ISP Delhi Bureau
He is an angel investor with a difference. Dr. Aniruddha Malpani invests not for mere profits but for building newer systems of delivery of education and health for the society. He was practising doctor when he turned his focus on investing in ventures to support start-ups and newer ideas. His favourite areas of investments have been education technology, healthcare and startups that have a long term social impact.
Talking to the media, Dr. Malpani has been categorical that he doesn’t measure success of an investment by its returns. He prefers to be a learner in the process of the investment and likes to invest for a long term. With time, Malpani Ventures today is known as an investment firm that funds frugal innovations in India with a portfolio ranging from education to healthcare, financial inclusion and software development.
Dr. Aniruddha Malpani, born in a family of doctors, is an IVF specialist who passed out from Bombay University as a bright star with a lot of expectations from his peers. He has won over 20 gold medals during his academic career and his IVF clinic attracts patients from worldover. Apart from his medical practice, he also runs one of the world’s largest free patient education libraries called HELP. He has authored many books , including the very popular ones called – How to Get the Best Medical Care; Successful Medical Practice; Using Information Therapy to Put Patients First; Decoding Medical Gobbledygook.
Even before becoming an angel investor and investing in young minds for better future, Dr. Malpani’s passion focussed on patient empowerment and he believed that using information technology to deliver healing can be the best solution to revive a sick healthcare system in the country, specially in the rural areas.
Dr. Malpani thinks that the biggest challenge for investors like him is to find the right entrepreneurs to back. He says it is especially difficult for social impact investors because the investment must happen with someone whose heart is in the right place but also someone who is hard-headed enough to be able to run a business profitably and sustainably and scale it well.
He has pioneered the use of innovative technology to educate infertile couples, using cartoon films , comic books and digitally. His latest focus on investment is around cutting edge technology in education and how to ensure the reach for education to the last mile. He has invested in micro-schools in rural areas and is an ardent advocate of making education accessible to all irrespective of their social and economical background.