Seattle based startup Minnow raises $2.2 million to meet demand for contact free pickup solution
Minnow Technologies, a Seattle based IoT startup that has developed a contact free food delivery and pickup solution (called the Minnow Pickup Pod™), has raised $2.2 million in an oversubscribed seed round. Elevate Capital, an early stage venture fund based in Portland, OR, led the round. Also participating were Portland Seed Fund and the venture capital arm of Lincoln Property Company, LPC Ventures. In addition to this financing, Minnow raised a $1.2 million pre-seed round in 2018.
Steven Sperry, Minnow's CEO and cofounder said: "This funding serves as a testament to the importance of Minnow's contact-free technology in the COVID-19 era and beyond. The pandemic is only accelerating trends like online food ordering and delivery that were already well underway before the virus appeared."
The coronavirus pandemic has spurred demand for contact-free technologies that can reduce the need for face to face interactions, especially when it comes to delivering and picking up food. Minnow's IoT enabled Pickup Pods provide a safe, secure, and contact free way to deliver or pick up food. They can be used anywhere that food is picked up to provide a safer and more convenient pickup experience. Minnow Pickup Pods can also be used wherever food is delivered to keep consumers and food delivery workers safer.
Nitin Rai, Managing Director of Elevate Capital said: "We're thrilled to be able to help power Minnow's growth. Minnow has everything we look for in an investment - a passionate team of experienced entrepreneurs, a bold and disruptive vision, defensible technology, and an enormous market opportunity."
Since the outbreak began, Minnow has been overwhelmed with demand for its food delivery and pickup pods from two sectors: food service and commercial real estate. For food service operators like restaurants, cafeterias, food halls, and ghost kitchens, Minnow Pickup Pods offer a safer and more secure order pickup experience for both customers and food delivery workers. For commercial real estate companies that operate office and multi-family residential buildings, Minnow provides a contactfree food delivery amenity that can help them manage a growing volume of food deliveries while keeping their tenants safer.
Eric Roseman, Vice President of Innovation & Technology Ventures for Lincoln Property Company said; "With Minnow, we see a solution that will not only help our properties adapt to the realities of COVID- 19, but also provide our tenants with a convenient, technologically enhanced amenity. It's all about creating those compelling experiences and reducing friction."
To keep up with the demand, Minnow is accelerating production of its first commercial model, the Minnow P5 Pickup Pod. The company is now accepting pre orders for the first batch of production units.