Online home food ordering startup Yumist has raised pre-Series A funding worth $2 million led by Unilazer Ventures, with participation from existing investor Orios Venture Partners and Steven Lurie, a Silicon Valley based investor. Yumist will use the funds for building its team, expansion and marketing. In February, the company had raised seed funding worth $1 million from Orios Venture Partners.
Abhimanyu Maheshwari, co-founder and COO of Yumist said in a press statement that the company focused on building a profitable and scalable business, grew organically and maintained a low cash burn. As of now, the company operates in Gurgaon, South Delhi and Bangalore, where it launched operations in August.
Yumist was founded by Alok Jain (ex-CMO at Zomato) and Abhimanyu Maheshwari in November last year and was in pilot phase until March this year. It serves lunch, snacks and dinner items made in its kitchens and starting at Rs 65, with a delivery time of 30 minutes. In October, the company started taking orders from its website as well, after an initial app-only approach, stating that allowing web orders enabled it to reach a wider audience as its customers were mostly from offices.
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– Yumist also competes with FoodCloud, WatsCooking, TLCKitchen, iTiffin, CyberChef and Kitchensfood among others.