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Taken from KingsCrowd:
At KingsCrowd, we want to be part of the democratization of startup investing. We also want to do what we can to uplift underrepresented founders. To those goals, we have put together all the Deals to Watch, Neutral Deals, and Founder Profiles from June 2021 that feature traditionally underrepresented founders.
You can check out the full list here or by clicking below. We are also highlighting one company in each category below.
Blendid makes robotic food automation solutions powered by artificial intelligence. The first product is a robotic kiosk that makes healthy smoothies on demand based on the taste preferences of customers. Vipin Jain, Venki Ayalur, and Vijay Dodd founded Blendid in 2015 and have raised over $13 million in previous rounds of financing. Blendid already has kiosks deployed at select Walmart locations and plans to expand. The company is raising funds on StartEngine.
SAYA Life is employing modern technology to monitor water usage for multi-tenant properties. SAYA Life’s artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) platform provides detailed monitoring and control of essential water services. The platform, accessible to tenants, businesses, and utilities alike, automatically detects and manages problems before they result in damages and health hazards. Sanjay Poojary founded SAYA Life in 2019. The company is raising funds on Republic with an $8 million valuation.
Beef jerky is a classic snack for many meat lovers. But it often comes with an unhealthy amount of sodium, sugar, and nitrates. Ayoba is looking to reinvent beef jerky’s reputation by serving natural South African beef jerky lookalikes called biltong and droëwors, which are air-dried to eliminate added sugar and nitrates. Ayoba is primarily a direct-to-consumer business with positive reviews on Amazon and solid gross margins from online sales. Now the company is expanding its distribution footprint and plans to hit 4,000 stores by 2023. We reached out to co-founder Wian van Blommestein to learn the origins of the company and the inspiration behind its name.