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Ordering and Payment Platform for the Food Supply Chain
In Mexico, there are over 600 thousand restaurants and spots where you can grab food.
These establishments contribute to more than 2 million jobs and account for approximately 12% of all businesses in the country.
However, 95% struggle to secure credit or lending access.
Let's dive in.
You decide to start a new venture and open a coffee shop.
As you settle in, you realize that profits are not as expected even though you have good sales.
Ordering products, receiving, and sending invoices, are all managed informally through personal WhatsApp, email, phone calls, and paper.
Additionally, you are using a spreadsheet to track and manage your inventory, COGS (Cost of Goods Sold), and expenses.
Managing operations is challenging, especially when considering opening additional coffee spots, whether a second or a third location.
Scaling like this is extremely hard and becoming too risky to operate independently.
With Ventup, you can efficiently and reliably handle most administration and operational tasks.
Explain it like I'm five
Ventup is a tech-enabled order management system and lending platform that empowers restaurants and suppliers.
They eliminate intermediaries in the industry, digitize communication, and reduce food waste.
Their payment platform facilitates using digital means of payment to generate a financial record.
Ventup has a unique credit score enables them to lend at a lower risk.
Founders aim to become the point of reference for buying and selling while being the industry's biggest lender.
Industries: FoodTech, FinTech
Headquarters: Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
Year Operations Started: 2021
Team Size: +40
Raised: USD 7M (raising seed extension)
Accelerator/Investors: JAM Fund, Luis Garza Sada, Alejandra Rios, XochiVentures & Angel investors.
Business Model: Fee per order SaaS Fee (usage-based) + Lending Fee (Revolving Credit & Factoring).
What we like:
Network Effects: According to Ventup, each restaurant works with 20-50 suppliers on average. When a restaurant adopts its platform, it can invite its suppliers to join for free. This creates a strong network effect, ultimately reducing the costs of acquiring new customers for VentUp.
Lending: Ventup has a unique credit score visibility for their clients, which allows them to analyze what rates to offer quickly and can lend them money to finance their operations. Founders claim they have successfully financed US $1M (+2k invoices) with their lending MVP (Minimum Viable Product).
Informality: Invoices are commonly shared through email or Whatsapp. VenTup offers a digitalized solution that streamlines the process and provides a comprehensive payment history. This facilitates credit and lending opportunities and ensures businesses have a reliable record of their transactions.
Traction: As reported by the founders, they currently have more than 2,500 active branches, with a GMV exceeding US $30M, 95,000 orders, and an impressive ARR growth of 114%.
Scalable: Ventup does not manage inventory, logistics, or warehouse. They aim to conquer communication in purchase orders and payment solutions.
Culture: Even with the rise of digital payments, cash culture still thrives in Mexico. Encouraging restaurant owners and suppliers, particularly those from older generations, to digitalize and adopt VentUp is a complex task.
Marketplace: Ventup needs to acquire users rapidly since marketplaces depend on volume. As well, marketplaces face various challenges, such as quality control, trust, safety, and have the marketing ability to attract both buyers and sellers to their platform.
Standards: Each restaurant has different requirements and expectations. Understanding the needs of each restaurant and having suitable suppliers for their tailor-made requirements is crucial for Ventup to build long-lasting relationships.
Alberto Sada, Co-Founder & CEO. MBA FGV. Previously @ DrinnkEat Solutions.
Alejandro Sherwell, Co-Founder & CPO. Previously @ Parrot.
Mario Romero, CCO. MBA Cornell. Previously @ Rappi.
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