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Everyday, people commute to work or to university campuses using mass transit. Whether it’s a college or a business campus, reaching the last mile of a commuter’s final destination between transit stops can be daunting. To help alleviate this issue, Verizon is working with Swiftmile to make the last mile of commuting easy by getting commuters on “smart” electric bikes.


Our existing transportation infrastructure is trailing behind the world’s growing population. We’ll need new solutions that enable our society to move towards a sustainable future. As we look to invest in innovations that are tackling challenges in this space, we are thrilled to welcome Swiftmile to the Verizon Ventures portfolio. Their technology looks to transform mobility by leveraging IoT technology and solar energy to reduce carbon footprint, ultimately reinventing the way we commute.


In San Mateo, California, a company named Swiftmile is aiming to bridge solar power’s last mile gap by becoming a premier infrastructure provider for what Swiftmile calls the “Personal Electric Transporter” market, or PET for short.




Swiftmile Solar Charging Station Photo Bombs Lester Holt on NBC Night News


Solving the First and Last Mile Problem with Solar Power

SwiftMile is using solar power to help solve the problem so many commuters face -- getting to and from transit stations without a car.

Posted by HuffPost Science & Tech on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

San Mateo-based Swiftmile manufactures solar-powered electric bike-sharing and charging stations. President and CEO Colin Roche said using e-bikes instead of conventional bikes gives his company an advantage for solving the "last mile" problem of getting commuters from transit stations to their work.


[On December 14, 2015,] the Valley Transportation Authority held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a small demo pilot program with two Swiftmile stations for use at their north San Jose headquarters. The VTA program is the first pilot program for Swiftmile.


Three 2015 Powerful Answers Award $1 million winners to be revealed on December 9 at award event in San Francisco

This past April, over 1,400 entrepreneurs set out on a journey with hopes of taking a big step towards making their world-changing ideas a reality by entering the 2015 Powerful Answers Award contest.

Today, twelve winning entrepreneurs have been announced and have received invitations to attend the awards presentation for the 2015 Powerful Answers Award hosted by The Talking Dead's Chris Hardwick on December 9 in San Francisco, CA. Three $1 million winners will be announced at the event. A live stream of the award presentation will be available on AOL.com and The Huffington Post. Live stream details will follow shortly.


Over 1,400 startups from around the world entered 2015 Powerful Answers Award competition

NEW YORK – Big ideas can come from anywhere. That belief is at the core of Verizon's Powerful Answers Award competition, and it has never held truer as over 1,400 startups and entrepreneurs from over 70 countries entered submissions in this year's contest.

Today, the company announced 36 Powerful Answers Award finalists in three technology categories — Emergency Response, Transportation, and Internet of Things — which have been selected to move on to the Powerful Answers Award Final Round. There are 12 finalists in each of the three categories and a top prize of $1 million is up for grabs in each category. One first runner-up and two second runner-ups in each category will receive $500,000 and $250,000 prizes respectively for a total of $6 million awarded by Verizon. Final presentations and judging will take place on September 29 and 30 at Verizon's San Francisco Innovation Center and its Santa Clara Development Center.


VERGE Accelerate announces 13 finalists for fast-pitch competition

Colin Roche presenting the Swiftmile vision at Verge 2015

GreenBiz Group has selected 13 startups that will compete in VERGE Accelerate, a program hosted by VERGE 2015 that assembles a lineup of innovative early-stage companies operating at the intersection of technology and sustainability. This year's contestants will join an elite group of more than two dozen companies that have premiered products, services, or technologies at VERGE and subsequently found market traction and acclaim. The finalists were selected from a diverse pool of applicants representing innovations and disruptions in area such as urban mobility, food production, or energy management. The 13 finalist companies are: Swiftmile, FreeWire Technologies, Kakaxi, TransitScreen, EiP Technologies, Inc., Ibis Networks, Rogue Rovers, Voyage Control, FarmX, Foodful.ly, 10Power, and Flow Labs.


Colin Roche and Irish president Michael Higgins talk shop