All natural, fresh, and healthy. Heliponix is paving the way towards self-grown vegetables at home or even anywhere.
Startup Heliponix is bringing farming back to home through the incorporation of automation. Started back in 2016 by two Purdue University undergraduates, Scott Massey and John Kissel, Heliponix is revolutionizing farming as we know it.
Leading this revolution is Heliponix’s game changing invention: the “GroPod“. GroPods are portable pod like chambers that offer a variety of plants a closed-off environment to grow. Connected to the internet, GroPods communicate through Heliponix’s IoT software to ensure plant growth. From seed to maturity, the entire process is automated and can be controlled by a simple app on the phone. Best of yet, GroPods save water, save energy, don’t require pesticides, and eventually pay for itself in a few years.
Not only is Heliponix revolutionizing farming, but they are also pursing ambitious social goals such as solving world hunger. Recently, Heliponix visited Cameron, Congo, in Africa to help with solving food shortages caused by the combination of the dry climate and the massive influx of refugees. In a place plagued by drought and wide stretches of desert, Heliponix shared with locals on how to create low-cost hydroponic farms.
Since their founding, Heliponix has competed in numerous venture competitions such as Purdue University’s Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition and ultimately winning first place in the Black Divison for a grand prize of $25,000. Currently Heliponix is involved in the Purdue Foundry, an accelerator program for startups. They’re working on expanding commercialization and are actively looking for more ways to change the world of agriculture.
To learn more about Heliponix and their mission, visit their website in the link below.