Food delivery start-up Manna has raised $ 25 million in a Series A funding series led by Draper Esprit, with participation from Team Europe, DST Global, and participation from existing investors that Dynamo Ventures, Atlantic Bridge, and Elkstone.
Based in Ireland, Manna designs, builds, and operates unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that perform rapid delivery of food, grocery and pharmacy supplies up to 3kgs.
Autonomous delivery allows a single Manna employee who manages multiple drones to operate nearly 20 deliveries per hour – 10 times the number that can be done with traditional road -based delivery. According to a statement from Manna, the service is quieter, greener, faster, respects privacy and is safer than road -based alternatives.
Its current service path in Galway represents the largest drone delivery trial of its kind in the world. The drone hub supports more than 100 retrieval deliveries a day directly to the homes of the town’s nearly 10,000 residents.
Manna has also signed partnerships with brands and retailers, including JustEat, Samsung, Ben & Jerry’s and Tesco.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has forced consumers around the world to re-evaluate how they source their goods and opened our eyes to the fragility of our supply chains,” said Bobby Healy, CEO & founder of Manna. “There is a huge appetite for a greener, quieter, safer and faster service delivery, and we are excited to use the fresh funding round to expand operations and offer our service to more customers. We are already working with our partners to deliver grocery products, takeaway and pharmaceutical supplies, and as we continue to measure our fleet of drones we will also begin to support critical medical deliveries. “
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