Pune-based DocPlexus, a networking platform for healthcare professionals, has raised $700,000 (about Rs 4.6 crore) from startup focused fund Uniqorn Ventures and Austria-based investment and advisory boutique ASP Consulting.
The funds will be used by DocPlexus to develop a strong medical networking market and launch its product on iOS, which is currently available only on web and Android app.
“The Indian healthcare space is evolving rapidly with a large number of digital start-ups emerging in the segment. Quite a few bridge the gap between doctors and patients and make it more convenient for patients to reach out to doctors. Addressing the other side of the spectrum is DocPlexus, an online platform that enables doctors to reach out to their peers to interact and exchange ideas,” Phanish Chandra, founder of DocPlexus said.
DocPlexus was founded by Phanish Chandra along with seasoned European entrepreneurs, who bring along with them prior experience of establishing a similar successful model in Germany. Chandra is an IIT Kharagpur alumni with around 13 years of experience in the IT space.
The platform was launched in June last year, and had witnessed more than 100,000 doctor registrations till last month. Positioning itself as a Quora and LinkedIn for doctors, the platform aims to unlock the knowledge repositories with doctors that develop with experience, the company said in a statement.
Doctors from more than 1,500 cities and towns, and across 83 specialties are present on DocPlexus and interacting on a daily basis through queries, posts, answers, comments, etc. Along with smaller institutions, physicians from established hospitals like Apollo, Max, Fortis, AIIMS, PGIMER, JIPMER and CMC Vellore are also active on the community platform.
“No access is provided to doctors until they provide their medical registration numbers. The stringent verification process enables the platform to maintain the quality of engagement and interactions,” Chandra said.
Mumbai-based Uniqorn Ventures is a seed and early-stage venture fund that invests, typically in the range of Rs 2-4 crores, in Indian start-ups with disruptive business models and technologies.