ChowCentral, a Nigerian food delivery startup, was founded by Tosin Onafuye, who initially started 500Chow as an experiment to deliver affordable meals during the COVID-19 lockdown. After pivoting into a food marketplace but facing challenges, the team went separate ways. However, in August 2022, they regrouped and established ChowCentral, a central kitchen with two brands: 500Chow and Gregg's Grill. The platform allows customers to order meals, pay via an in-app wallet, and track orders. Unlike other platforms with multiple restaurants, ChowCentral focuses solely on its own brands for quality control. The startup received a pre-seed investment led by Ventures Platform and participated in Y Combinator's Summer 2023 batch. Despite challenges like rising food prices and logistics, ChowCentral is gaining traction in Lagos and plans to expand to other locations in Nigeria.
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