To support the next stage of the company’s growth, smart kitchen startup Chefling, Inc. has notched $1 million in pre-series A funding from XVVC, LLC. Chefling will use the funding for product development, hiring and marketing, the company said in an announcement.
“Chefling’s unique and comprehensive personal kitchen assistant presents an exciting opportunity to gain widespread market adoption,” XVVC, LLC Founder Brian Deutsch said in the announcement. “Its popularity among users to date far validates the need for this simple, all-in-one solution in the growing voice assistant space.”
The funding comes as Chefling’s mobile app has received more than 100,000 downloads within the span of a year, according to the company. The app also offers integration with voice assistant devices such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home.
“XVVC recognizes Chefling’s growth potential as the adoption of IoT [Internet of Things] and smart appliances continues to increase,” Chefling co-founder and CEO Amar Krishna said in the announcement. “XVVC’s support validates the market opportunity we envision, and this funding allows us to drive innovation and future developments.”
The company currently holds a temporary patent for its Consumable Goods Inventory Management System, a system and method that manages the inventory of pantries and refrigerators via a mobile application. But it has filed for complete patent approval from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent will play a key role in helping users meal plan and prep efficiently, the company stated.
Chefling, Inc., which is headquartered in Silicon Valley, is focused on smart kitchen technology. The company has developed a kitchen app that incorporates inventory organization, intuitive recipe suggestions, shopping list management and voice assistant integration. XVVC, LLC is an “industry-agnostic” investor in seed-stage businesses with strong leadership teams and a demonstrable level of traction in their respective markets. Through its network of LPs, the company seeks to support the teams with which it partners.