Reducing the need for private car ownership by providing active, accessible mobility to urban areas
Share a cargo bike and change mobility in your city
BAQME is a e-cargo bike sharing platform. Our goal is to make you less car-dependent for short distance travel. There are too many car trips in your city. On average, more than half of all car trips in urban areas are shorter than 7.5 kilometres. This becomes particularly daunting when the trip involves transportation of children, goods or pets.
Unnecessary use of a car in urban areas results in increased travel due congestion and limited parking space, not to mention the negative impact it has on air pollution. Noise created from non-electric vehicles further fuels the growing frustration of city inhabitants.
Still, more and more people want to live in cities. This creates immense challenges for governments to manage the additional pressure a rapidly growing population has on urban infrastructure and mobility. Shared mobility is rapidly becoming the most effective method of resolving some of these challenges, particularly when it contributes to active and clean mobility.
Cities are encouraging inhabitants to walk and cycle as often as possible. However, this is not easy when mobility involves the transportation of children and goods. An electric cargo bike is the ideal solution for these types of travel.
BAQME offers the best of both worlds. BAQME is a shared mobility platform for electric cargo bikes. With the BAQME app, anyone can use BAQME cargo bikes whenever they want without any ownership hassle.
The BAQME cargo bikes are shared in your neighbourhood and available for everyone in your area. No high investments needed or regular trips to the bike store for maintenance. BAQME takes care all of that. We provide our electric cargo bikes well-maintained and charged. All you have to do is use it and start changing the world.
Souren Arakelian – CEO
Souren spends his time attracting new business and investments while spending lots of time with the operations team to help them become more efficient. He founded BAQME after working 10+ years in finance, advising tech scale-ups on strategic transactions in Amsterdam and San Francisco.
Outside of BAQME, Souren enjoys spending time with his family and discovering new ice cream flavours.
Berenice van Gessel – COO
Berenice joined BAQME after spending 5 years at Uber in various operational leadership roles. She started her career at an international investment bank but switched to tech after she realised there is more to life than just crunching numbers. Berenice has a deep passion for (micro-)mobility and making cities more liveable.
When she is not convincing people to abandon their car for a cargo bike, you are likely to find her on a golf course, in a wine bar or with her family.
Sven Velthuis – CTO
Sven is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in advising clients on website and cloud software development. He is leading both BAQME’s marketing efforts and everything tech related.
When Sven is not writing complex codes, he enjoys spending time on the padel court.
Ellen is a seasoned corporate marketing and innovation leader with roles throughout Europe at Heineken, Sara Lee and Henkel. Switched the corporate world five years ago to found Collider Amsterdam, a leading marketing and commerce tech accelerator with roots in London. Coaching and scaling over 30 start-ups since 2017, Ellen brings a wealth of strategic and hands-on experience.
Besides her role as Managing Director at Collider Amsterdam, Ellen is strategic advisor at a number of fast growing startups.
Tom is the EVP and Group Finance Director at Just Eat Takeaway.com, a leading global online food delivery marketplace, connecting nearly 100 million consumers with over 634,000 partners in 25 countries. In this role he is responsible for a team of more than 300 people covering the full scope of Finance including Accounting, Reporting, Controlling, FP&A, Finance Business Partnering and Corporate Development.
Tom is a member of the Executive Committee of Just Eat Takeaway.com. The company is listed on the Amsterdam and London Stock Exchanges, and on the Nasdaq.
Before joining Just Eat Takeaway.com, Tom spent 7 years working for the CFO Services practice of Deloitte Consulting in Australia and the Netherlands.
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