- The new capital will help Cookr expand business across Tamil Nadu and India
- Aims to onboard 2,00,000 home cooks over the next 5 years
Cookr, an early-stage home food tech marketplace startup, secures USD 1 Million (INR 8.25 Crores) pre-seed investment from a diverse group of angel investors, including employees and alumni of Microsoft, Amazon, Intel, TITAN Company, and founders of M2P Fintech, WilcoSource LLC, RXDataScience Inc, Quadrand Resouce LLC, and The Social Company to scale its innovative home kitchen food marketplace.
Cookr, founded in 2022 by Praba Santhanakrishnan, Saravanakumar(SK) Kandasamy, and Nirmalkumar Muthu, with a vision to nourish humanity with wholesome food and spread the joy of well-being, offers a range of nutritious and hygienic home-cooked food options with over 500 home cooks on the platform, catering to customers’ dietary needs and preferences. Cookr is currently operational in nine cities in Tamil Nadu: Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Hosur, Chidambaram, Thanjavur, Salem, Vellore, and Kumbakonam.
It intends to be operational in Puducherry and Chennai by the end of this month with pan-India expansion in the pipeline. The company’s mission is to empower communities with accessible and nutritious home food through technology and home kitchens, making healthy food accessible and seamless for all while empowering home chefs with customer access through robust and intuitive technology. The company is also aiming to onboard 2,00,000 home cooks over the next 5 years.
“We are thrilled to have secured this pre-seed investment, which will allow us to bring our vision to life and make a real impact in the lives of home cooks and solve the access to healthy food through tech.” said Praba Santhanakrishnan, Co-founder and CEO of Cookr. “We see that there is a huge demand for healthy home-made food and long shelf-life food products, and we are excited to offer a solution that will cater to this rapidly growing market.”
Speaking about the pre-seed investment, Arun Viswanathan, Software Development Manager, Amazon, USA said, “I am excited to partner with Cookr and support their mission to make healthy eating accessible and convenient in India. The food technology industry in India is ripe for disruption, and Cookr’s innovative approach to providing healthy alternatives to traditional restaurant-delivered meals is exactly what the market needs. I look forward to working with the Cookr team and watching them grow and succeed.”
The funding will be used to add more features to the platform, expand the team, and launch the marketplace across India, making healthy eating more accessible to people across the country. Cookr’s app is available on the App Store and Google Playstore.