Tovala

Smart Oven paired with Meal Delivery Service

LOCATION Chicago, IL

COMPANY SIZE Between 5 and 10

# OF ENGINEERS Less than 5

FUNDING $1M - $2M

REMOTE WORK OK? No

EXTENDED EXERCISE WINDOW? No

What do we do?

We have built a smart countertop oven that automatically cooks made-from-scratch meals. The meals are delivered once a week.

To cook the meals, the user scans the meal's barcode and pushes start on the smart oven.

The oven has the recipes stored in the cloud to cook the meal to perfection.

It's capable of steaming, baking, broiling and convection heating and will often cycle from one method to another.

Each meal is piping hot and ready for enjoyment within 10 - 30 minutes. And there's no clean-up required!

Why join us?

1) Exploding industry (smart-kitchen and fresh food delivery)
2) Diverse, small team (nuclear, mechanical, electrical & software engineers paired with marketing, food and business-people)
3) Product testing = tasty
4) Traction = $250,000 in pre-sales in first month

Technical challenges

1) Manufacturing in China
2) Working with hardware, firmware and software
3) Thermal challenges
4) Scaling recipes

Our press coverage

Wired: http://www.wired.com/2016/03/tovalas-smart-oven-wants-replace-microwave/
Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2016/03/10/is-this-startup-oven-jetsons-future-or-a-toy/#1637c081141a
TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/video/tovala-cooks-healthy-meals-at-home/519561368/
Food & Wine: http://www.foodandwine.com/fwx/food/new-smart-oven-will-make-your-tiny-kitchen-bit-more-tolerable
Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/tovala-will-replace-every-cooking-appliance-you-own-2016-3?pundits_only=0&comments_page=0#comment-56deff559037f75e4bd1e12a

Our Founders

Bryan Wilcox

David Rabie

Our investors

  • Origin Ventures
  • Pritzker Venture Capital Group
  • Paul Buchheit
  • Y Combinator
  • Valor Equity