We've selected Chefshare as this year's final RISE 2023 Challenge runner-up, receiving a free patentability search and analysis. Erin Eatough, PhD and her team at Chefshare are on a mission to help modern families reclaim their most precious non-renewable resource of time and bring peace, connection, and joy back into weeknight dinners. Hooray! They do this through a service that will offer heat and serve meals specifically designed for busy modern families, from local area chefs. The approach uses customer-provided preference data, paired with chef-prepared weekly menus to cluster and match meal orders in order to reduce the price point of private chef services, making it more accessible.
Erin is a mother, psychologist, and start-up tech executive. She founded Chefshare after becoming fed up with the time-starvation in her own life as a working mother. After auditing her time, nightly dinner was the most consistent, daily demand - both cognitively and physically - getting in the way of spending more quality time during the busy week with her kids. After hiring a private chef, she realized firsthand the huge return on the investment of outsourcing not just the food but the deciding, inventorying, planning, cooking, and cleaning for nightly dinners. She founded Chefshare to make outsourcing this part of modern life more affordable and accessible for other families too.
Erin Eatough, Founder of Chefshare
Our thought bubble. As parents who'd prefer to be playing with our kids or doing something else rather than cooking dinner, Chefshare really resonates with us. More broadly, so many households do not like or have enough time to cook (or learn to cook!) and if you can create a good meal that is healthy and affordable, that’s a big win. We also appreciate Erin's local, stepwise approach to scaling the business model. We're excited to be a part of Erin's innovation journey and can't wait to be one of her first customers!
I am incredibly grateful for Aurora and the RISE award! This award is enabling me to get the foundational legal searches done for patentability potential in using technology to improve the lives of busy working families by outsourcing all things related to weekly family meals. Ashley and Josh not only have instrumentally done legal work to support this business but have supported me with encouragement to build something amazing!
– Erin Eatough, Ph.D.
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