25 de Marzo 2020
Startup offers free English classes for schools in Bogota during the Coronavirus lockdown
In a continuation of our initiative to draw attention to startups that are offering useful services to the residents of Bogota and Colombia, here we provide details of five new platforms focused on transport, education, food and exercise.
Bogota, the capital of entrepreneurship and innovation, is continuing to seek out startups and new business that are making the lives of millions of people easier amid the emergency posed by the Coronavirus outbreak.
Over 20 startups have sent their videos to Invest in Bogota via social networks, demonstrating how they are making a contribution to the city and the rest of the country through their businesses. These are our 5 examples worth highlighting:
This English learning platform offers its services across the whole of Latin America through technology, content and immersive experiences. Amid the current situation, the company’s contribution has been to open its courses for use by any public school in Bogota.
“Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, students and teachers will have free access to our platform. English teachers only need to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of their school and the number of students that require access to the platform”, explains Sandra Franco, the CEO of iDo Learning.
This online medical advice platform enables anyone to chat with a doctor from their cell phone at any time, by downloading an application or accessing a website. “In this climate of crisis and emergency, the important thing is being able to consult a doctor and not visiting an emergency room or doctor’s office unless strictly necessary,” emphasizes Javier Cardona, the co-founder of 1DOC3.
In the midst of the Coronavirus emergency, the platform has developed a virtual space with a “symptom-checking assistant” and relevant information for those who want to know more about the virus.
During the Coronavirus lockdown and in support of the measures encouraging Colombians to stay at home, this home exercise platform is offering free access to its Instafit Ejercicio en Casa and Instafit Gym platforms, which provide access to close to 1000 exercise routines.
Natalia Amaya, the company’s co-founder and business development director, explains that “every routine is designed so that users can live the experience of having a personal trainer beside them and be able to choose from short, effective workouts of between 4 and 40 minutes.”
This logistics-focused digital startup that distributes products through a delivery model is offering its services to Bogota businesses in order to maintain supplies in the city in the context of COVID-19.
“At this time we want to make all our tools completely available, firstly to those basic necessity businesses that need to maintain an active supply process to households, and secondly, to those people that are in a situation to contribute to the supply logistics process and want to work under an independent business model”, explains Pablo Andrés Arias, a Rydder team member.
This startup works with a range of online restaurant brands that offer home delivery. In the current situation, Foodology has put numerous health measures in place, such as hand washing every half an hour, acrylic masks for all restaurant staff and security tape on all orders, which shows whether anyone apart from the kitchen staff has handled the order.
“Against this backdrop, we want to offer Bogota residents the chance to have high-quality food delivered to the comfort of their homes. I ask our loyal and new customers to trust us and continue to support Colombian entrepreneurs, so that we can all overcome this situation together,” says Daniela Izquierdo, the co-founder of Foodology.