This post originally appeared on the Louisiana Technology Park blog.
Baton Rouge-based food-delivery service Indie Plate’s plan to seek a regional presence in the rapidly growing meal-kit market took the $1,000 prize at the recent Baton Rouge Pitch Night event.
Indie Plate began as a grocery-delivery company, providing fresh, locally sourced produce, meats and other products to homes, but last year the company switched directions and jumped into the meal-kit delivery market.
Indie Plate has differentiated itself by offering food boxes with prepped and chopped ingredients to shorten cooking times for creating wholesome and flavorful meals at home — all while maintaining its commitment to source food from local sustainable producers. “The idea is when you get home at 8 o’clock on a weeknight, meals from your fridge to your table just takes a couple of minutes,” says co-founder and CEO Peru Sharma. “It’s fresh, it’s delicious, it’s healthy, it’s really easy.”
Sharma said Indie Plate is looking for venture capital to purchase software and equipment, fund more free trials and expand into the New Orleans and Lafayette markets. The company’s long-term goal is to be the leading meal kit delivery service in the Southeast United States.