Kitopi, the smart kitchen operator, has raised $60m in new funding led by Lumia Capital. 

Kitopi was founded in Dubai in 2018 and now operates 30 cloud kitchens across the UK, US and Middle East.

Its city sites prepare meals for customers using delivery apps such as Uber Eats and Deliveroo.

Its latest financing was led by Lumia Capital, which previously invested in Careem, the Dubai-based ride-hailing group bought by Uber for $3bn, and Knollwood.

Kitopi did not provide a specific valuation.

Mohamad Ballout, co-founder and CEO, said: “This is an exciting space and we are humbled to work with world-class investors who share a unified vision on how we can team up with restaurants to revolutionize the food industry. This investment is a big win for our restaurant partners, as well as the hundreds of thousands of customers who can continue to access their favorite dishes.”

Ballout believes the dark kitchen can provide an a solution to the food delivery’s profitability problem, by creating tech-enabled efficiencies in a dedicated delivery-only kitchens.

Kitopi leases properties and staffs kitchens, and restaurants then provide Kitopi with menus and recipes.

Partners include PizzaExpress.