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Vending machine tech provider Invenda raises $19M

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Mar 14, 2023

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Invenda, a Switzerland-based technology provider for vending machines, has raised a $19 million Series B round, its founder and CEO Jon Brezinski tells Axios exclusively.

Why it matters: The vending machine market was worth $17 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow to more than $28 billion by 2030.

Of note: In all, there are some 15 million vending machines in the world, Brezinski says.

  • High-end versions in Japan even offer customers selections such as caviar and wagyu beef, Bloomberg reports.

Details: The funding was led by Point Break Capital Management with participation from existing investor Mutschler Ventures.

  • Proceeds will be invested in the development of Invenda's cloud-based solutions, hiring and expansion into the U.S. market, Brezinski says.
  • While the CEO declined to comment on the company's valuation, he said the Series B was an up round.
  • Invenda, which began raising the round last May and received commitments in October, expected the valuation to double, but instead it increased by less than 20%, he says.

How it works: Invenda's operating system is built using Microsoft Windows as the backbone and works for smart fridges and micro market kiosks, alongside vending machines.

  • The platform encompasses Invenda Cloud, from which a fleet of vending machines can be controlled from a central location; InvendaOS, an operating system for point-of-sale devices; and Invenda Wallet, an app that enables mobile shopping and loyalty programs.
  • The platform can be used for everything from controlling the temperature to save on electricity, to identifying expired products.

Flashback: Before founding the business in 2017, Brezinski conducted market research with support from Intel, and discovered few machines at the time had tech embedded inside them.

  • Innovation was limited to providing manufacturers with brighter lightbulbs or an out-of-home digital advertising screen to place on the front of the machine, he explains.
  • In Europe, even the idea that a customer would pay with a credit card at a vending machine was questioned at that time, Brezinski says.
  • Though not a large market for Intel, it was an opportunity for the chip manufacturer as well as the budding entrepreneur.

By the numbers: The company has been doubling its revenue over the last three years and plans to double it again this year, Brezinski says, though he declined to comment further.

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