The company, which is based in Belmont, MA, launches armed with $2.3 million in financing from a slew of high-rollers (more on that below).
SaveWave will take over the technology and operations that power Upromise’s all-digital grocery coupons and plans the introduction of a white-label program for consumer packages goods brands, retailers, membership programs, and media companies to deliver nationwide grocery rewards.
The startup plans to launch this white label platform for select partners in the coming months. It will also feature mobile applications for consumers to activate coupons from their smartphones, enabling them to reach consumers at the grocery store looking for deals.
SaveWave manages Upromise’s grocery service, a program through which Upromise’s 12+ million members can earn college savings rewards by activating grocery offers online and redeeming them through their supermarket and drug store loyalty cards, saving them the hassle of clipping or printing coupons.
With 22,000 partner stores nationwide, SaveWave’s platform is able to work with what they say constitutes the largest network of retailers enabling digital coupons in the United States, straight from the get-go.
Coinciding with its public launch, SaveWave has scored a $2.3 million Series A funding round led by Flybridge Capital Partners and First Round Capital with participation from Founder Collective, IA Ventures and several angel investors, including Ron Conway and Upromise founder, former Chairman and CEO Michael Bronner.
As part of the funding, Jeff Bussgang, a general partner at Flybridge and co-founder and former President of Upromise, First Round Capital’s Josh Kopelman, and Upromise President, David Coppins, will join SaveWave’s Board of Directors.
SavingStar is the first national, fully digital, grocery eCoupon service, available for free at http://savingstar.com and on iPhone and Android mobile apps. There’s nothing to clip, nothing to print. Providing exclusive eCoupons redeemable at over 24,000 grocery and drug stores throughout the country, SavingStar’s eCoupons are linked to customers’ loyalty cards and offer a more convenient and eco-friendly way to save on groceries than paper grocery coupons. SavingStar automatically adds the value of each eCoupon redeemed into users’ SavingStar accounts,...