Company founded: February 2008
Travelling platform that finds and ranks the best possible travel routes and helps with booking.
routeRANK provides a software solution for travel planning. Unlike other solutions that consider only one means of transport at a time, routeRANK addresses the entire travel route by integrating rail, road and air connections. In a single search, routeRANK's patent-pending technology finds and ranks the best possible travel routes, allowing users to sort them according to their priorities such as price, travel time and CO2 emissions.
In the Master thesis “How much time, money and CO2 emissions could routeRANK save a typical travel planner?” the Statistical Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, finds that 'a typical user could stand to save around 35% when using routeRANK as well as around 2½ hours in research time, in addition to contributing to the environment.
Custom developed versions of the proprietary software are offered to corporate customers and organizations, for their internal use or use on their own website, in both travel and logistics. For example, the Travel Helper developed for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the integration with Nokia’s Green Explorer and the internal version contracted by the Swiss Government. Clients also include leading travel management companies and the World Economic Forum. Alternatively, corporate customers can easily sign up for the Standard Professional version. Website owners benefit from the routeRANK widget.
Another version illustrating the software is also publicly available on routeRANK's website. Although here the focus is on European travel, airports and flight connections worldwide and road connections in North America are also integrated. For an example, click here for the website with search parameters preset for the trip from Lausanne to Cambridge: http://www.routerank.com/en/search/lausanne_switzerland/cambridge_united+kingdom/
Having won the Swiss National Venture Leaders and Venture Kick competitions, routeRANK was the laureate of the 2008 KPMG Tomorrow's Market Award. It was nominated for the Red Herring 100, the TechCrunch Europas Awards as well as the Microsoft ICT Award 2009, and won bronze in the Best of Swiss Web Awards 2010. More recently, it received the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award and was named a TR35 by MIT’s Technology Review.
The WWF has approved routeRANK's CO2 methodology, and Dr Klaus Toepfer, former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), endorses routeRANK as 'a system [that] will make informed travel choices possible which are not only cost- and time-efficient but also benefit the environment'.
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Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award 2012 Winner
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- TOP 100 Swiss Startups 2012
- TOP 100 Swiss Startups 2011
- «venture leaders» 2007
- venture kick (130'000) 2007
- Zurich Climate Prize 2013
- MIT TR35 2010
- Best of Swiss Web Innovation 2010
- Red Herring Global Finalist 2009
- ACES Awards Europe 2009
- EMEA Award 2009
- Green IT Innovation Award 2009
- Red Herring Europe Finalist 2009
- KPMG Award 2008
- Green Challenge 2008
- IMD 2008 Startup Competition
- Fondation-FIT 2007
- Innogrants 2006