HOW WE STARTED
teaBOTTM was founded in 2013 to make tea fun and customizable. The inspiration for speed and convenience came from watching customers walk away from long lines at our co-founder’s family tea store. The inspiration for personalization came from listening to our customers. We developed this technology to let our customers blend their own tea and explore new flavors without waiting in line.
The idea was accepted into Rotman’s Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) at the University of Toronto where we developed into a company with a prototype in a matter of months. After graduating from the CDL, we joined MaRS JOLT where we completed our first consumer-facing machine and tested at several sites around Toronto. After being funded by UTIAS Start and the Ontario Centres of Excellence, we joined Y Combinator and launched across North America.
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