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Scott Massey

Founder & CEO

Scott is a senior at Purdue University currently pursuing his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and certificate in entrepreneurship. His passion for hydroponics began as a research engineer at Purdue designing and manufacturing an automated hydroponic plant growth chamber for the NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training Cuvette with the ultimate goal of growing sustainable food in space colonies. He applied his experience and knowledge to develop a patent-pending, automated, hydroponic appliance capable of eliminating a user’s dependence on a grocery store for most produce.

PROFILE

Heliponix LLC provides consumers with automated aeroponic appliances capable of eliminating their dependence on grocery stores for most produce by growing organic produce within a user’s home two-to-three times faster than conventional farming methods using 95% less water. This accelerated growth rate using advanced A.I. control algorithms to create optimal environmental conditions for various plant varieties equates to at least 2 full heads of leafy green every single day for the consumer.

Although the appliance could be sold for a reasonable profit, continuous revenue will be generated by seed cup memberships (similar to a Keurig k-cup). The seed cup membership could be placed on automatic shipments (similar to the dollar shave club). These seed cups could have a production cost of 15 cents, and a retail cost of $1, giving Hydro Grow LLC a 1000% profit margin on its largest selling item. Not only would this product usher in an era of sustainability, but it will also establish a new precedence of quality for produce.

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Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Purdue@WestGate, Odon, IN