'If the idea is clear, it doesn't matter if a startup is women or men led'

Dr Garima Sawhney, Cofounder, Pristyn Care

Growing a business from an idea is a challenge for both men and women entrepreneurs, and everyone needs to exhibit grit and resilience to navigate the questions by VCs successfully, said Dr Garima Sawhney, co-founder of Pristyn Care, in an interview for DealStreetAsia’s inaugural report – Female Founders in India 2021 – on the gender funding gap in India.

“There are enough businesses that fail when the investor and vision are not aligned with the idea of the entrepreneur. If the idea is clear, women or non-women led startups wouldn’t make a difference,” Sawhney said. “One should only go to an investor with someone who will have synergy with your business idea, someone who will relate it and understand it,” she added.

Founded in 2018 by Sawhney, Dr Vaibhav Kapoor, and Harsimarbir Singh, healthcare technology startup Pristyn Care has an estimated 400 full-time expert doctors with experience in performing surgeries for 50+ diseases. The startups claims to be present in more than 40 cities and towns.

The startup entered the unicorn club in December after raising about $85 million (Rs 641 crore) in a Series E funding round led by venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. Its other backers include Tiger Global Management, Hummingbird Ventures, Epiq Capital, QED, and Amber Winter.

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