France’s Ambler raises €1.5 million

French healthcare transport startup Ambler has raised €1.5 million (US$1.7 million) to streamline medical transportation led by Partech, Idinvest Partners and Kima Ventures.

The aging of the population, the development of chronic diseases and outpatient care, are leading to a sharp rise in the cost of patient transport in France, which now stands at €5 billion per year.

Founded last year Ambler allows individuals and healthcare institutions to book private ambulances, medical transportation operators, and approved taxis in order to meet

the growing demand. The platform saves time for health care workers, optimises fleet utilisation, and lets individuals book their medical transportation from the best operators.

“The Ambler team is committed to responding to regulatory change by providing budget leadership, equity and ethics through technology and operational excellence. The stakes are enormous: to create sufficient value so that the budgetary pressure does not result in a drop in the quality of the service to the patient or in a pauperization of the most fragile professionals of the sanitary transport,” said Louis Bô, in charge of investments at Idinvest Partners.

Money raised will enable Ambler to recruit engineers to develop its technology platform, as well as an operational team to improve its network in the field.