NVC Winner Maestro Raises $500K For Its Food Tech Device, Rebrands to Tovala

logo for the tovala company“Last spring the startup won University of Chicago’s annual New Venture Challenge, taking home $70,000 to fund the development of its kitchen appliance that simultaneously cooked individual pods of ingredients to create a healthy meal in under 30 minutes (at the time it was dubbed “a Keurig meets crockpot”). After six months of product development, a $500,000 round raised, and a rebrand, the device and business look a little different, but founder David Rabie believes it still holds the key to getting healthy food on the table fast.”

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