Ameera Shah on her journey building Metropolis Healthcare


Ameera Shah on her journey building Metropolis Healthcare

2018 has been a landmark year for the entrepreneur

By Aabha Bakaya  December 12th, 2018

After returning from The University of Texas at Austin in 2001, Ameera Shah took on her father’s stand-alone pathology lab in South Mumbai, and over the last decade and a half, has turned it into the corporate behemoth it is today: 2,000 centres and 4,500 employees across 18 states. It wasn’t an easy journey, but Shah didn’t give up. She secured backing from private equity players like Warburg Pincus and Kohlberg Kraviz Roberts, and a major funding round by Carlyle in 2015. Last year, Metropolis Healthcare recorded revenue of Rs. 650 crore. She has also evolved as a leader, and an inspiration to women entrepreneurs, setting up her own digital platform, Empoweress, a year ago, to encourage young women looking to build their own businesses by providing mentorship. 2018 has been a landmark year, as Metropolis Healthcare filed for an IPO in September to raise Rs. 1,500 crore. And next, Shah is turning her attention to acquisitions in India and overseas, and also plans to invest big in technology. “The idea is to transform Metropolis from being a bricks-and mortar services firm to a digitally empowered, omnichannel healthcare and wellness focused company.”

Photograph: Prarthna Singh
Styling: Akshita Singh
Hair and make-up: Jean-Claude Biguine, Mumbai
Assisted by: Pujarini Ghosh, Pratiksha Ladage (Styling)

On Shah: Satin jacket, Rs. 9, 500, Payal Khandwala. Cotton pants, Rs. 2,590, Zara. Leather heels, Shah’s own. Metal earrings, Rs. 1,200, Sakshi Jhunjhunwala at Minerali. Metal ring, Rs. 3,000, Minerali