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Start-up team launches cafes without chefs

11 Nov '20
Krasnodar food tech startup Qummy (LLC Qumi) has closed two rounds of investments in 2020 for a total amount of 57 million rubles. Co-founder of the project Evgeny Pisarev spoke about this.

Qummy prepares dishes for restaurants and freezes them using its own Smart Ice technology, which preserves the beneficial and organoleptic properties of the dish (taste and smell). All dishes have certificates of conformity and an allowed shelf life of 180 days.

In addition, the company has developed the Qummy Smart Oven, which recognizes the dish by the QR code on the package and selects the cooking program for this particular dish. It is noted that the technology excludes the human factor (for example, incorrect defrosting, overheating or underheating of the dish). The average cooking time in such a stove is 46 minutes.
Qummy is a Krasnodar project that has learned to launch a cafe on 2 square meters without cooks and a kitchen, equipping them with ovens and a freezer with frozen food. The cafe requires one person who takes orders, puts frozen food in the smart Qummy oven, takes the finished dish out of the oven after 4-7 minutes and serves it, Pisarev said.
Both times the investments were received by the company from the private investor Rinat Salikhov. In June, the startup raised 22 million rubles for 15% in the company, in September - 35 million rubles for 10%.

According to the Kontur.Fokus system, Rinat Salikhov also owns a 15% stake in Argos LLC. It is a service company providing a full range of works and services in the oil and gas market, according to its website. Rusbase also sent a request to Salikhov, but at the time of the release of the material did not receive a response.

Another investor in the company is a private person, Andrey Polukhin. He invested 9 million rubles in Qummy in December 2019 and received 9% in the company.

According to the Unified State Register of Legal Entities, Salikhov's share currently exceeds the 25% declared by the company. As of November 6, he owns 28.9% in the project. 21.7% - from Evgeny Pisarev, 20.8% - from Alexey Kislun, 20.5% - from Artem Simonyants and 8.1% - from Andrey Polukhin.

Pisarev himself explains this difference by selling part of the shares to Salikhov, but clarifies that this is not an investment.

Qummy has its own factory in Krasnodar, a workshop for the production of equipment and an R&D laboratory. According to Pisarev, the company is currently valued at 350 million rubles.

The geography of the startup is 10 cities from Adler to Moscow. In September, the project launched 17 food outlets. Qummy customers - hotels, gas stations, bars, coffee shops. The team plans to increase the speed of development and enter the US and EU markets. The startup also became one of the winners of the Karpov Venture Awards last year.
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