Please welcome Neighborhood Fuel, your on-demand solution for diesel and gas

Meet Neighborhood Fuel, the latest addition to Lerer Hippeau’s portfolio.

HQ: Miami, Florida

Founder: Jorge Camaraza

The problem: Corner gas stations in large metro areas are closing down as the value of their real estate outpaces that of the business. As more disappear from the map, car and boat owners are finding refueling options few and far between.

Neighborhood Fuel’s solution: The app is an early leader in on-demand refueling services that cut out trips to the gas station by delivering diesel and gas to cars, boats, and fleets at homes, residential communities, and businesses.

Origin story: Frustrated by the lack of refueling options in Southern Florida, founder Jorge Camaraza set out to create a service that would bypass potential problems at the pump and exist to serve customers on a schedule tailored to their needs. Our vision is simple, he says, to give people time back in their day.

Why we’re betting on it: Jorge has had success building companies in challenging spaces, such as large scale textile manufacturing, and he’ll translate his varied experience as an operator to reimagine refueling with Neighborhood Fuel. He’s meeting an immediate need in Miami and the surrounding area that will be increasingly prevalent in large cities across the U.S. in the years ahead.

Our take: On-demand fuel is a natural extension of the on-demand economy that’s developed around ride-sharing, food delivery, laundry, and more. Neighborhood Fuel is introducing consumer-first technology to an age-old industry that people interact with daily, but has been passed over by innovative solutions until now.

Further reading: “Miami startup Neighborhood Fuel gets gassed up, too: $2 million in venture funding” via Miami Herald

Lerer Hippeau is the most active early-stage venture capital fund in New York.

Lerer Hippeau is the most active early-stage venture capital fund in New York.