, the New York City-based technology company which was founded in Grand Rapids in 2011
, has announced that it has closed a $2.25 million seed round.
The firm, i
ntent on modernizing the same-day courier and delivery industry, offers its network of service providers advanced software tools to manage their businesses.
Zipments will use the funds to upgrade their technology systems, develop new apps and expand into new markets. The lead investors are Michigan-based Huron River Ventures,
with offices in Grand Rapids, and FirstMark Capita out of New York. Other investors of local note include the Windquest Group.
Garrick Pohl, co-founder of Zipments, says that although the headquarters (sales and operations) for Zipments is in New York, Grand Rapids is the home for their product development team, and ideally, he plans to add jobs here to support growth. "We were founded in Grand Rapids and our product development team is still in based in Grand Rapids. We have three people here now and continue to look to add more talent to the Grand Rapids office." Pohl says Zipments provides a great opportunity for developers looking for a challenge within a highly entrepreneurial organization.
The Zipments technology allows customers to make local pickup requests through the Zipments mobile app or on Zipments.com. The delivery requests are then automatically dispatched via the firm's mobile app to its network of couriers based on the type of transportation required (bike, car or truck) and the time in which the delivery needs to be performed.
To learn more about Zipments, you can view their site here
. You can also read the investment story from TechCrunch here.
Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor