San Diego – San Diego-based rideshare startup Bounce has won the Big Idea Pitch competition, Excelerate America, the award’s sponsor, announced this week.
Out of the many startups that participated, Bounce made it to the top five and beat the four other finalists from around the U.S. to capture this year’s award, said Excelerate America, which provides resources, connections and education for small business.
“We had some great entries, but the Bounce community really showed up and carried them on to victory. It was amazing to see the response for this innovative enterprise.” said Roy Lamphier, founder and CEO of Excelerate America.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to win this award,” said Mark Potter, founder and CEO of Bounce. Bounce’s staff and drivers worked hard to make this possible. Thanks to to all of Bounce’s customers who believe in Bounce’s mission and were so supportive on social media. Giving our drivers the opportunity to earn significant ownership in the company is the right thing to do morally and because it is good business.
The competition carries a $3,000 prize and recognition of innovative features.
Bounce is better known for emphasis on safety. Safety is number one priority at Bounce. The company broke with its competition when it called for legislation requiring all rideshare drivers to undergo fingerprint background checks performed by the Department of Justice. Bounce has a first-of-its-kind “Panic Button” on its app and numerous other policies and procedures all designed to provide the safest environment for its riders and drivers.
Bounce is a new rideshare company currently operating only in San Diego County and has had early success. The company is already the official rideshare partner for the premier entertainment venue in San Diego, Valley View Casino Center, where Pink and Elton John will be performing this year.
“Safety is and always be the number one priority at Bounce. And we are happy we won this competition for our business model of driver ownership. Our fair treatment of drivers will cause us to have less driver turnover which will help us to provide a safer experience for customers and save a lot of money. We get more experienced drivers who have a long-term vision, who know how to provide a comfortable and safe ride to our customers,” Potter said.
For customers, Bounce offers exact pickup times and the ability to select a favorite driver for scheduled rides. It provides personal customer service via text, email, phone and social media–and its prices are lower than those of other rideshare companies. Having owner-drivers is important to Bounce’s mission to be the most preferred rideshare company for drivers and customers. Drivers who are being treated fair will in turn go the extra mile to provide the best experience for the customer.
Bounce currently serves the San Diego County but has plans to expand nationwide and beyond. Interested drivers can learn more at www.joinbounce.com and riders can sign up with its free IPhone and Android app, Bounce Rider.
The Bounce rider app can be downloaded from the website.
Bounce is a ride-share company headquartered in San Diego. Bounce empowers drivers with ownership opportunities. Bounce has budgeted for its drivers and staff to earn 50% of the founding shares in the company. The company seeks a true partnership with its owner-drivers and believes that offering better opportunities ignites a passion in drivers to provide superior ride experiences to customers. Bounce is also evolving as an exclusive-event rideshare specialist in San Diego. With offerings such as ‘Xpress Boarding’ at events, designed to give riders the fastest and easiest exit from events, Bounce is uniquely positioned to bring welcome change to rideshare experiences. On regular rides too, Bounce has a very attractive pricing proposition – Bounce rides are way less expensive than other rideshare services. The company provides personal customer service via text, email, phone and social media. In a nutshell, Bounce is on a mission to provide the best prices, the best service, the best features — delivered by the happiest drivers. In fact, the company’s slogan is: “Owner-Drivers, Happy-Riders.”
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