San Francisco startup 6SensorLabs announced on Thursday it has secured $9.2 million during a series funding round as it prepares to expand its consumer food technology products. The round was led by Foundry Group, with participation from Upfront Ventures, SoftTech VC, SK Ventures, Lemnos Labs, Mitch Kapor and Matt Rogers, founder of Nest.
6SensorLabs recently became TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield 2016 winner and received $50,000 for its product, Nima, a device that will quickly and accurately test liquids and solids for gluten. The company also revealed in its Series A news that it will now operate under Nima to consolidate into a single, cohesive identity, effective immediately.
Shireen Yates, CEO and co-founder of Nima, stated:
“This round of funding will allow Nima to deliver on its mission of creating a range of devices that test food for various proteins and substances beyond gluten, helping as many people as possible live their healthiest lives. The Nima brand is widely accepted and synonymous with our company and products, and this focus will strengthen our marketing approach as we prepare to launch new products on the Nima platform.”
Brad Feld, managing director of Foundry Group, who will have a seat on Nima’s board of directors, added:
“Options for understanding what’s in our food are minimal, and Nima has the vast potential to fulfill a visceral need in the food transparency sector. Nima leverages human computer interaction to provide the community with better data about our food to potentially save lives – in five years, we’ll wonder how we ever lived without it.”
The company stated it will use the funding to fuel the development and release of food sensors for peanut and milk already slated for release in 2017, R&D on additional proteins and substances, as well as ramp its software and services side of the business via its connected mobile app. It is now preparing its final round of beta testing before it ships to consumers later this year.
To date, Nima has raised a total of $14 million, which includes financing from original investors Upfront Ventures, SoftTech VC, SK Ventures, Lemnos Labs and Mitch Kapor.
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