Exclusive: MedznMore shuts down

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Pakistan’s most funded health-tech startup, MedznMore, has shut down. Founded by Asad Khan, Careem Pakistan’s General Manager South, and Saad Khawar who brought in his expertise as Head of Product for Dawaai, the startup initiated operations in September 2020.

In October of the same year, it raised seed funding of $2.6M. At that time, it was the largest round in Pakistan’s history at that stage, a mantel currently held by DBank thanks to its $17.6M round. The investment came from local families and international investors whose names were not disclosed.

Providing B2B healthcare services, the startup claims to have served 10,000+ pharmacies. The company also launched Tabiyat.pk, an online pharmacy to cater to the B2C market. Their follow-up round of $11.5M came in May 2022. A myriad of local and international players participated in this including Integra Partners, Nunc Gestion, Atlas Group, Sturgeon Capital, Alta Semper, Lakson Group, and Premier Group among others.

What went wrong?

Saad Khawar, co-founder of Medznmore commented: “We decided to shut down operations in early part of June. Pakistan’s macros nosediving for the worst over the past many months couldn’t have come at a worst time for us; Coinciding with our Fundraise efforts.”

Though MedznMore was one of the most-funded healthtech startups in the country it was operating in a highly competitive environment. The news of closure came amidst what has been Pakistan’s worst quarter for startup funding since Q1’2020. In April-June, local startups bagged in only $5.2M of investment across 8 deals. While the country’s own political and economic environment has only added fuel to the fire, the global macros have also turned investors away from the VC asset class.

Model and Pivot

“We were primarily a B2B business for the longest time operating under the brand name TezMedz but completely pivoted away from B2B by the end of January. Building a B2B business of this nature is extremely difficult in a challenging liquidity environment because it requires immense scale to become sustainable, and in the interim, requires a lot of cash to sustain it,” he said. According to Mr. Khawar, MedznMore at its peak was delivering to more than 11,000 pharmacies across Pakistan. Of these, ~3,500 were ordering on a daily basis.

“We then pivoted to a pure play consumer business, that too, through an omnichannel strategy wherein we opened primary healthcare centers, to make all services (Pharma sales, doctor consultations, diagnostics) available to customers, both, offline and online, through the same infrastructure. We piloted this model back in November 2022 and started pursuing it aggressively post-January” said Mr Khawar. Just around that time, the company acquired Ehad Healthcare, a retail health services chain, in a stock deal. “I still feel this is a very sound model wherein each location can turn profitable fairly quickly, in 3-6 months.”

What’s next?

“As we speak, we are in talks with a few large players who are looking to buy our technology and brand, Tabiyat.pk. While there’s no major asset-liability gap the company is in the process of clearing whatever remaining liabilities we have left.”

Mr Khaawar concluded: “Even though it didn’t work out as we had hoped, I’m immensely proud of what we were able to build, and even prouder of the team that we got to build it with. It has been a true privilege working with these amazing colleagues, and to all of them I’d sincerely like to say, thank you.”

Mutaher Khan

Mutaher Khan is the co-founder of Data Darbar and has been mapping Pakistani startups and markets for the past five years. He can be reached at [email protected].

Natasha Uderani

Natasha Uderani is the co-founder of Data Darbar and has been involved with the technology ecosystem since 2017, last working as the Startup Engagement Manager for the National Incubation Center Hyderabad, She has previously worked with Careem and Cheetay. She can be reached at [email protected].


  1. Looks like not just the macros nose dive issue… some other factors involved too… other startups are still surviving with even low investment. There B2B side i think went wrong because pharma industry depends too much on high commissions & incentives to pharmacists and doctors, and there business model mostly depends on person to person business development via personal meetings & visits for sales which i guess was not possible or not accepted by buyers side in this online model…

  2. simplicity is the best example for all, they brought new luxurious offices but didnt work on business models

  3. There were many theft cases. But the operations team make forgery to the reports that were sent to the higher management. The main cause was the forgery of the reports. And start ups cannot survive with thefts.

  4. Answering to Sehet Kahani question. Sehet Kahni is s bit different business. SK is surviving on donors mostly. Donations nd grants from social organizations such USAID etc etc. Cause their product is nothing and I have never heard someone hve used their app as it is their major market acquiring medium.

    SK is mostly PR by using soft nd vulnerable image of Pakistan internationally and acquiring grands and donations not Funds as they need to ve returned.

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