Valentine’s Day has a habit of sneaking up on people, which is why you’ll often find the card section at your local Target filled with last-minute gift buyers. For those who don’t have the time for that, no worries, here are five VC-backed startups that can help:
The Bouqs Company
Introducing The Bouqs Company, an online retailer that delivers flowers from eco-friendly, sustainable farms. The California-based company raised a $24 million Series C just two weeks ago, securing a $88 million valuation in the process. Firms like Partech Ventures, Azure Capital Partners and KEC Ventures have invested in this blossoming enterprise.
Bloom & Wild
A last minute shopper but in the UK? The bad news is The Bouqs Company only delivers in the US. The good news is there’s Bloom & Wild, a startup that offers flower-delivery services throughout the United Kingdom, in some cases within two hours of ordering. The company just raised a £3.75 million investment led Burda Principal Investments, with participation from previous investors like MMC Ventures.
Alright, you planned the whole night out. You went to the grocery store, picked up dinner ingredients and prepped the perfect meal. Except one thing—you forgot the wine. Don’t sweat it, there’s Saucey, a VC-backed startup that delivers alcohol in under one hour. Founded in 2013, the company counts Blumberg Capital, Structure Capital and Altpoint Ventures, as well as Nick and Joe Jonas as investors.
Seeing as Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular holidays to eat out, it’s often hard to find a restaurant that’s A) available, and B) sounds delicious. Enter Reserve, a New York-based startup that offers a website where you can research restaurants in your area and book a reservation on the spot. The company has raised about $35 million in funding, most recently securing a $10 million Series B at the beginning of this month. VC investors include Expa, First Round Capital and Human Ventures.
Single and looking for someone to go out with on Valentine’s Day? If you’re willing to risk the potential awkwardness of a first date on February 14, we suggest checking out Zoosk, an online dating company that has raised over $60 million in venture capital. Offering both a website and mobile app, Zoosk boasts more than 35 million members and is available in over 80 countries. The company filed papers to go public in 2014 but rescinded those plans the following year. Existing Zoosk investors include ATA Ventures and Canaan Partners.