n three days 32 startup pitches were made, TechCrunch Disrupt winner has been declared. Out of the 30 startups and two audience choice winners,the list was narrowed down to six finalists, which include Billguard, ccLoop, [email protected], Getaround, InvoiceASAP, and Sonar.
Getaround was chosen by the judges as the winner of Techrcunch Disrupt 2011. Getaround was a hit with the judges when the startup pitched the idea on Tuesday. Getaround has received seed funding from General Catalyst Partners, Barney Pell and others.
The common problem the founders have seen is that car owners invest huge amounts of time and money into an asset they barely use. Cars are driven only 8% of the time, while potential drivers walk past block after block of underutilized cars. Getaround wants to connect the dots… to help people get around.
Getaround enable car owners to safely rent out their underutilized cars to a community of trusted drivers. People in need of a car can rent one by the hour using the Getaround website or iPhone app.
In addition to a $50,000 grand prize, the company has just been handed the Disrupt Cup, taking over possession from Disrupt San Francisco winner Qwiki.
Audience Choice Winner also went to Getaround and [email protected] received the Microsoft Bing Decision Award.