Kenyan startup, Capsule Ltd raises US$100,000 to launch its Uber for ambulance app


Capsule Limited, a Kenyan startup that builds innovative healthcare products, has raised US$100,000 to launch its Uber for ambulance app, Flare.

Flare seeks to solve the whole issues associated with ambulance services – availability, quality, response time, pricing, et a – in Kenya, and by extension, Africa.

The app houses privately-owned ambulance companies so they are easily accessible by patients and hospitals, especially in times of emergencies.

Flare, just like the Uber app, and most on-demand apps out there, has features to track ambulances when they’re in transit, when they arrive their locations and when the job is done.

Also, mechanisms have been put in place to ensure ambulances are in top shape, available when needed, and prices are not neck-breaking,

The startup raised the funds from two American investors, although there’s on-going negotiation with a Kenyan angel investor which could see the funds increase.

“We plan to raise a seed round at the end of 2016 to be able to commercially launch in Kenya, build out our team and explore our next market,” said Caitlin Dolkart, co-founder of Capsule.

Back in April, Flare got accepted into, and completed, the Merck’s three months equity-free digital health accelerator program in Nairobi, Kenya.

The team received US$15,000 as well as access to Merck’s global network of experts for ongoing coaching and mentoring.

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