Startup is the most upcoming thing in our head when we talk about development of nation. In this new world where the success rate is low and struggle is most , Meena Ganesh has been an inspiration and a role model for women of the century. This woman who is now 50 plus, is the co-founder of home healthcare startup, Portea Medical and has nearly three decades of experience across industries .She is considered as the country’s one of the foremost business leaders.
In November 2015, she was selected by Fortune India as one of the 50 ‘Most Powerful Women in Business.’
She has a PGDM from IIM Calcutta has a graduate degree in Physics from the Madras University. After which she spent around 10 years in the corporate sector to enhance her entrepreneurial skills. In 2011, she was conferred the ‘Distinguished Alumnus’ award by IIM Calcutta. She was also one of the 5 finalists for the Forbes Leadership Award in 2012.
For Meena, her startup, Portea is more of a cause than a profit making business, “We are trying to address a fundamental and far-reaching problem as the system of providing medical attention to the elderly or those with chronic diseases in the comforts of their homes is broken,” she said.
The main mission of portea is to provide in-home service to patients, the full range of geriatric, chronic, post-operative care as well as allied healthcare services. Portea provides its services to more than 1 lakh homes a month in 21 cities and has a workforce of 4,500. The company plans on expanding to over 50 cities within a year or two.
Infosys co-founder, Nandan Nilekani praises her achievements by saying “I’ve known her since her days at Microsoft, then at Tesco, and now as CEO of Portea Medical. She brings passion, attention to detail, and strategic thinking to all that she does.”
She founded this company with her partner and husband, Krishna Ganesh. When asked how the two of them handle their work load, she says,” Broadly, he handles the external world , I the internal. Over time we have fallen into these roles,”