Rishi U. Shah, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Contextmedia, is a successful media and technology entrepreneur.
Rishi started ContextMedia in 2006 to help patients with chronic diseases live healthier through contextually relevant media services.
The company’s DOOH networks and mobile media offerings are now used by over a million patients monthly and the firm’s clients include more than half of the 20 largest pharmaceutical companies.
Rishi advises several early stage companies and serves on the Board of Directors of many civic organizations including the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Institute for Student Business Education at Northwestern University and serves as a mentor for Chicago’s technology start-up incubator, Excelerate Labs.
He was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as a member of their 40-Under-40 class in 2009 and is an active member of the Executives Club of Chicago, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and the Illinois Technology Association.
He is past founder of the Northwestern Business Review, a Northwestern University-based collaborative publication distributed to more than 60 leading campuses nationwide.
Prior to that, he founded a home computer consulting firm whose clients were acquired by Best Buy.
Rishi has also founded several non-profit initiatives at the intersection of youth, education and media including the Urban-Suburban Domestic Exchange Initiative, a program sponsored by the Gates foundation to facilitate cross-school interaction.
Oakbrook, Ill.-native, Rishi is an avid fan of the Chicago Bulls, ancient Indian philosophy and new media.
ContextMedia co-founder Shradha Agarwal has always had a passion for communication and launched her first media enterprise at age 9.
While building ContextMedia from the ground up, she branded the healthcare media company as for-benefit, a successful for-profit enterprise that exists for social benefit, and focused on organizational culture architecture.
Having led ContextMedia’s product development strategies for media and technology, Shradha currently designs and oversees the expansion initiatives that have doubled the company’s growth year-over-year.
Shradha is also an angel investor, conference speaker and startup advisor, mentoring at the Founder Institute, serving on the board of Northwestern Student Holdings, and participating at YEC, 1871, CEO, IIEE, The Executives’ Club of Chicago and Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Shradha, along with co-founder Rishi, was honored at the White House as Empact’s top 100 young entrepreneurs in the country.
Shradha was also recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the Tech 50 individuals leading Chicago’s startup wave and inducted into the 40 Under 40 list of young achievers in 2012.
As a broadcast journalism alum of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a concentration in economics and international relations, Shradha’s prior experiences have taken her into newsrooms at NBC and CLTV.
At NU she founded the Northwestern Business Review and served as the Editor-in-Chief developing the mission, plan and operations for the bi-annual magazine still distributed. She was featured by the NU Alumni Association as 1 of 30 most promising graduates in her class of 2,000 students.
Having lived in Delhi, Calcutta and Singapore, Shradha says she’s drawn to big cities. Now living between Manhattan and Chicago, she loves the energy of the former and the warmth (all pun intended) of the latter.
A speaker of five languages, she enjoys traveling and has been through Europe, Americas, Africa and Asia fascinated by learning new cultures.
Shradha is also a music and dance enthusiast, having once run her own dance troupe fusing Contemporary and Classical forms
Based in Chicago, Context Media owns and operates a suite of digital healthcare networks delivering condition-specific programming at point-of-care in all 50 states.
Context Media urges healthcare professionals to engage patients while curating content personalized for each member practice.
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