A ROBOTIC SOUS CHEF
FOR RESTAURANTS

YPC Technologies is a Montreal based startup in food robotics with the vision to make good food more accessible. We are doing this by enabling restaurants, hotels, and other foodservice businesses to integrate highly individualized, miniature-scale robotic automation into their processes, allowing them to prepare better food at lower cost. In a sense, we are building a robotic sous chef for fresh cooking.

Our Technology

Ingredient storage
Ingredient Storage

Our storage units host hundreds of ingredients, enabling our system to produce a large variety of different meals without the need to add ingredients.

Our system tracks the inventory live and can order missing ingredients based on the predicted demand for recipes.

Robotics and AI

The robotic arm at the center of our system connects food storage to cooking devices. It can access all ingredients and dispense the required quantities in the cooking area.

We use a combination of traditional sensor technology together with computer vision and reinforcement learning to ensure precision and consistency at maximum speed.


Smart Cooking

Cooking is extremely complex. We keep things simple. Instead of  teaching a robot how to cook, we leverage already existing smart cooking technologies used in Michelin starred restaurants worldwide.

SAMPLE MENU

YPC can prepare a large variety of dishes, such as the ones shown in our sample menu. This is just a small choice of what we can do. YPC can cook thousands of restaurant quality meals at rates of more than 100 meals per hour. The high flexibility of our technology allows our customers to cook the recipes of their existing menu, rather than choosing from a given set of feasible items.

YPC menu

About Us

Founder

Gunnar Grass

CEO, Founder, Inventor

CURRENT TEAM

Nicholas Nadeau

Computer Vision, Control System

Jianing Sun

AI, Control System

Daniele Bercovici

Computer Vision

Ketan Rampurkar

Web development

Gaspard Nahmias

Computer Vision

Edelvays Cherchelanov

Mechanical Design

Ksenia Kordonsky

Administrative Support

INVESTORS

Dr. Jens Burchardt

Bjoern Ewers

YPC Timeline

2016
Ideation

April 2016
Gunnar likes good food but lacks cooking skills. He builds the first version prototype at home.

2016
B2C market validation

Summer 2016
Jens and Gunnar conduct numerous discussions with potential users and see significant potential.

2016
IP Protection

Summer 2016
We start drafting our patenting strategy.

2016
Incorporation

October 2016

2016
Start of R&D

October 2016
We kick off a design sprint with a team of engineers to incorporate user feedback.

2017
Grants

May 2017
We obtain our first NSERC funding.

2017
Team

May 2017
Bjoern joins as an investor and advisor with years of experience in building tech startups gained while working at BCG Digiventures.

2017
B2C Prototype milestone

June 2017
We cook our first simple meal with two ingredients: Mashed potatoes – tasty!

2017
B2C Prototype milestone

August 2017
We cook our first complex meal with nine ingredients: Saffron risotto with filet mignon. Too much white wine – but still delicious!

2017
IP Protection

August 2017
We submit our first provisional patent application.

2017
Business model

September 2017
We completely shift focus from B2C to B2B customers to help restaurants and cafeterias.

2018
Accelerator

January 2018
We start Centech’s Accelerate program at the Ecole de Technologie Superieure at which a variety of robotics firms including Kinova and Robotiq have their roots and which hosts one of the world’s leading centers for research on collaborative robotics.

2018
Tax credits

March 2018
We submit our first filing for SR&ED tax credits.

2018
Accelerator

April 2018
We are accepted into the FounderFuel program run by Real Ventures, Canada’s leading seed stage VC.

Contact Us

We are here

Suite 102, Notman House
51 Sherbrooke St W,
Montreal, QC, H2X 1X2
Email: info@ypc-technologies.com

Photo credits: Notman house

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