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SFU partners with carpool app go2gether

February 13, 2014
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Contact:
Alice Park, go2gether, 604.354.8536, alice@go2gether.ca
Donovan Woollard, RADIUS Ventures, 604.720.4223, dwoollard@radiussfu.com
Ross MacDonald-Allan, SFU Beedie, 778.782.9492, rossm@sfu.ca

Simon Fraser University has signed an agreement with automated carpool matching service go2gether. The app will provide the university with a solution to managing long-term parking and infrastructure costs, while providing transportation alternatives to a growing population.

The agreement makes SFU the social venture’s first official customer. It will help students, staff and faculty reduce their carbon footprints, save money, and contribute toward offsetting the university’s need for future investments in transportation.

Users sign up for an account using their SFU email and post details and preferences to receive alerts about available carpools. Before meeting face-to-face, drivers and riders can view other users’ profiles and reviews, ensuring safety and community trust.

The social venture is a client of the Beedie School of Business’ social innovation lab and venture incubator RADIUS. It initially provided services to SFU’s Burnaby, Surrey and downtown Vancouver campuses on a trial basis.

“After a year of piloting our service with SFU, we are really excited about progressing to the next stage with this official service agreement,” said Alice Park, CEO and co-founder of go2gether, and a graduate of the Beedie School of Business.

“Reaching this important milestone serves to validate the service model we have developed, and the support from all those involved at RADIUS has been instrumental in our achievements,” says Park.

The app’s fundraisers have secured financial support from Vancity and are preparing for their first round of fundraising to expand to other universities and large organizations across Canada.

“We have an amazing team at go2gether and a tremendous vision. This agreement will serve to solve a key transportation challenge for SFU,” said Donovan Woollard, Director of RADIUS Ventures. “Their success speaks volumes for the venture development services available at SFU.”

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.

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