YPC Technologies is a venture-backed startup in kitchen automation with the vision to make good food more accessible by enabling personalized cooking next to consumers at minimal cost. We see recent technological advances in robotics and data science as a chance for our society to return to the fresh preparation of healthy meals. Our robotic kitchens can prepare gourmet food at low cost with great consistency.
Gunnar Grass, Ph.D.
Carolina Velandia, M. Eng.
Camilo Perez, Ph.D.
Gunnar holds a Ph.D. (Dr. rer. pol.), in finance. Prior to founding YPC, he led research and consulting projects for 1 1/2 decades as a researcher at HEC Montreal, the Wharton School, and New York University. Among others, he worked for Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Börse, RWE, and World Wide Hearing and for one year served meals in a retirement home. Gunnar completed the FounderFuel accelerator and is a NEXT Canada Founder.
Carolina studied industrial engineering at the Universidad de Los Andes and l’École des Mines de Saint-Étienne, as well as Master in Business Strategy and Management at ESSEC. She gained more than ten years of experience in sales and business development at L’Oreal, BCG, CMR - a large restaurant group, and SSENSE, among others working on: product assortment, revenue management, personalization of customer experience and performance marketing.
Camilo studied mechanical and electrical engineering and computer science. He completed a Ph.D. and postdoc at the Universities of Alberta and British Columbia, where he used computer vision and machine learning for human-robot collaboration. He gained work experience at the German Space Agency, Postmates X, JDQ Systems, Kinova Robotics, and as an award-winning co-founder of a startup in agricultural automation with sales across the Americas.