What is Urban Drive about?
Urban Drive, a premium self-drive Car & Bike rental service company, aims to change the way the young India travels. Metropolitan cities in India are witnessing a surge in young, urban population, looking for swift and reliable modes of transport to complement their fast-paced lifestyles. If you love to drive, but are yet to own one, Urban Drive’s self-drive Car & Bike rental services are for you! Our self-drive Car & Bike services enable you to take control of the wheels and create memorable stories on road. We provide an easy way to embark on any journey, while having complete control, privacy and freedom. Urban Drive has been specially formulated for the Generation X & Y - the energetic and adventurous young generation ever willing to try out new and interesting modes of travel. The company provides an opportunity to try out different cars & Bikes - even aspirational one’s without having to own one yourself is something that should motivate you to try Urban Drive.
What inspired you to build the above initiative?
Entrepreneurship is always in my blood which helped to me take this new initiative in the established organization. Starting a new business in the established organization is challenging and executing it successfully is where rubber meets the road.
What was the challenging part?
Startup in a organized setup is difficult to start. The most challenging part for me was to set a culture of startup in team. When you set a culture in your team with right vision, then you are done with almost 90% of the work. A motivated and right person will always give more than what is expected from him.
How you think your initiative could change the society/industry.*
Self Drive Bike is mostly unorganized in India. We want to solve the customer pain point in finding the right model of bike in any city which will help them to get good quality service across any cities in India. We do all quality checks before on boarding any vendor which eventually help us to serve our customer in a better way compare to our competitor.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the initiative till now.*
We don’t want to go for any round of funding in the initial phase as the parent company Eco Rent a car take cares of all initial fund require for the setup, technology and scaled to first milestone. Once we achieve our first milestone in revenue, then we will decide on the amount we need to raise to scale business to next level. We have been approached by some of the VC’s in the past which show about their confidence in this venture.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
We have plan to add more products under Urban Drive which can solve the travel need of the middle income group of India.