West Michigan startup chosen for Gordon Meals Service-backed accelerator program | Technoscoob

A brand new enterprise from West Michigan serial entrepreneur Garrick Pohl has been chosen to affix a Chicago-based accelerator program launched by Wyoming-based Gordon Meals Service and its innovation and funding arm Relish Works

Pohl’s FreshPost LLC is among the many 5 early stage startups chosen from greater than 500 international candidates to affix the Meals Foundry accelerator program’s latest cohort. 

Garrick Pohl, founding father of FreshPost LLC. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Based in West Michigan in mid 2022, FreshPost goals to work with retailers of all sizes to create a community of temperature-controlled and safe pickup stations for out-of-home supply of meals and drinks. The companions may vary from grocers and meal package suppliers to ghost kitchens, meals banks and different kinds of firms. 

“We provide customers the power to select up their orders when and the place it’s handy for them at a fraction of the price of residence supply,” Pohl stated in an e-mail to MiBiz. “For retailers, we join them to customers who reside and/or work in areas of aggregated demand (multifamily properties, work campuses, universities, and so forth.).”

Pohl, who relies within the Holland space, is engaged on the corporate with a crew of individuals all through Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Acceptance into the Meals Foundry accelerator program additionally comes with an preliminary $75,000 funding for FreshPost and every of the startups, in addition to a deep immersion into the meals and foodservice trade. This system pairs the early stage firms with trade specialists from Gordon Meals Service and different corporations. 

“The Meals Foundry neighborhood is an ideal useful resource for our younger firm as we glance to community with others within the meals area and gather suggestions from website hosts, retailers and customers,” Pohl stated. 

Different ventures within the new cohort embody: 

  • The Crop Undertaking, an New York-based agricultural processing and wholesale firm advertising and marketing regenerative crops resembling Atlantic sugar kelp; 
  • CZero Meals, a North Carolina-based startup providing carbon-neutral achievement for meals shopper packaged items manufacturers;
  • FlexSea, a London, U.Ok.-based agency growing a seaweed-derived materials to exchange single-use plastic packaging; and 
  • SupplyNow, a Cleveland, Ohio-based digital buying and logistics firm that gives on-demand provides to eating places grappling with provide chain failures.

The carefully held Gordon Meals Service has been lively within the enterprise capital trade in recent times. The corporate created Relish Works in 2017 as its company enterprise capital fund to spend money on firms that modernize the foodservice trade. 

Gordon Meals Service additionally participated with Starbucks Corp. and Nestlé S.A. in Valor Fairness Companions’ latest $595 million fundraising spherical for Valor Siren Ventures II L.P., a Chicago-based early stage enterprise capital fund, as MiBiz beforehand reported. 

“For 125 years, Gordon Meals Service has inspired our groups to influence the way forward for foodservice,” Wealthy Wolowski, president and CEO of Gordon Meals Service, stated in an announcement. “We’re excited to proceed that legacy by supporting our fifth cohort of rising firms pioneering contemporary approaches to varied challenges in our trade.”

The Meals Foundry accelerator program, based mostly in Chicago, is designed to “help, join, and propel” early stage firms which might be “disrupting and rethinking the meals trade,” in line with its web site. During the last 4 years, startups which have accomplished a cohort at Meals Foundry have gone on to lift greater than $65 million in enterprise capital funding. 

“Innovation is on the coronary heart of the whole lot we do at Relish Works and Gordon Meals Service,” Mandy Tahvonen, vp and managing director of Relish Works, stated in an announcement. “We’re dedicated to supporting and rising early-stage meals and foodservice companies by way of funding and progress alternatives and are excited to welcome our fifth cohort to our neighborhood.”

Meals Foundry additionally named three entrepreneurs in residence — Tiny Organics and Natives Rising co-founder Betsy Fore, HourWork co-founder Robert Snyder and ReSourceful founder Kyra Atekwana — to function mentors for the cohort. 

FreshPost follows within the footsteps of 86 Repairs Inc., which participated in an earlier cohort at Meals Foundry. The corporate, based in Grand Rapids by Joe Gallagher and Daniel Estrada, streamlines the end-to-end restore and upkeep course of for eating places. 

As properly, Pohl has prior expertise in beginning and rising enterprise capital-backed firms. He based Zipments Corp., a cellular supply service supplier that bought in 2015 to rival Silicon Valley-based Deliv. 

At Zipments, Pohl secured investments from the likes of Wakestream Ventures, Windquest Group, Grand Angels, Huron River Ventures, New York-based FirstMark Capital, and the New York Metropolis Financial Growth Corp., as MiBiz reported on the time.

Most lately, Pohl was concerned in Cubi Markets, a curbside market that fashioned throughout the pandemic for native meals producers. 

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