Success Story



teaBOT co-founders Brian Lee and Rehman Merali

Engineering graduates Brian Lee and Rehman Merali co-founded teaBOT to bring fun, customized loose-leaf tea blends to on-the-go tea lovers. teaBOT allows customers to create their own blends using their smartphones or the kiosk’s touch screen interface and brews a personalized cup of tea in under a minute.

teaBOT was founded in 2013 when the idea was accepted to the University of Toronto’s Creative Destruction Lab. The start-up received SmartStart funding followed by support from OCE’s Market Readiness Program, which helped build its product and hire core team members.

In summer 2015 Lee and Merali completed the prestigious Y Combinator program in Silicon Valley, which attracted major investments from venture capitalists in the U.S. and Canada. The company has partnered with a leading food service provider to bring teaBOT kiosks to campuses this fall.

Return on Innovation

  • Employs six full-time staff and one co-op student
  • Recently closed a multimillion-dollar funding round

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