Weezy — an on-demand supermarket that hands groceries in fast meters such as 15 times — has raised $20 million in a Series A funding to be provided by New York-based risk capital fund Left Lane Capital. Also participating were UK-based money DN Capital, earlier investors Heartcore Capital and angel investors , notably Chris Muhr, the Groupon founder.
Although the company hasn’t create mention of a later US launch, the presence of US investors would tend to suggest that. Weezy is reminiscent of Kozmo, the on-demand groceries business from the dotcom boom of the late’ 90 s. Nonetheless, it differs from Postmates in that it doesn’t do pickups.
The cash injection will be used to expand its grocery delivery service across London and the broader UK, and open two realization centres across London. Some 40 more UK places are planned by the end of 2021 and it plans to add 50 brand-new works in the next four months.
Launched in July 2020, Weezy utilizes its own delivery people on pedal repetitions or electric mopeds to deliver goods in less than 15 times on average. As well as working with wholesalers, the committee is also generators groceries from independent bakers, butchers and markets.
It has pushed at an open door during the pandemic. In Q2 2020 half a million new customers connected the grocery bringing sphere, which is now worth PS1 4.3 bn in the UK, according to research.
Kristof Van Beveren, Co-founder and CEO of Weezy, said in a statement: “People are no longer happy to wait around for bringings, and there is strong demand for a more efficient service.”
Weezy’s co-founders are Kristof Van Beveren and Alec Dent. Van Beveren is formerly from the consumer goods world at Procter& Gamble and McKinsey& Company, while Dent headed up business at UK startup Drover and business development at BlaBlaCar.
Harley Miller, succeeding collaborator, Left Lane Capital, observed: “Weezy’s founding team have the right balance of drive, know-how and nature to lead in e-commerce innovation and convenience within the UK grocery market and beyond.”
Nenad Marovac, founder and overseeing collaborator, DN Capital, said: “Even before the pandemic, interest in online grocery shop was on the rise. The first time I from Weezy, my bringing arrived in seven times and I was hooked.”
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