A Kenyan-based startup, Flare, emerged among three winners to win the inaugural Koffi Annan Award for innovation in Africa.
The award ceremony in Vienna at the Austrian Academy of Sciences saw the startup emerge top out of over 330 applications from 38 countries on the continent.The Kofi Annan Award seeks to recognize startups that challenge traditional approaches and come up with unique inventions that offer global solutions.
A win that guarantees Flare receiving Ksh29.6 million ($250,000) in grants as well as access to long-term mentoring and international visibility.
Austrian Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer, “It is a true pleasure and honor to be the patron of this great initiative. I wish the winners all the best and much success in their future endeavours,With the Kofi Annan Award, the Federal Chancellery not only supports innovative startups from Africa with Ksh29 million each but also helps them gain centre stage. In this way, we are giving them the chance to network with experienced companies and to drive their projects and ideas forward even more effectively.”
Flare, on the other hand, is an application that secures ambulance services for the public within minutes. The startup was launched in January 2018.
As per the information on their website, Flare is designed with and for emergency response professionals – built to address the goals and concerns of your emergency response team.
Flare enables users to utilise numerous services in the ambulance-based app including planning around real-time conditions and tracking accurate location data for effective response.