MUrgency, a Dubai-based startup has added another feather in its cap by winning the 1776 Challenge Cup, which is a global tournament for startups having potential for solving major challenges people face worldwide. MUrgency had previously won Golden Gavel Award, Startup of the Year 2016 at Startup GRIND, San Francisco and 2016 SXSW Accelerator, Health and Wearable Technologies, at South by Southwest Festivals, Austin.
Each year 1776, a global incubator and venture fund, hosts a worldwide tournament called the Challenge Cup. Startups advance through three rounds: Local, Regional and Global Finals. The final event was held in Washington, DC this year. Last year, Twiga Foods, a mobile-based supply platform for Africa’s retail outlets, kiosks, and market stalls won the Finals.
So what is MUrgency? It is world’s 1st emergency response app which connects people in state of emergency connect with medical professionals, family, friends and others who can assist them in emergency. It is a brainchild of Shaffi Mather, a social entrepreneur of Indian origin with headquarters in San Francisco, USA.
MUrgency have recently raised funding from Ratan Tata and Axilor Ventures which is owned by Infosys co-founders Kris Gopalakrishnan and S D Shibulal.
MUrgency App is available on both Android and IOS and have seen more than 5K downloads.
At present they have 1557 Medical respondents, 70 Medical Institutions, 47,565 Partner responders associated and have responded to ~300909 emergencies.
MUrgency was launched in Punjab in February 2016 and has signed up with 350+ responders and 36 leading hospitals including Fortis Hospital, Max Hospital. The hospitals have enrolled their on-duty medical staff on the MUrgency Network making their emergency room team available to help in medical emergencies near their location.
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Their key associations:
- Global Partners: World Economic Forum’s Forum of Young Global Leaders Community
- Member of: Business Call to Action at the UNDP, National EMS Management Association, American Ambulance Association, National Emergency Number Association, European Emergency Number Association, Ambulance Access for All Foundation, USA.
- Academic Partners: Stanford Change Labs, Harvard Asia Center and MIT Global Health.
They have a target to launch the service worldwide which will be accessible to everyone, anytime and anywhere by 2020.