WINSTON-SALEM – The Winston-Salem startup Neighbor, Inc. has raised an additional $200,000 in debt funding from three investors, and the round could end up being as large as $500,000, according to an SEC filing.

The company, which raised about $1 million in March 2020, at the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, is the developer of SWIPEBY.

A platform the company calls “turnkey” and a “customer arrival platform” on its website, is the core offering.

The platform uses location technology and enables retail providers an option to become a “virtual drive-thru” based on designated arrival zones.

Revenue is generated by the company for the use of the platform, and the website states that pricing is 1.8% plus 15 cents per order and a 99 cent fixed fee for delivery.

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On a mission, and hiring

“We are on a mission to bring more convenience to suburban America by turning anything into a drive-thru,” the company’s jobs website states.  The company is currently hiring in Greensboro, Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Ft. Lauderdale, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, and in many locations in Central and South America, among others.  The company maintains an office in Miami, Fla., according to its website.

Earlier this month, the company announced it would partner with some Quality Marts to pilot its technology solution in the convenience store market.

“It is pretty clear that the trend toward greater demand for ordering-to-curbside pickup due to societal and convenience issues is pushing us to think broader and more outside the box in terms of our type of retail technology,” said Carl Turner, SWIPEBY’s CEO and founder, in a statement.  “There are so many applications for it and we feel these pilots with large convenience store chains will say a lot to the market.”

The company was founded in 2019 in Winston-Salem and opened the Miami office in 2021.

Contact with the company could not be made prior to the publication of this story.