For the past few weeks, all newspapers and TV stations in Poland have been focusing on one topic: smog. What we are breathing in and how our health deteriorates has become the chief concern of the vast majority of the urban population. In the midst of the public dispute, a small startup JedenSlad makes its contribution to the fight with air pollution, launching Poland’s first electric scooter sharing system.
The idea of such a system arose naturally, as all founders of JedenSlad cope with everyday commuting. Driving a car in a large city is stressful, time-consuming and expensive – except for the gas and parking fees, a car owner needs to cover insurance and maintenance costs. Public transport, while more affordable, is far less convenient. According to a research conducted by this startup, using a scooter saves 30% more time than driving a car and 60-70% more time than using public transport for commuting.
JedenSlad will cover all the initial costs of buying and maintaining the electric scooters. Users are charged for the time of using a scooter – they don’t have to cover any parking fees. Scooters can be left practically everywhere within the city bounds for next users to rent. The accompanying app will show where scooters are located and will allow for immediate reservation of the available ones.
Currently JedenSlad is at the pre-evaluation stage. The team runs last tests of both software and hardware and plans to launch their service in the spring 2017. They already started building a user base – as for now, they have found a few thousand people who are interested in this service and are eagerly awaiting its launch. They are also posting updates of their development stage on the Facebook fanpage, often asking potential users about their opinions and expectations. The newest update revealed the scooter type – Torrot Muvi motor scooter that is efficient and easy-to-drive.
The company has four founders, all with profound experience. Łukasz Banach, the CEO, has gained experience in project management in companies such as GoldenLine and Codility. The project is self-funded for the moment, but the team is involved in negotiations with several potential investors.