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Sociali is a ride sharing app and platform.  It can be instantly used by any community of people, such as schools, businesses, senior centers,  kids activity centers, companies and day cares. It is for everyone (kids, college students, adults, seniors, disabled, professionals).

Key features of the app and platform:

  • Allows ride sharing with better utilization of existing vehicles

Sociali provides an easy,  alternate transportation option for multiple types of vehicles (car, bus, van, etc). It allows using the existing idle vehicles of the community for shared transportation, thereby reducing the size of fleets needed for school and event transport.

  • Built on Safety & Trust. 

1. Community driven (Trusted Friends as Drivers) - Members of the community, people you know and trust can use the platform to provide ride sharing services. This also increases community engagement and builds a stronger community.

2. Real time ride tracking - Sociali allows parents/loved ones to see where the kids or seniors are during the ride for additional safety

3. Customizable control over who your ride request goes to - ride share only with people you are comfortable with.

4. Peace of mind for parents - Reduce family stress around transportation needs. Transporting kids is one of the most stressful things for busy parents. We want to make families happier.

  • Deliver Economic benefits to the community

Sociali is free and will enable :

1. Earn gift cards: Members to request and offer rides, from the community. We use Points (“Karma Points”) to keep score of rides. Giving rides earns Points, taking rides uses Points. We let users convert excess Points to real world gift cards, to incentivize people to offer rides.This is beneficial to the individuals and supports the community. Help and get helped, it is good Karma!

2. New Income opportunity for the community - idle assets (cars, trucks) of the community can be put to use to generate income. Stay at home moms and other part time workers can generate new income.

3. Low carbon footprint (Green) - reduce the number of cars and reduce traffic congestion.

  • Scalable

Sociali can be used by any community instantly. For businesses it can be deployed within hours in any city in the world.

Sociali can be integrated with the IndyGo service to complement the service, and provide a seamless 'last mile' transport from the bus stop to home and home to bus stop. It can also fill in the gaps in the bus service routes.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Our platform is built to support multiple types of users, businesses , schools and other organizations. 1. Business can use our platform to offer a carpool solution to their customers, immediately. 2. Any individual or parent can use our app to quickly create a local carpool group among friends or people they trust, and start carpooling to events and activities such as soccer games, birthday parties etc. 3. Companies can use our platform to offer a carpool solution for their employees. Employees can signup and carpool for free to work. 4. Businesses that provide transport services for seniors, special needs people, kids, or others, can use our platform to make their service more efficient, timely, green and increase safety via real time tracking. 5. School can use our platform to easily track the school bus/vans services and also enable parents to carpool to reduce the pickup/dropoff congestion and hassles.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario
  • Ready to Scale - you have completed and expanded your pilot and are seeing adoption of your solution by your intended user

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

We partnered with local businesses and communities and continue to expand in the local area. Parents love that they can quickly connect with others in the community and are able to ride with people they trust. Users like that they can create instant carpools with friends and love the ability to track rides in real time. Businesses appreciate that they can create secure and private carpools for their customers. We need to create awareness through co-marketing efforts across multiple channels.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

We are 3 parents, who are the co-founders of the company We have a USA based and an offshore team for rapid development and tech support. We have kids ages 5-17 and through our app created comfortable journeys for families. We built a platform that is free to use, safe and secure, and can be launched instantly anywhere in minutes. It is built on Trust and driven by the community. We have the business and technical expertise to scale rapidly and add new capabilities to the platform.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $50,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

Our solution is already in pilot phase, and available on app stores (iOS and Android). We are in the process of enhancing the user experience and adding new features. We plan to use the funds to add custom features, incorporate payments, and support local integration as needed. $20K for solution enhancements and customization. $20K for marketing and business development $10K for initial infrastructure and operating costs

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

We plan to reach out to the local city council, communities, schools and businesses (“Sociali Partners”) to start using the platform as below. Sociali Partners can start in 3 steps: Create a custom carpool group for their customers. Inform Users to download the app, sign up and create/join the groups. Users can start carpooling by offering and requesting rides. It’s that simple. No integration is needed. We have already created the marketing materials and informational fliers that can be distributed immediately by the Partners. In addition to Partners, we can help schools with our platform in 2 ways. 1. Parents/service providers who pick and drop students can create groups instantly and start carpooling. 2. We can enable existing school bus and van pools services to use the platform to allow real time tracking of the bus/vans. This will allow students and parents to better coordinate pickups and stay warm in winter.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

We can measure the success of our pilot in the following ways: 1. Key Metrics: Number of users on the platform, # of Partners (businesses, communities, schools etc), # of carpools created, # of rides requested and offered, # of car trips or miles reduced, 2. Net promoter score (NPS): reviews from the community to help understand NPS

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

The app is free to use. We use Points (“Karma Points”) to keep score of rides. Giving rides earns Points, taking rides uses Points. We let users convert excess Points to real world gift cards, to incentivize people to offer rides. A user short on points can purchase them from Sociali. We will take a cut of the Points to sustain our operating costs. We will collect data and usage information for improving the service, making relevant offers (Ads) and informing future deployments/scaling.

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Photo of Peeyoosh Agrawal

Good initiative. Love the concept.