[Funding alert] Kenko Health raises $1.7M in Pre-Series A led by BEENEXT and Orios

The funding will primarily be used by Kenko for product development, specifically in the OPD space, and expanding the core team.
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Kenko Health, a Mumbai-based health insurtech startup, has raised $1.7 million as a part of its pre-Series A round from BEENEXT and Orios as co-lead investors. This round also saw participation from Accelerator VC, 9Unicorns, and Waveform Ventures.

The startup said the investment will primarily be used for product development, specifically in the OPD space, and to expand the core team.

Aniruddha Sen, Co-founder, Kenko Health, said,

“At Kenko, customer experience is of primary importance and, towards that end, we set out to create a unique system of benefit payout where the customer receives the cost of treatment directly into their bank account before the treatment starts. With partners such as BEENEXT and Orios backing us, we are confident of giving India’s health insurtech a much needed digital makeover. We are aiming to add 20,000 users to our programme this year and another 100,000 next year.”

In the Indian health insurance space, most companies only focus on covering hospitalisation costs, the startup said. On an average, close to 75 percent of an individual’s lifetime healthcare expenses are incurred outside of a hospital. This includes doctor fees, medicine expenses, diagnostic tests, and even non-prescription products and services such as infant care, vision care, dental care, hair and skin care and so on.

In the current healthcare system, most of these are loosely termed as OPD (Outpatient Department Costs) and are usually not covered by any form of Insurance. Kenko believes that the key to protecting people’s health and wealth lies in covering all healthcare expenses : large and small, medical and OTC (over-the counter), preventive and curative. 

Keeping customer experience at its core, founders Aniruddha Sen and Dhiraj Goel set up Kenko Health in 2019. The duo has exposure to insurance companies and systems in the West as well as Southeast Asia, thereby bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table.

Through Kenko, the founders are looking to build the country’s first Health Management Organisation (HMO) - a holistic concept where companies don’t just simply cover healthcare expenses, but also, actively manage customers’ medical conditions, thereby leading to better long-term health outcomes. 

Kenko even steps in to fill up the gaps in claims payment by ensuring expenses are paid in full without deductions and also paid out in advance, just before hospital admission.

Rahul Maheshwari, Investment team at BEENEXT said, 

“Their unique subscription model and focus on overall healthcare, including OPD, makes Kenko a disruptor in this space. We are excited to be partnering with Kenko Health in their pursuit to make health insurance affordable and accessible to the larger Indian population.”

Anup Jain from Orios Venture Partners added, “Kenko is all set to provide a peace-of-mind plan for the first time insurance buyer in India who has been unable to access the benefits of insurance due to high premiums, lack of understanding, and absence of a full-stack digital experience. We are excited to partner with BEENEXT on leading this investment.”

Edited by Megha Reddy

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