HopSkipDrive raises another $7.4 million for its Uber for kids business
Uber and Lyft have made it simpler to get round city, however the service isn’t designed for younger individuals. Unaccompanied passengers underneath the age of 18 are forbidden from ordering vehicles.
So how are youngsters speculated to go from one exercise to the subsequent when their dad and mom are busy? Nicely, there’s carpools or nannies, however a ridesharing startup referred to as HopSkipDrive is combining these ideas by hiring drivers that double as caregivers.
It’s been working in LA for the previous three years and likewise operates in Orange County and the San Francisco Bay Space. Now the enterprise is saying it’s $7.four million in further funding to gas its objectives. That is on high of the $14.1 million previously raised.
The newest financing comes from Scholar Transportation Inc., which can even be partnering with HopSkipDrive for varsity bus options. The spherical additionally contains participation from current traders Upfront Ventures and FirstMark Capital.
Greg Bettinelli, a associate at Upfront Ventures and board member at HopSkipDrive mentioned that “by teaming up with school systems they’re not only unlocking massive growth opportunity for the business, they also have potential to help tens of thousands of parents.”
HopSkipDrive will even be working with the Los Angeles Workplace of Schooling to make sure that foster youngsters are capable of get rides to highschool.
Common customers can order rides for only one passenger. Or HopSkipDrive has additionally been rising its carpooling enterprise, which provides discounted fares.
CEO Joanna McFarland mentioned that she’s particularly happy with the screening strategy of its drivers. “We do far more than most families do to vet a nanny or a babysitter,” she mentioned. “We really set ourselves apart with our dedication to safety.”
She touted a 15-point certification course of which she believes is the “strictest in the industry.” Drivers aren’t solely topic to background checks however are additionally required to have 5 years of childcare expertise. The drivers are 99% feminine and above the age of 23. They will additionally double as caregivers after the trip, for an added charge.
However HopSkipDrive isn’t the one enterprise to see alternative within the baby ridesharing enterprise. Competitor Zūm recently raised money from Sequoia. After which there’s Shuddle, which shut down after running into financial difficulties.
We received a video tour of the startup last year.