Advancing Socially Beneficial Innovations: Hytch

As the Deane Foundation is visiting communities across Tennessee, we are always keeping our eyes open for “socially beneficial innovations.” This month, we had the opportunity to attend the Power of 10 Regional Summit sponsored by Cumberland Region Tomorrow and hosted at the Music City Center. During the Summit, I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Jackson, Vice President of Market Development for Hytch.

Hytch App

Hytch is a free app for iPhone and Android that helps you track shared rides with your contacts, earning you “Trees Saved” whenever you carpool, rideshare, or use public transit. People who live in sponsored areas or work for an employee sponsor also earn cash rewards for qualifying miles shared and tracked using the Hytch app. It’s a form of social media that goes to a whole new level.

Hytch is committed to reducing the number of single driver cars on the road. This means less carbon emissions, cleaner air quality, a healthier environment AND less traffic congestion.

Bringing Carpooling to the Digital Age

The founder of Hytch and former Swiftwick CEO Mark Cleveland says, “we are trying to bring good old-fashioned carpooling into the digital age. We are a car-centric culture. All we need to do is get this tiny push with Hytch to become a car-sharing culture.”

The company has gained the attention and financial support of the Tennessee Department of Transportation (“TDOT”), which awarded Hytch a $100,000 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant, part of a federal program.

For more information on Hytch and how the app works, please visit https://www.hytch.me/.

Published on October 1, 2018 12:28pm

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Born in Baltimore in 1961, John attended American University. For 32 years, John led a successful career as a senior healthcare executive. In 1998 John founded Southwind Health Partners, a start-up healthcare business focused on providing management services for hospital and health system sponsored physician practices out of his home in Nashville and over 20 years grew the business into one of the nation’s pre-eminent healthcare consulting practices. Following the acquisition of Southwind by Advisory Board John led the development of an expansive, full-service consulting and management division serving over 250 health system clients in 50 states with approximately 400 consultants and staff.

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