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Sep. 21, 2017 11:04 am

This startup has a valet service for auto repairs

ahhto won the pitch competition at DC Startup Week. Founder Samuel Bitaraf talks about the company's services that prioritize convenience for drivers.

Samuel Bitaraf (third from right) accepts the check for Ahhto's win.

(Photo courtesy DC Startup Week)

Fittingly, it was entrepreneurs who closed out DC Startup Week.

The full slate of activities for young companies around the District ended with a pitch competition on Sept. 15.

While five startups provided the info on their companies, it was ahhto that emerged with the big check for $1,000.

Founder Samuel Bitaraf said he created the company to make car service more convenient.

“In our world today, everyone is concerned about time…We believe that everyone is interested in preserving that time and our service provides that to them,” he said.

Bitaraf grew up around a Northern Virginia auto service shop owned by his parents, and learned what could make the process of bringing a car in for repairs more convenient.

To that end, ahhto has a service that picks up a car, brings it to the repair shop and returns the car to the driver. The startup is also developing a service that transports vehicles to test-drive from used car dealerships. It’s currently in the beta phase, looking to provide services in the DMV.

“We’re validating our process consistently,” Bitaraf said.

Sameul Bitaraf pitches ahhto. (Courtesy photo)

Sameul Bitaraf pitches ahhto. (Courtesy photo)

Bitaraf is looking to build on momentum from the pitch competition to approach partners and investors. While he spent some time testing Los Angeles as the market to launch, he’s now convinced D.C. is the “perfect area” for the startup.

“The Northern Virginia and D.C. area is amazing. There’s really very few places like it in the U.S., let alone the world.,” he said.

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Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is Market Editor for Technical.ly Baltimore and Technical.ly DC. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following stints in New Orleans and Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Baltimore Fishbowl, NOLA Defender, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune and the Rio Grande Sun.

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