Chicago Parking Startup ParkWhiz Raises $2 Million

Kira M. Newman

Today, Chicago parking startup ParkWhiz announced $2 million in funding led by Hyde Park Venture Partners.

ParkWhiz has helped 1 million people reserve parking spots around the country, for discounts off the drive-up price. The website is optimized for iPhone and Android so you can pull up your parking passes on your phone after buying them.

The company will use the funding to hire 20 new employees and expand its marketing.

This announcement comes just a week after SpotHero, another Chicago parking startup, announced $2.5 million in funding. While SpotHero is trying to expand beyond Chicago and Milwaukee, ParkWhiz has spent six years building up 3 million spaces nationwide in many cities.

“The majority of our competition is regional and will need to try to expand into markets that we already own,” says cofounder and CEO Aashish Dalal.

To fuel its growth, ParkWhiz has relied on partnerships with organizations like StubHub, NFL teams, and entertainment venues to market the service to event attendees. In fact, ParkWhiz handled 30 percent of cars at last year’s Super Bowl.

This Series A funding round also included Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, Y Combinator partner Garry Tan, Hyde Park Angels, Amicus Capital, Henry J. Feinberg, and Amreesh Modi.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.