Setting up an IT start-up with zero bank balance is quite a challenge especially when it is being promoted by two young women entrepreneurs. Despite challenges, B. Raaga Sudha and P. Shailaja have managed to keep the start-up Anjani IT Solutions afloat.
In fact, recently, they won the third best prize for their mobile application on hospital information systems in the prestigious AppFest 2012. It was in September, 2010, when the duo decided to quit their IT careers to set-up a company that could develop affordable health information systems for health sector. Not surprisingly, unlike plush IT offices, the duo work out of a two-room house in Moosarambagh.
“When we meet our clients, they first assume that we have come for internship in their company. But when we start pitching our ideas, companies usually hesitate. It’s difficult to take them on-board because they have little faith on start-ups,” Ms. Raaga Sudha (firstname.lastname@example.org) says.
Their mobile application ‘MedCloud-Vaidyasevam’, developed during the ‘AppFest’ enables district level health workers to input patient data in a tablet, which can be remotely accessed by a specialist doctor sitting in a city.
“Our app facilitates in correct diagnosis. Specialists, who are usually in cities, can remotely access patient ailment history even their videos. Even laboratory tests can be fed into the app and specialists can access it,” explained developers Ch. Prasad and G. Srikanth of the company.
A masters degree holder in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) from JNTU, Raaga Sudha felt that youngsters with bright ideas should not hesitate to set-up start ups. “In the last two-years, companies have started to recognise start-ups. Incubation centres are coming up and acceptance to new ideas has increased,” she says.
The young entrepreneur said that engineering students should also look to work with start-ups and incubation centres that will help them understand the ecosystem. “We intentionally decided to promote local talent and that’s why set-up office here. We thought that Dilsukhnagar is the best place to attract talent from L.B. Nagar, Vanasthalipuram and other nearby places,” she said.