Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2001 (Revised August 2005)

Zipcar

by Myra M. Hart and Wendy Carter

Abstract

Provides a detailed description of the processes and tasks associated with creating a new venture in an emerging industry (subscription car-sharing for urban dwellers). Chronicles the entrepreneur's concept development, industry analysis, market research, identity definition, and brand building. Also provides background on writing the business plan, creating a budget and building financials, developing a management team, creating business partnerships, and financing the businesses.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Financing and Loans; Leadership Development; Venture Capital; Business Strategy; Growth and Development Strategy; Business Plan; Budgets and Budgeting; Management Teams; Partners and Partnerships; Marketing Strategy; Brands and Branding; Auto Industry; Service Industry;

Citation:

Hart, Myra M., and Wendy Carter. "Zipcar." Harvard Business School Case 802-085, October 2001. (Revised August 2005.)