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TinMen, an Alternative to Mumbai’s Dabbawalas, raises funds from MAPE Advisory, others

The working people coming out from their hometowns for the jobs in the city face a common problem that is the availability of home-made and healthy food. Tinmen start-up serves those people providing them food every day by the help of a team of home-chefs.

Tinmen is a tech-driven food start-up founded by Mukesh Manda, a graduate from IIT-Kharagpur and Chaitanya Degala, an alumni of Oxford Said Business School, in August 2015 and operated by Vicinia Retail Pvt. Ltd in Hyderabad. Before starting this start-up, Degala worked at the companies like CRISIL and Deloitte and Manda at Oracle and Amazon.

Degala said about his start-up, “We provide home-cooked meals, which make it affordable and something that can be eaten every day.” And Manda also described the start-up saying,

“We have a product which fits perfectly into the gap in the online food ordering for customers who are value and quality-conscious. Our startup has built all of its technology in-house and we have learned from the multiple challenges of the food + technology space over the last year.”

It claims to serve the professionals in Hyderabad with around 8000 lunches, every month, without charging any extra fee as delivery charges.

Recently the start-up has secured funds from MAPE Advisory Group and Lead Angels, its lead investor, not revealing the exact amount during its second round of funding. The start-up will use these funds in the expansion of its services to other cities and in acquiring more workers and chefs.

The company connects to the client with the help of an app based on Android and iPhone where customers can order or book the food on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. It makes easier for the customers to find the food that fits their choice, taste, and budget. Customers pay to it through a wallet available on the app. The feature for the willing chefs to apply is also available on it. It’s all like providing food to people through a virtual canteen. It started its services only just for Rs. 50 per lunch. Currently, it has around 100 home-chefs as its working team and is looking forward to acquiring more.

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