Toogethr uses algorithms to link colleagues who are on the move with each other and make it easier for them to find parking. The start-up already has tens of thousands of business customers in the Benelux and is a permanent mobility partner of several large employers in The Netherlands. For example, Toogethr recently helped dairy company Danone solve the problem of mobility for its staff following the move of its global headquarters from Schiphol Airport to Hoofddorp, which involved 1800 employees. The new location has 180 parking spaces, whereas the previous location had more than 350 parking spaces. Toogethr provided a solution with ride-sharing, parking and shuttle buses.
Reason enough for Innovation Origins to choose Toogethr as their first start-up of the new year. We had a chat with CEO Joost Bijlsma.
Toogethr stems from a company that was already founded in 2013 by two students who came up with the idea to launch a carpool app. At that time, traffic jams were becoming more and more common and carpooling seemed like a good solution. It wasn’t easy to successfully run a company back then, most likely because the technology wasn’t that advanced yet and the mobile internet was a lot slower. The current management started up 3 ½ years ago and since then we’ve been speeding ahead.
We now have a total of 25,000 users for our ride-sharing platform which 10,000 people use every week. This means that 6000-7000 fewer cars enter rush-hour traffic each week. Our model is license-based, which means that companies take out a subscription for their staff and pay between €1.50 and €2 per month.
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