Start-up SKOOT secures funding of £3.1m


SKOOT, the mobility app for friends, has over raised in its latest funding round with an additional £1.5m secured, bringing the total investment to date of £3.1m since the beginning of 2020.

SKOOT was founded in 2019 to provide an alternative to single-person car journeys and public transport and is the first carbon-negative lift-sharing app.

The app connects friends who drive, with friends who need a lift. In addition to reducing cars on the road, SKOOT also offsets all carbon from journeys made through the app by planting trees.

In December 2020, SKOOT launched Errands to support those who need help from friends and neighbours due to self-isolation or vulnerability, and SKOOT has seen 125% user growth in the past 30 days.

Greg Gormley, CEO of SKOOT commented: “What resonates with investors is not just the initial premise of the business and how it can appeal to all demographics, but also our ability to refocus during the pandemic. From the fact we are the first carbon-negative lift-sharing app to identifying the need for Errands to getting it up and running so quickly, is why we have been so successful in our funding.

“Societal mobility is an issue that needs addressing. Whether in rural locations where public transport routes are being scaled back or in towns and cities where parking is limited. By connecting friends in a safe and carbon-negative way is helping to solve this issue.”

SKOOT is currently working with sporting clubs and venues in order to facilitate connections in these communities. By connecting fans who drive with fans who play or watch sport, clubs and venues could see an increase in attendance, in addition to reducing the carbon emissions of its community.

With the funding, SKOOT will continue with this roadmap and also plans to expand into Europe, North America, Canada and Australia.