Stellar Pizza, a mobile pizza restaurant powered by robots, has secured $16.5 million in a Series A funding round, led by rapper Jay-Z’s venture capital firm, Marcy Venture Partners.
Previous fundraising rounds, led by Root Ventures with participation from Crosslink Capital and Collaborative Fund, raised a total of $9 million.
The start-up, which is led by former SpaceX engineers, Benson Tsai, Brian Langone and James Wahawisan, says the funds will be used to make strategic internal investments ahead of its launch at the University of Southern California this autumn.
Stellar Pizza is an automated, robotic pizza truck that aims to serve high-quality pizzas at affordable prices. Consumers can use an app to order their pizza, immediately after which, a ball of dough is dispensed from an integrated refrigerator and pressed into a circular shape.
Homemade sauce and fresh toppings are added and the pizza is sent to a 900°F oven. Once it has finished cooking, a conveyor retrieves it from the oven where it is sliced and packaged. The company says its mobile restaurant has the capacity to make 420 pizzas, with a single pizza taking less than five minutes to prepare.
Stellar Pizza is currently building a fleet of mobile restaurants with hopes of becoming a nationwide brand in the incoming years.
By Sian Yates
Currently chief executive of GreenV – an international group of companies active in the horticultural sector – van Karnebeek spent a large portion of his career at Heineken, working in commercial, marketing and general management positions. He served as chief commercial officer at the Dutch brewer from 2015 until 2021.
The facility combines the existing Kerry office in Barcelona with a new customer suite and application labs. It will enable the company to work more closely with its customers in Southern Europe to develop food and beverage solutions.
The sweet and culinary flavor creation labs are the latest addition to the company’s expansive campus that has been in operation since 1964, spanning more than 312,150 square feet in Brabrand, Denmark. The innovation hub is home to more than 400 employees engaged in research, application development, ingredient and flavor creation.