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Budget 2023 | Healthtech startups need provision for soft loans & working capital

videos | Jan 24, 2023 8:18 PM IST

Budget 2023 | Healthtech startups need provision for soft loans & working capital

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Startup Street spoke to Mudit Dandwate, Co-Founder and CEO, Dozee; and Dr Geetha Manjunath, Founder and CEO of Niramai Health Analytix about the budget wishlist for the healthtech sector.

India's healthcare system was put to test both during and post the pandemic. Health institutions took a major financial hit and this catalysed the need for adoption of technology across the sector to manage their patients. With a growing need for health facilities and infrastructure across the country, will Budget 2023 fuel start-ups who are supporting the digitisation of healthcare?

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Startup Street spoke to Mudit Dandwate, Co-Founder and CEO, Dozee; and Dr Geetha Manjunath, Founder and CEO of Niramai Health Analytix about the budget wishlist for the healthtech sector.
Manjunath said, “We want government to enable soft loans and working capital for the startsup. Second I want to have special tax provisions for employees of qualifying startups and incentivise more wellness and preventive care activity.”
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