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Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: simona@romania-insider.com 

 

 

 

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Romanian startup combating food waste raises EUR 800,000 for expansion

Romanian startup bonapp.eco, which aims to combat food waste with an app connecting consumers to food suppliers, has raised EUR 800,000 from French group Up (formerly known as Cheque-Dejeuner), Romanian VC funds ROCA X and Early Game Ventures, and from Hungary-based Impact Ventures.

The seed funding, which comes two months after the launch of the app, is meant to support the startup’s sales and marketing efforts to expand to other Romanian cities in the coming months, starting with Cluj, Timișoara and Iași, as well as to other countries in Eastern Europe.

The app was launched by French serial entrepreneur and business angel Grégoire Vigroux, alongside former KPMG senior tech consultant Diego Roy de Lachaise and former Apple executive Zsolt Kadar. 

The app connects consumers to retailers to sell food that is close to the expiration date. Through this app, the food is sold to consumers at discounts ranging from 40% to 80%. The app, available on iOS and Android, currently allows users to buy food by card from a network of affiliated partners in Bucharest, including supermarkets, hypermarkets, restaurants, shops, bakeries, coffee shops and hotels.

Among the 100 partners in bonapp.eco’s network in Bucharest are Accor, Cora, foodpanda, Penny Romania and Starbucks, with further partnerships due to be announced in the first quarter of this year.

The startup said it was in the process of hiring large sales teams and city managers in each city it plans to reach. It plans to affiliate 5,000 locations and sell 30 million meals by 2023.

“At bonapp.eco, we intend to transform the environmental, economic and social challenges caused by food waste into a sustainable business opportunity to the benefit of everyone. With our app, consumers save up to 80% when purchasing food; retailers increase their number of clients and revenue; thus, we all have a positive impact on climate change,” co-founder Grégoire Vigroux said.

Serial entrepreneur Grégoire Vigroux is also a shareholder of the company that owns the Romania-Insider.com website.

(Photo courtesy of the company)

simona@romania-insider.com

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Simona Fodor
Senior Editor

Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: simona@romania-insider.com 

 

 

 

The Positive Romania section on Romania Insider is proudly sponsored by BRD - Groupe Société Générale

 

BRD

 

 

Romanian startup combating food waste raises EUR 800,000 for expansion

Romanian startup bonapp.eco, which aims to combat food waste with an app connecting consumers to food suppliers, has raised EUR 800,000 from French group Up (formerly known as Cheque-Dejeuner), Romanian VC funds ROCA X and Early Game Ventures, and from Hungary-based Impact Ventures.

The seed funding, which comes two months after the launch of the app, is meant to support the startup’s sales and marketing efforts to expand to other Romanian cities in the coming months, starting with Cluj, Timișoara and Iași, as well as to other countries in Eastern Europe.

The app was launched by French serial entrepreneur and business angel Grégoire Vigroux, alongside former KPMG senior tech consultant Diego Roy de Lachaise and former Apple executive Zsolt Kadar. 

The app connects consumers to retailers to sell food that is close to the expiration date. Through this app, the food is sold to consumers at discounts ranging from 40% to 80%. The app, available on iOS and Android, currently allows users to buy food by card from a network of affiliated partners in Bucharest, including supermarkets, hypermarkets, restaurants, shops, bakeries, coffee shops and hotels.

Among the 100 partners in bonapp.eco’s network in Bucharest are Accor, Cora, foodpanda, Penny Romania and Starbucks, with further partnerships due to be announced in the first quarter of this year.

The startup said it was in the process of hiring large sales teams and city managers in each city it plans to reach. It plans to affiliate 5,000 locations and sell 30 million meals by 2023.

“At bonapp.eco, we intend to transform the environmental, economic and social challenges caused by food waste into a sustainable business opportunity to the benefit of everyone. With our app, consumers save up to 80% when purchasing food; retailers increase their number of clients and revenue; thus, we all have a positive impact on climate change,” co-founder Grégoire Vigroux said.

Serial entrepreneur Grégoire Vigroux is also a shareholder of the company that owns the Romania-Insider.com website.

(Photo courtesy of the company)

simona@romania-insider.com

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