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One Seed-Stage Startup Designed for the Age of COVID-19

All the way back in 2013, TimeOut was asking why no one was helping people avoid long lines and congestion at crowded venues prior to arrival. They were worried about concertgoers and sports stadiums. Fast forward six and a half years, and we find ourselves in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, and that same question has become one of life and death.

There are a ton of different apps out there to help drivers avoid automotive traffic, but there wasn’t a single tool to help people navigate crowds and wait-times, where the software would virtually wait on your behalf.

That’s where Whyline, a startup in our 2019 cohort, comes in. They are now taking solutions that route around traffic to the next level — not just navigating efficiently between points A & B, but within point B itself.

When they originally built the solution, they aimed to give people back their time and make businesses more productive and efficient. In the age of COVID-19 however, they never could have imagined that their products have now evolved into life-saving tools. They’re now working on the front lines with governments, hospitals, and private sector enterprises across the US and Latin America to help curb the spread of the contagion.