Scoop: Car-sharing startup Getaround seeks $200M+ at unicorn valuation

September 5, 2019
From left, Getaround co-founders Elliot Kroo, Jessica Scorpio and Sam Zaid (Courtesy of Getaround)

Getaround is seeking to raise up to $201.5 million in Series D extension funding, PitchBook has learned. The funding would value the company at up to $1.7 billion, per a PitchBook estimate, up from the $840 million valuation it reached last year.

Final terms and details of the financing have not been announced and are subject to change. The company declined PitchBook's request for comment.

Founded in 2009, the San Francisco-based company provides peer-to-peer car-sharing services. Getaround, which is also backed by SoftBank, primarily serves US markets. The company made news in April with its acquisition of fellow car-sharing startup Drivy, based in Paris, for $300 million.

The company has pulled in over $400 million in total VC funding from investors including Madrona Venture Group and actor Ashton Kutcher. Here's a look at Getaround's fundraising and valuation history, beginning with its Series A, per the PitchBook Platform:

Aug. 2012: $13.9M round | $44.57M valuation
Nov. 2014: $24M | $96M
Apr. 2017: $45M | $170M
Apr. 2018: $22.05M | $622.05M
Nov. 2018: $300M | $840M

Getaround's funding would continue a trend of increasing funding for car-sharing startups. In July, Turo scored $250 million at an estimated $1 billion valuation from InterActive Corp. The car-sharing and ridesharing industries combined have seen the bulk of their VC activity in the past five years. In 2013, those two verticals saw 45 deals totaling $509.5 million, whereas in 2018, they raised a total of $16.7 billion spread across 106 deals, per PitchBook data.

Corrected 9/9/2019: GV reported they have not previously invested in Getaround.

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