Ride-sharing platforms like Uber and Lyft are perfect for traveling from one spot to another, but they require anyone under the age of 18 to always have an adult with them. Some drivers may allows minors in their vehicle regardless, but most parents might not trust their children to jump into a ride-sharing car.
And that’s where Marta Jamrozik comes in. Last June, the Norwalk-based entrepreneur launched VanGo, a ride-share app focused on providing transportation to minors.
“We provide safe rides for preteens and teens with very safe and vetted drivers,” she explained. “Our drivers go through a very rigorous screening process. The driver is background checked (and) driver-record checked. We fingerprint our drivers and send them through vehicle inspection. We talk to at least two references and every one of our drivers has at least two years of experience working with kids. We only accept a very small percentage of the drivers who apply.”
VanGo is the latest business venture for Jamrozik, a former Forbes “30 Under 30” honoree who co-founded Claire, a fashion tech startup that performed A/B testing for brands, in 2016. The inspiration for VanGo was Jamrozik’s mother, who maintained a full-time career while running a household.
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