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VegBox

VegBox is changing the world using technology to enhance access to fast-casual, flavorful, healthy vegan meals.
Baltimore, 
MD
Investment type:
Equity
(Convertible Note )
 - $250,000
Minimum investment:​
$100
End date:
Apr 29, 2022
ended
Chef Roberta Lowe , Founder of VegBox is changing the world for the better. Her mission is to create healthy plant-based dishes with extraordinary flavor, increased accessibility through convenience by creating fast on the go options to match our busy lives.
Our Story

VegBox founder, Chef Roberta Lowe, had a goal to become a restaurateur offering amazing plant-based food that would wow the customers' experience. Her first step in realizing this goal was acquiring and operating a part-time mobile food cart under the brand of Roe’s Sandwiches, LLC. Ms. Lowe’s long-term goal was to expand the business to a dine-in restaurant that offers catering. In 2014, she expanded her business by offering a full-service catering business named “Blossoms Events and Catering LLC” to fit the new market she was serving. Blossoms Events and Catering LLC is now Doing Business As (DBA) VegBox. VegBox provides plant-based dishes that are fresh, fast, healthy, and have amazing flavor with the convenience of being a complete meal in a box. Today, our founder, the trained Vegan Chef Roberta Lowe, a pioneer in the vegan movement saw the need in her local community for a fast-casual restaurant experience focusing on amazingly seasoned whole plant vegan dishes. So the VegBox was born. Play video https://youtu.be/S50A32pKEyQClick here to play video https://youtu.be/S50A32pKEyQ The problem we are solving is, often individuals forfeit healthy options for unhealthy options because it’s quicker and more convenient. We understand that issue and our solution is a fast-casual restaurant that offers a unique menu based around individuals or groups to get a quick meal that gives them the option of having a fulfilling, healthy, deliciously flavored dish as quickly as you can get a gourmet burger. Play video https://youtu.be/EflHWPu5SccClick here to play video https://youtu.be/EflHWPu5Scc The average American in today's world is working longer hours, whether that's on our degree or longer office hours. Our 24-hour timeframe now consists of more than 16 hours of working on your degree, job or business, 2-4 hours of travel, and 4-6 hours of sleep. With a schedule like that, who has time to think, let alone cook three meals a day, including shopping for the meal. This is why convenience foods are becoming so popular. As of 2018, Americans spend over $50 Billion annually on fast food. The Quick Service Food industry is growing rapidly and by providing convenience to an always on the go customer base. It takes less than 10 minutes to pull up to a drive-through window and get a complete meal to go. Talk about convenience! Over 20% of American meals are eaten in cars, a concept that didn’t exist before fast food. Most of us, when taking a lunch break, get a 30-minute break, so convenience is our best option. You need your food prepared fast so you can eat it quickly. I get it! But the downside of this convenient "microwave" diet is that it is making us more and more unhealthy. 85.2% of people with T2D are overweight or obese. If present trends continue, it is estimated that 1 in 3 Americans will have diabetes by 2050. This is a very sobering fact! VegBox's goal is to innovatively marry the vegan food market to the Quick Service industry using technology! This means that traditional convenient fast food comes at a high cost. The cost is not paid at the drive-through window but in the suffering of chronic obesity-related diseases. According to the CDC from 1999 –2000 through 2017 –2018, US obesity prevalence increased from 30.5% to 42.4%. During the same time, the prevalence of severe obesity increased from 4.7% to 9.2%. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. These are among the leading causes of preventable, premature death. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion in 2018. Medical costs for people who had obesity were $1,429 higher than medical costs for people with a healthy weight. None of these facts and figures take into account the human suffering associated with these debilitating chronic obesity-related disorders. Chef Roberta before a vegan diet over 200 pounds to currently 165