Organic food startup Teatis closes seed funding round to advance production and marketing in the U.S.
Teatis, makers of superfood powders for diabetic consumers, announces the close of its seed funding round. The science-backed brand that specializes in sugar-blocking teas accrued $700,000 from various high-power angel investors, bringing Teatis' total investment to over $1 million.
Founded by serial entrepreneur Hiroshi Takatoh, Teatis' seed funding round was backed by prominent investors that promote trans-Pacific startups. Genesia Ventures, Ryo Ishizuka and Takuya Noguchi led the round, alongside seven other angel investors. Genesia Ventures is a leading venture capital firm in Japan and Southeast Asia dedicated to supporting companies that contribute to a better future. Ryo Ishizuka is the former CEO and co-founder of Mercari, one of the largest mobile marketplaces for consumers to buy and sell items. Takuya Noguchi is the CEO and founder of BULK HOMME, Japan's leading men's skincare brand.
Hiroshi created Teatis after his late ex-wife's battle with cancer. Acting as her caretaker while running his tech company, Hiroshi recognized the need for convenient, nutritious food suitable for critically ill consumers. Teaming up with an impressive list of prominent doctors, Hiroshi began crafting a product for diabetic consumers who didn't have the time to cook but longed for natural, nutritious ingredients that helped with carbohydrate digestion and release of glucose.
The seed round will help Teatis advance production and marketing in the U.S., where 122 million diabetics and pre-diabetics continue to work towards greater prevention and treatment against the wide-spread disease. Containing no chemicals and no sweeteners, Teatis' plant-based powders contain a special Japanese-inspired ingredient, seaweed extract (Arame), that is proven to suppress the absorption of sugar from the intestinal tract and moderates blood sugar levels.
Hiroshi Takatoh, Founder and CEO, Teatis: "With millions of diabetics living in the United States, there is significant demand for diabetic-friendly foods that are nutritious, convenient, and functional. Our team of doctors has worked for years to perfect our product line, and this is just the beginning. We plan on building out a comprehensive one-stop shop for Diabetic health."