In a city where the emergency medical service (108) is available free of cost, two MNC employees have decided to start
Ambee, a commercial ambulance-hailing service. The Hyderabad-based start-up is aiming to bring online half the ambulances across 60 Indian cities over the next five years.
co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick
had recently committed to investing $50,000 in Ambee, after the latter won in UberPitch, a country-wide competition held on December 22, 2016, along with two other start-ups.
In March 2016, Jaimon Jose had left his job as site lead at Google Maps and founded his own venture 1st Consult Technologies to start Ambee. Six months later, Rohit Kumar, who was an engineering project manager at Apple, had resigned from this role to join Ambee
as a co-founder and COO. The existing gaps in the emergency services in the country have made them develop an ambulance
The 108-emergency services are currently operational in 20 states but there are over 6 million deaths in a year due to delay in emergency medical services. According to Indian Medical Association (IMA), the country's medical emergency services should ideally be in a position to cover a five-minute emergency time.
founders observed that private hospitals are keen to serve the patients but cannot discover emergencies. Though there are many ambulances in a city, people cannot track the availability of the nearest vehicle, the way they find a cab in most of the cities.
In such a situation, Jaimon Jose said he lost his colleague and this incident triggered him to create an open platform accessible to public, healthcare providers and private ambulances.
Jose said that the final version of Ambee
app will be ready to use by the end of this month. The users of the mobile app can track the ambulance
in the nearby location and its exact position where it has reached. The company will soon launch its commercial operations in Hyderabad and plans to spread across all metro cities of the country.
The ten-month old startup had more than 30 ambulances on their technology platform and tied up with 11 major hospitals in Hyderabad to access their ambulances as well. In the last three months, it is piloting the operation with two hospital chains in Bengaluru. It also plans to enter New Delhi by the end of this year.
The revenue model of the company is based on commission on the fare. It charges 10-20% commission on cost of the rides ranging from Rs 500-2,000 which depends on the distance covered, type of ambulance
and its facilities.
The start-up had earlier raised $200,000 through angel investors from the US and Middle East. It plans to raise another $500,000 to $1 million to invest in the technology and roll out the services in the metro cities of the country during the next one year, according to Jose.