Pogo founders, John Glover, right, Melissa Lehman, center, and Kaveh Ghandianipour, with Verizon representative Marni Walden, left, at the Verizon Powerful Answers Award event. Photo courtesy Pogo.

Pogo founders (from right) John Glover, Melissa Lehman, and Kaveh Ghadianipour, with Verizon representative Marni Walden at the Verizon Powerful Answers Award event. Photo courtesy Pogo.

Seattle-based Pogo announced on Dec. 9 that it was awarded $1 million at Verizon’s Powerful Answers Award contest. It won the top prize in the transportation category, and will have access to the Powerful Answers Accelerator program at BootUp Accademy.

Pogo was founded at the end of 2014 by Melissa Lehman, John Glover, and Kaveh Ghadianipour to help parents plan and organize carpool rides for their kids. Currently, the app is in closed beta for iOS, but an app for iOS and Android is expected to launch to the public in early 2016. Lehman said the carpool service will roll out in Seattle and on the Eastside.

“I am very proud that one-quarter of the 1,400 entrants for the Verizon Powerful Answers Award, and also one-quarter of the 12 finalists, were female-led companies,” Lehman said. “And grateful to Verizon for recognizing the potential of Pogo to help ease the transportation burden of busy parents – especially working moms like myself.”

Because Pogo is built to safely transport kids, the company has partnered with Zendrive to monitor parents’ driving while they use Pogo’s app, allowing the carpool service to flag drivers who continually break traffic laws or interact with their phones while driving. Pogo also is using a 12-point screening process to ensure children are riding with safe and qualified drivers, and in safe cars.