A ROBOTIC SOUS CHEF
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Gunnar likes good food but lacks cooking skills. He builds the first version prototype at home.
Jens and Gunnar conduct numerous discussions with potential users and see significant potential.
We start drafting our patenting strategy.
We kick off a design sprint with a team of engineers to incorporate user feedback.
We obtain our first NSERC funding.
Bjoern joins as an investor and advisor with years of experience in building tech startups gained while working at BCG Digiventures.
We cook our first simple meal with two ingredients: Mashed potatoes – tasty!
We cook our first complex meal with nine ingredients: Saffron risotto with filet mignon. Too much white wine – but still delicious!
We submit our first provisional patent application.
We completely shift focus from B2C to B2B customers to help restaurants and cafeterias.
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.
We submit our first filing for SR&ED tax credits.
We are accepted into the FounderFuel program run by Real Ventures, Canada’s leading seed stage VC.
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