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Twenty Tables - A DC-Based, $6 Lunch App with Donations to Charities


Count Bobulescu

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Had never heard of them before, wondering if anyone has tried and has comments. $6 lunches that you pick up or eat in, with a portion of proceeds going to charity. Seems like a win win especially as it adds restaurants. You have to work or live near a participating restaurant to make it worthwhile.
 
They've been selected as a "Finalist Alternative" whatever that means, at SXSW.
 
 
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Good news.

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Local meal marketplace startup TwentyTables was upgraded from an alternate to a finalist for the SXSW pitch competition, meaning it is now one of 50 startups from around the globe that will take the big stage and pitch in front of the Hyper Connected Communities panel. TwentyTables, a recent 50 on Fire winner, is the only startup from D.C. in this year's competition and the first from the DMV in three years. Read more here.

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TwentyTables is re-imagining the relationship between patrons, restaurants, and the food insecure.  TwentyTables first of its kind mobile marketplace of $6 fixed-cost lunches empowers the 50% of consumers who brown-bag their lunch everyday to rediscover the convenience of professionally prepared food. The predictability of our price point allows budget-conscious consumers to plan ahead, and restaurants to choose and prep profitable meals.  
 
But TwentyTables not only reopens restaurants to marginalized consumers and drives precious in-store foot traffic, we also help those who can't afford to feed themselves.  For every 20 meals purchased, TwentyTables donates 5, so that as we grow so does the benefit to communities around us.  And from city to city, as we scale, so will the impact we make.  
 
Affordable meals for patrons; increased business for restaurants; help feed the hungry.  Join our Community of Food!
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22 minutes ago, TwentyTables said:
TwentyTables is re-imagining the relationship between patrons, restaurants, and the food insecure. 

Welcome, TwentyTables, and thank you for joining us (note to readers: I asked TwentyTables to join our website, and to provide us with more information - feel free to post your thoughts and questions here). Cheers, Rocks

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TwentyTables Nabs SXSW Hardware

Local meal marketplace startup TwentyTables was pretty pumped to be selected as an alternate for the renowned SXSW Pitch competition. As the date came closer, a company dropped out, propelling the DMV's only 2019 entrant to a finalist spot in the Hyper-Connected Communities category for the main competition. Last night, TwentyTables had fortune on their side once again, winning the $1K cross-category award Best Bootstrap for having "done the most with the least." Read more here.

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TwentyTables Hungry for Funds

D.C.-based TwentyTables, the maker of a web platform with $6 meals from local restaurants, is looking to move beyond Greater Washington by opening a mid-six-figures funding round, the WBJ reports. That funding would solidify the company’s operations in the D.C. area, founder and CEO Alex Cohen told the Biz Journal, before a Series A round of $3M-5M marked for expansion costs.

The momentum follows a successful trip to SXSW in Austin where TwentyTables – the only DMV company in the event's pitch competition – took home the “Best Bootstrap” prize. It was founded in 2017 with an initial $300K raised, and without raising more capital grew from five restaurants on the platform in January 2018 to more than 100 now. Read more from the WBJ. [subscriber content].

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Didn't feel this was worth a thread yet, so thought I'd park it here for now. I'm less interested in these companies for their culinary attractions, more for their business plans.

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Kieran: The spotlight today is on D.C.'s foodies, as two startups take major steps toward national recognition.

Snack makers Ayoba-Yo and Snacklins both are participating in competitions this week that may propel their brands to new heights.

Rockville, Md.-based Snacklins, which makes vegan pork rind snacks – yes, you read that correctly – is appearing on ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ on Sunday in search of an investment deal.

The company’s co-founder, Samy Kobrosly, will pitch the company’s low-calorie mushroom- and yuca-based chip during the fourth episode of the shows 11th season.

Snacklins was rated among the top food trends of 2019 by Whole Foods, and it’s currently available on Amazon, at Whole Foods in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, some Walmart stores and several 7-Eleven stores in Los Angeles, among other shops.

But what about a meatier snack?

Ayoba-Yo, a South African-style meat snacks company based in Fairfax, was announced as a finalist for Amazon’s first-ever Small Business Spotlight Awards.

Co-founded by brothers Wian and Emile van Blommestein, who grew up in South Africa, Ayoba-Yo makes an alternative to traditional beef jerky with air-dried meat snacks known as biltong  and droewors.

If it wins, the 4-year-old meat snack startup will receive account management services, advertising credits and a trip to Amazon’s Seattle headquarters. The recognition follows Ayoba-Yo going through the inaugural incubator class for Kraft Heinz Springboard last year.


Read more: 'Shark Tank,' Amazon Competitions Spotlight 2 DC Food Startups

 

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16 hours ago, Count Bobulescu said:

Co-founded by brothers Wian and Emile van Blommestein, who grew up in South Africa, Ayoba-Yo makes an alternative to traditional beef jerky with air-dried meat snacks known as biltong  and droewors.

The Biltong is addictive.  Really good.

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TwentyTables is working to Feed the Front Lines, and needs your help!  Two weeks ago we launched a GoFundMe campaign to provide front line health care workers free meals, sponsored by our Community - and, in that short period, we’ve raised over $12,500, enough to provide 1,800 meals to local DC Hospitals. We’ve so far distributed meals to Howard U Hospital, GWU Hospital, Sibley Memorial, Children’s National and more!  And we need your help!

Your spirit and compassion make an impact. And we need that impact to continue our common cause: To support those who support us in our greatest time of need. 

Please consider donating to our Feed the Front Line Campaign: bit.ly/feedthefrontlines

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