ShuttleBee

Join the magical world where your children can safely get places without you.

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Project Description

 

ShuttleBee-3667

Safe transportation for kids -- solutions for families, schools and organizations

Families, schools and organizations all have the need to transport children.  How many schools have empty seats on their vehicles, or routes that are longer than an hour? ShuttleBee merges the needs of families, schools and organizations to create shorter more cost effective transportation options for smaller groups who may not otherwise have viable, legal and fully-insured solutions.  

ShuttleBee provides best-in-class service by filling in the technology gap, utilizing existing solutions and building new ones to create a seamless transportation experience.

Parents, schools and organizations enroll with ShuttleBee.  Our goal is to carefully manage our growth and prioritize safety and cost.  Until we can build technology to support safety, we're manually controlling and auditing each and every step in the process -- from excel spreadsheets to texts and phone calls to confirm attendance.  Until the tech can catch up, we're turning customers away.  

The current journey begins with an inquiry form, asking where a child is routinely heading and when. We'll coordinate that inquiry with others, merging pickups and drop offs for small groups (between 9-14 students or less over a 1.5 hour circuit).

Once a route is offered, families sign a contract for the school year. We work to acquire a vehicle, hire and train our drivers.

Drivers first undergo a test with Diagnostic Driving, an PA-based entity that is currently administering driving tests in Ohio. Drivers continue the vetting and training process, which is outlined here: http://shuttlebee.net/faq-1 

Families are on-boarded using our existing tech for GPS tracking, and soon our in-vehicle monitoring and proprietary attendance-tracking tool. ShuttleBee manages active dispatching, viewing pictures to ensure that boosters are used correctly, for example.

Each piece of supporting tech will increase our ability to take on more work.  And that journey starts now. 

We're building our first technology suite to address safety concerns.  It might not be the first issue that comes to mind, but it's a huge pain point that impacts all teachers on a daily basis -- attendance!  We need an effective way for parents to report in daily attendance, and for teachers to confirm or reach out quickly and easily, without keeping their eye off the children.  Our teachers need to be confident that they have the students that they should -- always. Find out more @ shuttlebee.net/beekeeper

 

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The Project FAQs

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Can you talk about security?  Our team is obsessed with security and are implementing thoughtful features -- photo images are not stored on the photo-takers phone, and BeeKeeper exceeds all security measures outlined by COPPA, the regulatory body that manages security for kids.

What if the photo of my child isn't up to date?  We've incorporated a work-around for manual check-ins.  This add time to the process -- which is a challenge with caregivers and teachers need to take attendance FAST, but we have included this step to accomidate.

Who will use the app?  We're asking parents to purchase the app because we know teachers, school districts and city/municipal-subsidized aftercare programs don't have the budget for extras.  For a small annual fee, parents can use the app to manage key contact information, and will receive notifications about their child's whereabouts when they move from place to place.  Teachers and caretakers use the BeeKeeper app for free.

What about attendance?  This is a pain-point for caregivers -- especially after-school providers -- who are responsible for managing the attendance for tens if not hundreds of children.  Our first version will allow parents to mark their child absent for 24 hours, which means that teachers aren't calling parents to verify kid's unexpected absences.

 

07/18/2018
BeeKeeper Attendance App License for your family
$100
07/15/2018
ShuttleBee Annual Enrollment
$199
07/11/2018
ShuttleBee Annual Enrollment
$199
07/06/2018
ShuttleBee Annual Enrollment
$199
07/06/2018
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$1,000
07/06/2018
ShuttleBee Annual Enrollment
$199
07/06/2018
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$399
07/05/2018
Summer Shuttle 2019-2020
$150
06/29/2018
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$25
06/22/2018
ShuttleBee Philly Coloring Book + ShuttleBee Attendance App License for up to three children in your family
$199
Monetary Contribution With No Reward

Just Because I Care

6 Supporters
Contribute
$150
Summer Shuttle 2019-2020

Leave your car seats and boosters behind, and welcome to Summer Shuttle!  We'll offer Shuttle service on Weekdays from June 15th until the day pools close for the season, to be published.

Offering 15 Priority spots at $150 -- which includes one daily service request per day that we will honor, which we'll collect and confirm by the end of the summer.  

Right now we have a request for St. Peter's camp end of day pickup, and drop off to Martial Arts in Center City at 5PM.

Act now before they're sold!

Think of this as a shuttle-share: we'll book enough families to cover the cost, and then work with those families to organize consistant routes.  I expect that we'll have consistant daily stops with signups each day to get door to door. 

Since we'll be sharing the availability, non-priority members will be asked to work together to design a service that works for all.

Shuttle will run from Noon to 5PM on weekdays in the Center City and surrounding areas, trips are limited to 20 minutes.  Additional shuttles may be offered after our test launch.

Some on-demand servie will be available, though our wait times may be longer than rideshare services.  Service can also be scheduled in advance.  Perfect for heading to pools, museum, splash pads, grocery stores.

Terms will be added, and customers will be required to sign a contract with ShuttleBee, similar to what you can view here.

Coverage Area: Center City, South Philly, Graduate Hospital, Northern Liberties

Service is discounted through this offer and seats will limited!  Help us plan to meet your families need and sign up today!

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$199
ShuttleBee Annual Enrollment

Thank you, subscribers, for submitting your annual enrollment fee through our ifundwomen campaign. 

If we're fully funded by July 15th, we'll have an opportunity to pitch to Mayor Kenney!

I'm afraid this offer only applies to our current subscribers.  If you'd like to enroll, please reach out -- shuttlebee.net/reach-out

4 Supporters
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$75
Temporary Tattoo and Sticker Pack + ShuttleBee Attendance App License for up to three children in your family

Looking for an activity to keep your bee busy? This pack of ShuttleBee-inspired Temporary Tattoos and Stickers will keep your bee engaged for 4-5 minutes! Includes App license for up to three in your family.

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$100
ShuttleBee Philly Coloring Book + ShuttleBee Attendance App License for up to three children in your family

In addition to the app license for up to three in your family, enjoy our custom coloring book featuring some of Philly’s most amazing small businesses, illustrated by some of our most gifted artists. This coloring book comes perfect-bound and is a unique Philly keepsake.

2 Supporters
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$299
Attendance and Communication App for Schools and Organizations

Early-bird discount! On-board organizations of up to 200 children with the BeeKeeper Attendance App. Receive updates from parents when children are to be marked absent -- updates that automatically update your attendance list.  Reconcile attendance, even use photos to confirm attendance, identify missing students.  (Parents can opt-out of facial recognition). Use a one-touch method to alert guardians to request a single response or communicate with the entire group-- including emergency responses. 

Fully compliant with security practices that govern information protection for kids.  Find out more at shuttlebee.net/beekeeper

License covers one school year.

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$1,000
20 Hours of support to develop your Marketing Plan

I've heard that the difference between a small business and a startup is that the startup requires exactly one miracle to be successful. You can't get enough help or support, and I'm happy to help you on your journey. If you're new to or considering the leap to launch your own small business or startup, I'm happy to share all of my mistakes, and focus on making your idea come to life. Philadelphia-based sessions will be in person, but all others will likely be remote.

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$15
Downloadable SDP Calendar

You know you want this! 2018/2019 academic calendar, downloadable to the electronic calendars of your choice! (Represents the published calendar and may not be school-specific)

0 Supporters
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$15,000
Bring ShuttleBee to you! Sponsor a Small Business Owner for transportation your family needs.

Your generous support will go directly towards vehicle procurement, and will support a vehicle purchase for a vetted and trained owner/operator who will operate your child's route. Subject to state and local legislation, and our ability to meet our minimum enrollment levels. Your donation will be returned if we cannot offer you transportation. Included is daily service for 180-days, one-way transportation for your child on a routine schedule. Transportation support is expected to begin 2019-2020, or earlier if possible.

0 Supporters
Select this reward

Rewards

Monetary Contribution With No Reward

Just Because I Care

6 Supporters
Contribute
$150
Summer Shuttle 2019-2020

Leave your car seats and boosters behind, and welcome to Summer Shuttle!  We'll offer Shuttle service on Weekdays from June 15th until the day pools close for the season, to be published.

Offering 15 Priority spots at $150 -- which includes one daily service request per day that we will honor, which we'll collect and confirm by the end of the summer.  

Right now we have a request for St. Peter's camp end of day pickup, and drop off to Martial Arts in Center City at 5PM.

Act now before they're sold!

Think of this as a shuttle-share: we'll book enough families to cover the cost, and then work with those families to organize consistant routes.  I expect that we'll have consistant daily stops with signups each day to get door to door. 

Since we'll be sharing the availability, non-priority members will be asked to work together to design a service that works for all.

Shuttle will run from Noon to 5PM on weekdays in the Center City and surrounding areas, trips are limited to 20 minutes.  Additional shuttles may be offered after our test launch.

Some on-demand servie will be available, though our wait times may be longer than rideshare services.  Service can also be scheduled in advance.  Perfect for heading to pools, museum, splash pads, grocery stores.

Terms will be added, and customers will be required to sign a contract with ShuttleBee, similar to what you can view here.

Coverage Area: Center City, South Philly, Graduate Hospital, Northern Liberties

Service is discounted through this offer and seats will limited!  Help us plan to meet your families need and sign up today!

14 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$199
ShuttleBee Annual Enrollment

Thank you, subscribers, for submitting your annual enrollment fee through our ifundwomen campaign. 

If we're fully funded by July 15th, we'll have an opportunity to pitch to Mayor Kenney!

I'm afraid this offer only applies to our current subscribers.  If you'd like to enroll, please reach out -- shuttlebee.net/reach-out

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
Temporary Tattoo and Sticker Pack + ShuttleBee Attendance App License for up to three children in your family

Looking for an activity to keep your bee busy? This pack of ShuttleBee-inspired Temporary Tattoos and Stickers will keep your bee engaged for 4-5 minutes! Includes App license for up to three in your family.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
ShuttleBee Philly Coloring Book + ShuttleBee Attendance App License for up to three children in your family

In addition to the app license for up to three in your family, enjoy our custom coloring book featuring some of Philly’s most amazing small businesses, illustrated by some of our most gifted artists. This coloring book comes perfect-bound and is a unique Philly keepsake.

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$299
Attendance and Communication App for Schools and Organizations

Early-bird discount! On-board organizations of up to 200 children with the BeeKeeper Attendance App. Receive updates from parents when children are to be marked absent -- updates that automatically update your attendance list.  Reconcile attendance, even use photos to confirm attendance, identify missing students.  (Parents can opt-out of facial recognition). Use a one-touch method to alert guardians to request a single response or communicate with the entire group-- including emergency responses. 

Fully compliant with security practices that govern information protection for kids.  Find out more at shuttlebee.net/beekeeper

License covers one school year.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
20 Hours of support to develop your Marketing Plan

I've heard that the difference between a small business and a startup is that the startup requires exactly one miracle to be successful. You can't get enough help or support, and I'm happy to help you on your journey. If you're new to or considering the leap to launch your own small business or startup, I'm happy to share all of my mistakes, and focus on making your idea come to life. Philadelphia-based sessions will be in person, but all others will likely be remote.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$15
Downloadable SDP Calendar

You know you want this! 2018/2019 academic calendar, downloadable to the electronic calendars of your choice! (Represents the published calendar and may not be school-specific)

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$15,000
Bring ShuttleBee to you! Sponsor a Small Business Owner for transportation your family needs.

Your generous support will go directly towards vehicle procurement, and will support a vehicle purchase for a vetted and trained owner/operator who will operate your child's route. Subject to state and local legislation, and our ability to meet our minimum enrollment levels. Your donation will be returned if we cannot offer you transportation. Included is daily service for 180-days, one-way transportation for your child on a routine schedule. Transportation support is expected to begin 2019-2020, or earlier if possible.

0 Supporters
Select this reward