Chowbotics, a Redwood City, California-based provider of robots for the food service sector, secured $11m in funding.
The round was led by Foundry Group and Techstars.
Founded by Dr. Deepak Sekar, an inventor with more than 125 patents, Chowbotics provides Sally, which leverages a touchscreen user interface to make salads in approximately one minute with any combination of up to 22 ingredients. The robot offers more than 10,000 custom salad options. Users can fine tune the calorie total by adding or subtracting ingredients.
The company intends to use the funds to extend the Sally platform beyond salads with grain bowls, breakfast bowls, poke bowls, acai bowls, and yogurt bowls in development to be added to the platform soon, and ramp up its sales and operations teams with:
– Warren Manzer, who was President of Foodservice at Clipper and Senior Vice President at Crown Brands, joined Chowbotics as Vice President of Foodservice Sales;
– Rory Bevins, who was Senior Vice President at La Bottega Americas and Global Vice President at Molton Brown, joined Chowbotics as Vice President of Hospitality;
– Lee Greer, who was Chief Marketing Officer at Jason’s Deli, joined Chowbotics as Vice President of its Off-Premise Kitchen Business Unit;
– Shelley Janes, who was Head of Partnerships at CarDash and CEO of SideDoor, joined Chowbotics as Director of Sales, responsible for the western region of the United States; and
Nolan Schachter, who was Director of Sales and Marketing at TeaBot, joined Chowbotics as Director of Sales, responsible for Canada.