & roles for a few years, before deciding to enhance his skill set through a global healthcare MBA from Vanderbilt University, USA. Turning entrepreneur after finishing his MBA, Vishal worked on developing a clinical decision support system through design algorithms for access latest clinical research & innovation into monetization model for the same. Vishal was also a founding member of the GSF Accelerator program in its first batch & followed it by a brief stint in Public Healthcare Consulting, working on projects with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank & several state governments in India. Vishal passion for healthcare entrepreneurship has brought him back to lead HealthStart as its CEO.

Mentors

Amit Sharma
Amit Sharma
Asish Mohapatra
Asish Mohapatra
Aditi Shrivastava
Aditi Shrivastava
Dheeraj Batra
Dheeraj Batra
K.Chandrasekhar
K.Chandrasekhar
Matt Jameson Evans
Matt Jameson Evans
Mayur Sirdesai
Mayur Sirdesai
Pallav Gupta
Pallav Gupta
Pradeep K Jaisingh
Pradeep K Jaisingh
Raj Airey
Raj Airey
Rajib Ghosh
Rajib Ghosh
Salman Bokhari
Salman Bokhari
Sanjiv Bhatia
Sanjiv Bhatia
Sharda Balaji
Sharda Balaji
Suhail Chander
Suhail Chander
Vamesh Chovatia
Vamesh Chovatia
Vishal Bansal
Vishal Bansal

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Mission and Objectives

To enable and stimulate early stage innovation and entrepreneurial success, creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem that creates positive impact on the healthcare and wellness industry in India.

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