- Urban mobility startup WhereIsMyTransport has announced plans to map 30 of the world's largest cities by 2023.
- The firm collects local transport data and partners with local authorities to make thousands of routes in developing nations more standardized and accessible.
- WhereIsMyTransport recently won $7.5 million of investment in a funding round backed by Google and Toyota Tsusho.
- Business Insider got an exclusive look at the pitch deck WhereIsMyTransport used to bring investors on board.
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WhereIsMyTransport, the London-based urban mobility startup, has just announced plans to map 30 of the world's largest cities by 2023.
The startup collects local transport data in developing nations where public transport varies from unreliable to non-existent. Many people in these areas depend on private taxi services or friends and relatives to get around — WhereIsMyTransport works with both local authorities and enterprises to standardize and map local transport routes, making them more accessible.
Most recently, WhereIsMyTransport mapped, and now maintains datasets for, public transport networks in Mexico City, Dhaka, and the province of Gauteng in South Africa.
These metro areas have a combined population of more than 55 million. The company will collect public transport data in the remaining 27 cities, of which 19 are megacities with populations of more than 10 million.
Impressed with the team's decade-in-the-making endeavor, venture partners at both Google and Toytoa Tsusho Corporation approached WhereIsMyTransport last year, and ultimately contributed to the firm's $7.5 million Series A funding round.
In a recent interview with Business Insider, founder Devin de Vries explained what it was like to have such big name investors on board: "I mean, obviously it feels different, right? There's this sense that the stakes are shifted in some way.
"But at the same time, I also firmly believe in sticking to your knitting. So whether it's a massive company like Google or a much smaller company, we know what we do: We know our value proposition, and we know where we can really make a difference.
"At the end of the day, it comes down an alignment of vision, and we were lucky to find that with both Google and Toyota Tsusho Corporation."
Business Insider got an exclusive look at the pitch deck WhereIsMyTransport used to bring investors on board. Check it out below:
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