In 2015 while studying for her MBA program, Saavor Co-founder and CEO Poonam Vasantha Kumar felt the urge for a home cooked meal. Not just any meal, a meal that took her back home. Her craving and desire for home cooked meal while away from home made her realize the need for such a platform. In 2019 with the help of her aunt Dr. Suneetha Thota, Poonam brought this idea to life. The idea that an app can cater to the culinary desires of anyone, anytime, is what intrigued Dr. Thota who created the right recipe for the company to be formed.
Saavor started out with an idea to connect home-chefs to consumers in their neighborhood via its mobile application platforms. The company had a successful pilot round during the first quarter of 2020. When COVID-19 hit strongly in Late March, Saavor noticed changes in its consumer habits and behaviors. In our effort towards strategic reorientation during the second quarter of 2020, the company started providing meal boxes towards health care workers and applied to several New York City’s federal government contracts. During this time, we noticed a lot of gaps/opportunities in the food industry that needed to be addressed, and hence were able to pivot our business model successfully. We will continue to license out our technology to companies that can use our platform efficiently and only include the first business model if the environment is favorable.