NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BusRight, a provider of safe and efficient school bus technology, today announced it has raised a $7 million Series A funding round led by Las Olas Venture Capital. Additional participating investors include prior round lead Ubiquity Ventures, as well as Underscore VC, Long Journey Ventures, SilverCircle, Automotive Ventures, Alumni Ventures, CreativeCo Capital, and several prominent angel investors. BusRight will use the capital to double its employee headcount, accelerate its product development and expand its customer base among U.S. K-12 education transportation systems. Founding Partner at Las Olas Venture Capital, Mark Volchek, will also join the company’s Board of Directors.
School buses represent the largest mass transit system in the U.S., with an estimated 480,000 buses transporting more than 26 million students daily. In 2018 alone, public spending on student transportation topped nearly $30 billion. However, despite massive spending, school bus drivers are quitting at record rates: A nationwide survey found that 57% of schools are experiencing “considerable” bus driver shortages and in urban districts, that figure rises to 69%.
Amidst persistent driver shortages, increasing route complexities and rising parent demands, BusRight works with:
- K-12 Schools so they can better plan and manage bus routes, streamline their transportation communication and enhance student safety
- Bus Drivers so they can access optimized routes, turn-by-turn navigation and real-time bus tracking
- Parents & Caregivers so they can have peace of mind about where their children are and stay updated on bus schedules
“Our country’s school bus fleet is two and a half times bigger than all other forms of mass transportation combined, yet most directors of transportation still rely on pen and paper to plan and manage their routes,” said Keith Corso, Co-founder and CEO at BusRight. “With traditional navigation designed only for cars and drivers prohibited from using mobile phones, routes must be memorized, which burdens drivers and offers little insight into where students are. We founded BusRight to make the very difficult job of school administrators, student transportation leaders, and drivers a lot more manageable, and provide much-needed clarity on the whereabouts of our most precious cargo: children.”
"As the former CIO of one of the largest school districts in the country, I saw first-hand the inefficiencies our school bus system faces," said Phil Dunn, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer. “BusRight promotes equity, connectedness, and improves the overall experience of schooling. The technology not only improves the operational efficiency of districts, but also instills a sense of confidence in their leadership because parents have visibility into their children's transportation.”
BusRight’s proprietary technology includes routing software, real-time GPS, dynamic driver navigation via military-grade tablets and a bus tracking app for parents. Instead of interfacing with multiple vendors to tackle routing, location and communication, BusRight provides one centralized platform and a personal concierge for every customer, which empowers school administrators to focus less on transportation and more on education.
“Coping with driver shortages has been really challenging, and with dozens of after-school programs, students living at multiple addresses, and families wanting to be more involved with daily pick-ups, routes have become a lot more complicated,” said Shonia Gaston, Director of Transportation at Kimberly School District in Idaho. “BusRight streamlines our operation, allowing me to design and update bus routes on an app - literally with the touch of a button - and instantly communicate with all of my drivers and families.”
BusRight began with an idea that Corso, then a high school senior, brought to Phil Dunn, then the CIO of Greenwich (CT) Public Schools. Corso went on to attend Northeastern University and prior to joining BusRight, Dunn served as the CIO of Broward County (FL) Public Schools, the nation’s sixth largest school district. As CIO, Dunn was responsible for managing the technology for one of the largest school bus fleets in the world. Since its inception, BusRight has experienced rapid growth and customer adoption, including:
- Secured paying customers across 23 states, including Native American reservations such as Navajo Nation in Arizona and military bases in upstate New York
- Grew revenue more than 700% in 2022 alone
- Maintained less than 1.3% in customer churn
- Completed average sales cycle of ~30 days
- Welcomed thousands of parents to the platform
“BusRight is infusing technology to modernize a foundational industry in a safe, methodical manner and their vision will make school administrators and directors of transportation the superheroes they deserve to be,” said Las Olas Venture Capital Founding Partner Mark Volchek. “As a fellow EdTech founder, I’m thrilled to share my experience with Keith and the BusRight team, and help them advance their impressive customer traction and impact even further.”
For more information on BusRight or to request a demo, please visit: https://busright.com/
BusRight partners with educators, families and transportation directors across the U.S. to ensure children get to and from school safely and efficiently. The company’s secure, user-friendly technology includes routing software, real-time GPS, dynamic driver navigation and a mobile bus tracking app. Learn more at https://busright.com/ and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook.