Foodzie (a TechStars 2008 company) has announced that they have closed a $1M round of funding from Jeff Clavier at SoftTech VC, First Round Capital, and angel investors.
Foodzie is an online marketplace where food lovers can discover and buy food directly from small, artisan producers and growers. Foodzie is also building a community around these artisan producers and their products that will allow “foodies” to get to know the people behind their food, and share their experiences and recommendations with other consumers. Foodzie makes it simple for food producers to setup an online store, tell their story, and sell directly to consumers. All inventory management and shipping is handled by the producer. Foodzie helps to bring together a fragmented market of artisan food producers to make it simple for foodies to discover some of the best products from across the country.
Working with Foodzie this past summer was a real highlight for me. Rob, Emily, and Nik came in to the program with a strong idea and a great vision. It was clear from the day I met them at TechStars for a Day that they were going to do this, and to do it well. They got in to the program because of their progress, passion, and dedication. It didn’t hurt that they were always passing out chocolates. One they got to Boulder for the summer, they did an amazing job of engaging mentors and fine tuning their idea.
Foodzie was well documented this past summer. Brad Feld developed his crush on Foodzie early in the summer, which you can begin to hear in this podcast featuring Brad and Foodzie during week two of TechStars. Foodzie also recently appeared (along with Ignighter) in a Current TV video called “Startup” that really gives you a good idea of what it’s like to go through TechStars.
The site just recently left the “sneak preview” phase and launched its marketplace with 25 new sellers. I’d encourage you to check it out and maybe order something yummy for the holidays. Most of the products are very unique and hard (if not impossible) to find elsewhere.