Slice, an innovative tech platform powering many of America’s local pizzerias, announced today the first 10 local pizzerias to participate in its Slice Accelerate program. Slice will provide this first cohort of shops $15,000 worth of technology and services to strengthen their businesses, helping to make them pandemic-proof and set up for future success by enabling them to compete against big pizza franchises.
These 10 shops are the first of 100 pizzerias to be announced as part of the Slice Accelerate initiative. Local restaurants that participated in a beta version of the program are already seeing significant results, according to a Slice press release. Their total sales have increased by more than 130 percent, and their digital sales have increased by 330 percent, the company said.
The 10 shops selected to be part of the first cohort include:
- Angelo’s Masonville Pizzeria & Ristorante (Mt. Laurel, New Jersey)
- Baggios Pizza Restaurant (Fort Lee, New Jersey)
- Bella Napoli Pizzeria (Phoenixville, Pennsylvania)
- Brooklyn Pizza & Kitchen (Haskell, New Jersy)
- Italian Touch Restaurant & Pizza (East Windsor, New Jersey)
- Lg’s Pizza & Pasta (Brick, New Jersey)
- Michaelangelo’s Pizza (Staten Island, New York)
- Rossville Pizza (Staten Island, New York)
- Spinachio Pizza (North Haledon, New Jersey)
- Stelton Pizza (Piscataway, New Jersey)
“We are thrilled to announce the first cohort of many in the Slice Accelerate program,” said Slice founder/CEO Ilir Seda, previewing his remarks at tomorrow’s Goldman Sachs Annual Private Innovative Company Conference. “By helping to digitally transform these businesses, we will be setting them up for success during the pandemic and beyond. Slice’s mission is to keep local thriving, and we are here to serve our community of 14,000 independent entrepreneurs with another layer of value, investment and mentorship to help these shops grow faster and be more profitable.”
Visit accelerate.slicelife.com for more information or to nominate your neighborhood pizzeria today.
This announcement adds to a number of initiatives Slice has launched to help small businesses since the start of the pandemic. Last month, Slice announced that it would remove its flat fee on small orders under $10 and eliminate $10 pickup minimums.
Since Slice Delivery was announced in May, 1,500 of Slice’s partner shops have signed up for this add-on service, benefiting those shops without in-house delivery while also allowing the pizzeria to set their own delivery pricing. Slice was one of the first to add contact-free delivery and cash-free ordering into its product to keep both restaurant workers and customers safe. In March, Slice launched Pizza vs. Pandemic with Slice Out Hunger, an initiative that continues to feed front line care workers while providing sizable orders to independent pizzerias, now in all 50 states.