LOS ANGELES — Ready, Set, Food!, a company focused on childhood food allergy prevention, has raised $3 million in a second funding round led by Danone Manifesto Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Danone SA. Other investors include entrepreneur Mark Cuban and AF Ventures, formerly known as AccelFoods.
Founded in 2017, Ready, Set, Food! offers early allergen introduction systems to introduce peanut, milk and egg to babies to help prevent food allergies by adding a daily packet to a baby’s bottle or food. The company’s process may reduce the risk of developing food allergies by up to 80%, Ready, Set, Food! said.
“We founded Ready, Set, Food! to educate and bring awareness to parents everywhere that through early allergen introduction, we could significantly reduce the risk of developing food allergies,” said Daniel Zakowski, chief executive officer and co-founder of Ready, Set, Food! “We are thrilled to be partnering with Danone Manifesto Ventures and Mark Cuban to bring critically needed attention to food allergies. Danone is one of the world's top infant nutrition companies, and we look forward to leveraging our strong relationship with the Danone Manifesto Ventures team and Mark Cuban to further our work toward helping to prevent babies from developing most severe food allergies.”
Ready, Set, Food! was developed by a team of physicians and parents and is advised by allergy experts, including pediatric allergist Jonathan Spergel, MD, PhD, and Gary Rachelefsky, MD, the past president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.
“Health starts from the early days of life and as a result, we are excited to partner with Ready, Set, Food! and join them on their mission to reduce food allergies through the early introduction of simple, high-quality food allergens,” said Laurent Marcel, CEO of Danone Manifesto Ventures. “Ready, Set, Food! has an outstanding team passionately committed to supporting even more parents in further reducing food allergies among babies. We look forward to working closely with them — alongside Mark Cuban and other investors — to advance their important vision and help enhance the health of future generations.”
Ready, Set, Food! recently launched new Peanut Only and Peanut + Egg early allergen introduction systems. The Peanut Only system benefits families who have children with existing, diagnosed milk and egg allergies and the Peanut + Egg system benefits families who have children with an existing, diagnosed milk allergy.