Local Mobility Company Named “Rise of the Rest” Finalist

Ridesharing Company to Compete as one of America’s most Innovative Startups

ATHENS, OH (October 13, 2017). For Northwest Ohio residents, Liberty Mobility Now, Inc. has become a familiar way to get to work, medical appointments, or home after a night out. They may not be aware that the ridesharing company some are calling the rural Uber has been coined one of America’s most innovative startups, and will compete against other businesses on October 13 in Columbus for $100,000 in investment capital and national exposure as a “Rise of the Rest” competition finalist.

Sponsored by AOL co-founder and former CEO Steve Case, Rise of the Rest spotlights fast-growing startup companies in cities across America, with a select few being invited to pitch in front of a live audience including Case, himself. The winner brings home not just a cash prize, but publicity and recognition that money can’t buy. Liberty was named as a finalist out of a pool of hundreds of applicants.  

Liberty, which originated in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving its headquarters to Ohio, made its appearance last February in Van Wert County, before expanding to Athens. Like Uber or Lyft, Liberty allows passengers to book a trip using their smartphone. Its drivers are independent contractors who use their own vehicles and set their own schedules, after being subjected to thorough background checks. But unlike the Silicon Valley giants, Liberty also operates a call center, enabling residents without a smartphone to use the service.

It’s no surprise that Liberty is making headlines. Since opening its doors less than two years ago, the company has already expanded to communities in seven states, with more expansion planned for 2018. Recently, Liberty won a contract with United Healthcare to provide non-emergency medical transportation for thousands of Medicaid members in the state of Virginia.

Kim Bruns, Liberty’s Northwest Ohio Area Manager, said she feels the company’s mobility services are making are making a difference in people’s lives, and she looks forward to continuing expansion throughout the region. 

“I really think that Liberty has made a positive impact in Northwest Ohio by filling in the transportation gaps that people are dealing with due to limited transportation options,” Bruns said. “I look forward to positively impacting other communities in the region as Liberty expands its services.”


Aaron Mack
Communications Specialist
Liberty Mobility Now, Inc.
(402) 805-3300