We have identified three key issues in the rideshare industry: womxn's safety, unequal pay, and a male-dominated industry.
In 2018, there were over 120 sexual assaults reported on Uber and Lyft drivers.
Womxn Uber drivers earn 93% on the dollar as compared to men drivers.
14% of Uber drivers are womxn, 30% of Lyft drivers are womxn, and 12.7% of taxi and chauffeur drivers are womxn.
What is the market size/opportunity?
Womxn and non-binary people all over the world need Go Girl Ride. We have to start somewhere and have chosen our home Portland OR. We are focused on first launching in cities with high reports of human trafficking as we want to provide a safe method of transportation.
What is your company/product about and how does it solve the problem?
We're building an app that connects womxn & non-binary riders with womxn & non-binary drivers. How will we differ from the competition? For starters, we plan to interview our drivers because one background check isn't enough. Our founder Trenelle has been a rideshare driver for three years and receives constant positive feedback on her high level of customer service. Prior to driving for Uber, Trenelle worked as an HR professional. We believe in being genuinely nice and providing great service to our riders.
All rides will come with amenities including water, gum/mints, Android and iPhone charging stations, and a refresh kit for those who may need to freshen up while headed to their destination.
We look forward to donating 10% of all revenue, earned from rides, to local community organizations. We're choosing to lead with people over profits. We're partnering with local organizations in every city where we offer rides.
Why are you seeking funding and how will you spend the funding?
For our first round, Go Girl Ride is seeking $50,000 to help with our start-up cost. The two most expensive pieces of getting Go Girl Ride off the ground are insurance and app development. Many people get discouraged when they do their research and learn that insurance companies won't even consider insuring new rideshare startups until they've raised a minimum of $250,000. Insurance premiums alone start at $75,000 for rideshare companies. The funds raised in our first round will go directly to permit & licensing fees, office space & utilities, office equipment & supplies, advertising, payroll, insurance, and other expenses just to name a few.
Our founder has been invited to pitch Go Girl Ride at the 2019 Fall Pipeline Angel Summit in Philadelphia. This will be the first of many pitches that we intend to make as we raise capital to make Go Girl Ride fully functional.
Most people dream about starting a rideshare company but never execute it once they encounter the numerous obstacles put in place to prevent competition. The obstacles are great, but our belief in providing womxn and non-binary people with a safe rideshare option is greater!
THE GG TEAM
This is just the beginning. We look forward to adding to our team soon!