WilminGO Featured in Technical.ly Delaware: WilminGo golf cart taxi startup returns for its second season
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By Holly Quinn

WilminGo, the golf cart taxi company developed by Buccini/Pollin Group’s co-president, Chris Buccini, in partnership with the University of Delaware Horn Program, launched last fall as part of a downtown Wilmington revitalization plan that includes the Residences of Mid-Town Park and the DE.CO food hall.

Cofounders Andrew Cercena and Matthew Lombardi of the Horn Program will bring the street-legal golf cart back out this week, launching at the Rodney Square Farmer’s Market. Like last year, rides start at a flat rate of $3 per person or $5 for a group, with hop-on-hop-off “hotspots” including DE.CO, Bardea, The Queen, and LOMA Coffee…”

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WilminGO Launches 2019 Season
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WilminGO, the state’s first golf cart taxi service, returned to Downtown Wilmington for its second season on May 15, 2019. This season the service will offer expanded ride hailing methods and payment options making it even easier for riders to get around, including hotspot pick-up locations, call ahead service, curbside ride hailing, and onboard cash and credit payment. Additionally, riders may continue to book a ride and pay directly through the WilminGO app, available for iPhone via the App Store and for android via Google Play.

WilminGO will introduce a number of pick-up locations at popular Downtown destinations for passengers to hop on and hop off at their leisure when signs displayed. The current hotspot locations include DE.CO, Bardea, The Queen, and LOMA Coffee, but may change throughout the season. The cart will stop at each hotspot approximately every 20 minutes during normal operating hours.

Riders will also now be able call drivers directly at 302.513.5135 to request pick up or hail the cart curbside similar to a traditional taxi service. Passengers will be able to issue payment via cash, credit, or Venmo while onboard at a flat rate of $3 per single passenger and $5 per group.

WilminGO will be accepting riders through October 31st from Monday-Wednesday 11 AM-3 PM, Thursday-Friday 11 AM-3 PM and 5-11 PM, Saturday 11 AM-11 PM, and Sunday 10 AM-6PM. WilminGO operates within a select radius in the Downtown Wilmington vicinity, spanning from 2nd and Market to 12th Street. Click here to view a full coverage map for the 2019 season.

Launched in the Fall of 2018 through a partnership between The Buccini/Pollin Group (BPG) and University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship, WilminGo was inspired when Chris Buccini, Co-Founder of the Buccini/Pollin Group, took a visit to Nashville, where golf cart taxis are prevalent. Chris had a vision to bring the service to Wilmington, DE and developed a BPG-Horn Summer Fellows Program to make it happen. The program serves as a bridge between the bright, entrepreneurial energy of the University of Delaware students within Horn Entrepreneurship and The City of Wilmington.

Through the BPG-Horn Summer Fellows Program, student Andrew Cercena has been able help facilitate the growth of WilminGO from a single business plan to a successful new business venture.

“I feel so appreciative to have been one of the first students to experience first-hand what it’s like to launch a start-up in the City of Wilmington through the BPG-Horn Summer Fellows Program,” said Andrew Cercena, WilminGO Co-Founder. “With the support from BPG, I have gained invaluable knowledge throughout the entire process of launching of WilminGO that has only increased my entrepreneurial desire to pursue new ideas for a better Wilmington.”

As the WilminGO cart sponsor of again this season, WSFS is proud to support the entrepreneurial spirit of the business as well as the convenience the cart brings to the downtown area. Additional sponsorship opportunities to advertise on the cart are also available. 

Developer tees up golf cart taxi service in downtown Wilmington
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Wilmington officials have worked diligently in recent years to bring the Delaware city’s once-crumbling downtown back to life.

Their efforts are starting to pay off. Restaurants, bars, residences and shops dot the 12-block stretch that had been filled with vacant or rundown storefronts.

WilminGO Featured on WDEL: Wilmington's newest app makes it easier than ever to putter around the city.

Last year, while Chris Buccini visited Nashville, Tennessee, he experienced riding on a golf cart as a form of transportation. When he returned to Delaware, he said, "this would be a great addition to the city of Wilmington." Matt Lomabrdi and Andrew Cercena, two UD seniors in the Horn Entrepreneurship program, co-created the app, bringing Buccini's idea to life.

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WilminGO Featured in Delaware Business Now: App-based Wilmingo golf cart taxi service to operate in city through October
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Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. announced as of September 19, WilminGO, a golf cart taxi service is operating through the BPG-Horn Fellows program. The service is accepting riders through their app, downloadable both through iTunes and Google Play.

Buccini/Pollin is the leading commercial and residential developer in downtown Wilmington.

WilminGO completed testing and will be available between May 1stand October 31stfrom Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., 5 p.m.- 1 a.m., Saturday 1 p.m.- 1 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

The cart can hold up to five passengers, with flat-fee rates of $3 for one or two people, and $5 for more than three passengers.

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WilminGO Featured in Delaware Business Now: Cart service poised to operate in Market Street corridor in Wilmington
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The launch of a fare-driven golf cart taxi service for the Market Street area in downtown is expected in the near future as a way to put a small dent in the issue of getting around downtown.

TownSquare Delaware reports the service came about after Buccini/Pollin Group co-president Chris Buccini saw the service in action in Nashville, TN.

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