Drishti a Bangalore based eye care chain raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani. The funds will be used for expansion in 6 more districts in Karnataka.
Drishti was founded by Kiran Anandampillai, Dr Rajesh Babu B and Anjali Joshi. Kiran is also the founding members of OnMobile. Currently it is operating in 4 districts of Karnataka including Ramanagar, Chitradurga, Chikkaballapur and Bengaluru.
“Providing affordable healthcare leveraging technology is a very critical issue. I like Drishti’s approach and believe that the co-founders Kiran and Anjali have their heart in the right place, and want to build a sustainable business with high impact.”
After this funding Drishti is the ninth venture backed by Nilekani, who has invested in early startups in last few months. With this funding, capacity of Drishti will increase and it will be able to provide its services to undeserved areas of Karnataka.
Sedemac Mechatronics a Mumbai based startup has raised around $7.5 Million from Nandan Nilekani- Co-founder of Infosys, leading this round and its existing investor Nexus Venture Partners.
Kiran Anandampillai Co-founder and CEO of Drishti said
“It is both an honour and privilege to partner Nilekani. This will help Drishti realise its goals to deliver quality eye care through eye hospitals, telemedicine supported vision centres and mobile eye clinics.”
Startups which are backed by Nilekani includes , RailYatri, robots maker Systemantics India, LetsVenture, Juggernaut and Fortigo among others.
Anjani Joshi Co-founder of Drishti said
“This gesture is going to have a long term impact. It would mean that by employing innovation we will be able to touch the lives of millions in the semi urban and rural areas.”