The Slovenian start-up has the ambition to stir up the Polish HoReCa industry. Operating since 2021, Valentina Metez’s company is developing an innovative platform connecting restaurants, hotels, shops and even schools with local farmers and food distributors. So far, the company has been developing mainly on the Slovenian market, where it quickly acquired over 300 customers, becoming a leader in the automation of local gastronomy. Then it moved its headquarters to Great Britain to develop its business in Europe from there. Now, thanks to the support of investors, the company is preparing expansion on the Vistula River.
The Proky.io platform, digitizing gastronomy, is already operating in Wrocław and Warsaw, and has collaborated with, among others, with Żabka, Happy Fish and Meet & Eat stores. Now, it is expanding its offer with further locations in our country: Kraków, Łódź and Katowice.
Proky.io digitizes supply chains and automates processes with AI. Provides clients with market and sales analytics. As Metez points out, restaurateurs and hoteliers can track orders on the platform and place them in bulk with just a few clicks. They can choose their suppliers and individual products in the search engine, also among unregistered users. On the other hand, the Slovenian platform is to help buyers streamline the sales process.
Valentiny is counting on attracting investors. So far, the money for business development has been provided by the founders themselves (EUR 200,000), and a grant from the Slovenian Enterprise Fund has also turned out to be helpful. The start-up has been accelerated under Google for Startups, and now it is targeted by a Polish venture capital fund – last year. Wrocław-based Unfold.vc acquired convertible bonds worth nearly PLN 1 million. Proky.io plans to carry out an investment round, the funds from which would go to the development of the mobile application, as well as the development of new platform functionalities and the expansion of the sales team in Poland.