KitchenMate is a Toronto-based startup appealing organisations a fresh method to feeding their employees. The startup has actually raised$3.5 million in seed financing led by Eniac Ventures and Golden Ventures, with participation from FJ Labs and Techstars. It’s also expanding into the United States.

Creator and CEO Yang Yu said KitchenMate was founded with the objective of offering “well balanced meals at a cost effective cost.” The solution he and his group established combines refrigerated, tamper-proof “clever meal-pods” including fresh, prepared meals that are then heated in a “clever cooker.”

You might think a pandemic is the wrong time for this concept, considering that numerous business are still working from home. And Yu acknowledged that some of KitchenMate’s most likely customers (such as tech business) do not require the product right now.

At the same time, he stated there are many “old-school business” in industries like manufacturing, circulation and important services that can’t run that way– and in those sectors, business is “thriving.”

” [Prior to the pandemic,] it was a nice-to-have for a great deal of business that care about workers and wish to use them a healthy meal,” he said. “It’s become an essential for a great deal of business now that whatever is closed.”

Simply put, Yu stated that with numerous dining establishments and other services shuttered by the pandemic, KitchenMate has actually emerged for some employers as “the only alternative.” He also stated it’s being used by hospitals as an effective method to prepare well balanced meals for clients.

Without a KitchenMate Smart Cooker in your home, I can’t attest the quality of the food, but Yu revealed me how he prepared a meal in the KitchenMate office: He opened the refrigerator, eliminated a Smart Meal-Pod and scanned it with his phone, then filled the Meal-Pod into the cooker. A couple of minutes later, a tasty-looking lunch of rice, curry, veggies and tofu was ready for him.

KitchenMate uses the equipment for sale or rent to companies. The meals are then bought by staff members via smartphone app at an average expense of $9, typically with staff members paying $7 and employers funding the rest.

KitchenMate provides new Meal-Pods one or two times a week, and groups can affect what gets delivered by voting on the dishes that they want. The start-up likewise provides an alternative where employee can prepare the meals for employees, instead of having everybody raid the refrigerator and making meals for themselves.

Yu suggested that as workplaces resume, people will want to avoid crowded lunchrooms, and they’ll want to have great deals of specific deliveries going in and out of buildings and elevators. KitchenMate, meanwhile, can feed more people with just a couple of bulk deliveries.

Yu acknowledged that there is a risk of a “stockpile” in the kitchen if everyone desires their lunch at the exact same time, however he stated KitchenMate attempts to reduce this concern by enabling people to preorder their meals in the app.

“We develop more versatility around individuals eating for a lot of companies who either can’t afford catering or, post-COVID, it’s just not possible any longer to have shared meals,” he said.

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.