Press Release: Scoot Receives Funding from Elemental Excelerator to Expand Technology and Services for Disadvantaged Communities in San Francisco, California
September 26th, 2018
Scoot Networks, the original shared electric mobility provider, announced today that they will receive an investment of up to $750,000 from Elemental Excelerator (EEx), a global infrastructure innovation accelerator, to develop their services for low- to moderate-income (LMI) communities. The investment is being made through the accelerator’s Equity & Access Track, which helps growth-stage startups deliver place-based, community-driven innovation to California’s LMI and disadvantaged communities.
“The Equity & Access Track was designed to support innovative startups with earth-positive technologies, like Scoot, who understand their communities’ needs and help bring solutions to the people and places that need it most,” said Sara Chandler, Policy & Community Manager for EEx.
Last month, Scoot won approval from the SFMTA to launch kick scooters as an addition to their shared electric vehicle fleet in San Francisco. With EEx’s Equity & Access support, Scoot can expand its mission of ‘Electric Vehicles for Everyone’ by providing affordable, fast, and carbon-free transportation for a new area of the city – Bayview Hunters Point. This project will pilot several new innovations in Scoot’s technology to increase accessibility to their mobility services. The funding will be deployed over project milestones in 2019 that include:
- Expanding Scoot’s service territory to include LMI neighborhoods and coupling this with community managers to work in partnership with local organizations.
- Increasing access for new customers by expanding language offerings in addition to the existing English and Spanish options.
- Implementing a new payment strategy that accommodates alternatives to credit cards, which the company has found is a barrier to use for customers who do not use credit cards.
“We are honored to be a part of Elemental Excelerator’s first Equity & Access cohort and to have the opportunity to develop these much-needed technologies and services for our community,” said Bob Walsh, San Francisco General Manager.
Scoot operates shared networks of thousands of electric vehicles, ranging from electric bikes to motor scooters, to electric kick scooters. As cities worldwide search for alternative and sustainable solutions to curb increasing traffic congestion, Scoot offers a convenient, affordable and scalable solution that provides immediate relief.
Scoot operates in San Francisco and Barcelona serving tens of thousands of riders monthly who have logged almost six million electric miles and thereby prevented approximately six million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
Scoot’s app is available for download on iOS and Android phones. The company launched in Barcelona this summer and plans to enter additional cities across Western Europe and the Americas over the next year.
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Elemental Excelerator helps startups change the world, one community at a time. Each year, they find 15-20 companies that best fit their mission and fund each company up to $1 million to improve systems that impact people’s lives: energy, transportation, water, agriculture, and beyond. To date, they have awarded over $30 million to more than 80 companies. For more information, visit elementalexcelerator.com.
Elemental Excelerator’s Equity & Access track is designed for startups with both an innovative technology and growth strategy that increases access to clean technologies for low- to moderate-income communities, starting in California.
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