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Forbes Features A 24-Year-Old Kenyan Who Is Running A US Firm Worth Ksh 800 million

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Forbes featured a 24-year-old Kenyan who is running a US firm worth KSh 800 million.

Because of his successful endeavour in the United States of America, Forbes nominated Joseph Kitonga to its top 30 under 30 list for 2022. (USA). The 24-year-old was honoured for Vitable Health, a digital platform that aims to give health care coverage to millions of uninsured Americans in the United States.

Forbes praised the Kenyan software developer’s accomplishments, noting that he dropped out of Pennsylvania State University to start his company.

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Forbes stated:

“He dropped out of college to found the platform which gives home health workers and others a primary care-based health insurance plan with virtual and at-home visits with no copays,”

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Kitonga’s parents established a home care service for the elderly in the United States, who are frequently neglected by their families or do not have carers. The software engineer also mentioned that he chose to follow his ambition after finding a gap in the medical insurance market, which he saw as a result of the multiple challenges that health care employees were facing.

Despite the digital platform’s rapid growth, the 24-year-old claimed that the concept for the platform came to him after he competed in an IT competition in 2018 while still a student at a US-based university.

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He stated:

“In fall of 2018, I built the tech product that would enable Vitable, found a lawyer, and applied to Inc.U. I remember going to the taping the next semester, and that was the first week we’d launched.

“We were doing on-demand urgent care, and quickly it shifted to being an urgent care membership service. Members pay a monthly fee and get access to our network of providers,”

Users may arrange and schedule appointments with medical service providers using his website, ensuring that they receive medicine at a time that is convenient for them.

In 2021, his platform piqued the interest of investors, and he got Ksh822,000,000 in capital to help him grow his business. The IT firm, which is valued at Ksh800 million, is expected to develop in the next years, with 19 investors indicating interest. Kitonga is a music fanatic who likes playing the guitar and chess when he is not working as a tech guru.

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