YPC Technologies is a venture-backed startup in kitchen automation with the vision to make good food more accessible. We see recent technological advances in robotics and artificial intelligence as a chance for our society to return to the fresh preparation of healthy meals. Our robotic kitchen can prepare gourmet food at low cost with great consistency.
Gunnar Grass, Ph.D.
Kaunteya Nundy, MBA
Carolina Velandia, M. Eng.
Camilo Perez, Ph.D.
Gunnar holds a Ph.D. (Dr. rer. pol.) in finance and has lead research and consulting projects for the past 14 years 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 completed a year of mandatory civilian service (alternative to military service) serving meals in a retirement home. Gunnar was accepted into the ‘18 FounderFuel accelerator as a solo founder and was chosen as a NEXT Canada Founder in 2019.
Kaunteya earned his BSc in Biochemistry from McGill University while working in restaurants. He completed a Grande Diplome at Le Cordon Bleu in London (UK) before co-founding Joe Beef, where he worked as Head Chef, and helping to establish Liverpool House, two of Canada’s best restaurants. After graduating from his MBA studies at HEC Montreal in 2009 top of his class, Kaunteya turned to a career in finance during which he worked on food industry M&As and financings worth more than $2B as SVP of Cordiant Capital, a $2 billion emerging market private debt asset manager.
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 has a rare background in the three disciplines key in robotics: Mechanical, Electrical enginnering, and computer science. During his Ph.D. at the University of Alberta and his postdoc at the University of British Columbia, he used computer vision and machine learning to enable human-robot interaction. 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.