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We are social start up with the purpose to feed the world and revolutionize the way we grow and eat food. We started over a year ago developing our Hydroponic Growing System called Vios. The system enables you to grow your own fresh food at home and at the same time, help families and communities in need do the same.
For every system sold, we are going to donate another system to a family or a community in need. We call this concept “buy one, feed one”. We are changing the way we grow and eat food, but we need your help to succeed! Help us by pledging and sharing the campaign with your friends and family on social media so everyone can start growing smart and at the same time helping those in need!
Hugs and health, The Urban Farmers Pro Team
Introducing Vios Hydroponic Growing System:
We have developed Vios with a team of engineers and designers to ensure that anyone can grow their food without effort. But we have also focused on creating a product that is beautiful so you can have it indoor at home. It is handcrafted and made from natural and sustainable wood, and it has an ergonomically design that makes it easy to use. The shelves have been places strategically in the system so they function optimally for certain vegetables, and with the app connected to the system, you are able to control various features like the water pressure and the growing lights even though you are not home.
How Vios Hydroponic Growing System work:
Hydroponics is the art of growing plants without soil. Instead, the roots are held by an inert medium and provided with the needed water to grow. To minimize your time, Vios automatically waters the plants. With the nutrients, the plants have everything they need to grow in a natural and healthy way. This means no pesticides or harmful chemicals are needed.
When you get your Vios, everything you need to start growing your veggies will be included. This means that a variety of seeds, nutrients and the medium needed will be included. No hassle, you simply need to do the following steps and you can call yourself an Urban Farmer:
Choose the seeds you want to plants.
Plant the seeds with the medium included.
Fill the water tank in the bottom of the system.
Turn on the system.
Download our app and connect it to your system.
Start growing your veggies.
The system has a state-of-the-art growing light with the specific spectrum of light best suitable for making vegetables grow. Using this, especially in the early phase of the growth, will ensure that the seeds get the best possible environment to grow and thrive.
Meet the team:
We have a multicultural team with people from 4 continents, including countries like The United States, Colombia, China, Denmark and Ecuador. The combination of different cultures and backgrounds has given us a unique perspective on global issues such as food inequality and health issues. With backgrounds focusing on engineering, bio scientist, marketing, banking and business development, compliment each other’s strengths and weaknesses, but most importantly, we are all deeply committed to making a positive impact in the world.
About the founders:
Our COO, Daniel Ramirez, has worked with business and product development for several years, sparking his interest in becoming an entrepreneur and helping people that way. Living in Colombia has given him insights into how families in need struggle to provide their loved ones with enough food that is nutritious, which sparked his passion for this project.
Our CMO, Mariie Velez, has been doing marketing for various corporations for the past 5 years, and as a dedicated vegetarian, she has developed a passion for food and nutrition. Her vegetarian lifestyle combined with her compassion for people and creativity made her seek out ways of helping people to live a healthier life.
Our CEO, Klaus Hergett, worked 6 years in the banking sector in Colombia but decided to leave the corporate world and devote his time to developing this startup and creating a positive impact in the world. He is an amateur cook, and all the team members agree that if Klaus had not chosen this path, he should have become a professional chef!
The 3 founders met at Hult International Business School in 2015 and their shared passion and motivation of making a positive impact for people in need, combined with their interests in food and cooking, was the start of Urban Farmers Pro.
You buy one, you feed one!
With Vios, we have created a sustainable, modern system that enables everyone to grow vegetables at home. But we are more ambitious than that! The social aspect is the core of our project, and we want to empower families and communities in need by helping them grow their own, nutritious vegetables. So for every system sold, we will donate another system one to a family or a community in need. We call this concept "buy one, feed one"
Use of Funds:
Being transparent is key to us, and we don't expect anyone to pledge money without knowing how we plan to use the donations. Therefore, we have included an overview of how we plan to spend the money pledged:
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It's time to #startgrowingsmart! Join us in changing how we grow and eat food, and help us empower families and communities in need!
Risks and challenges
Transparency is key for us and every Kickstarter encounters some uncertainties, this project included. However, we have been working on this for a long time and we feel confident that we will meet every expectation set. Obstacles may arise and therefore, we have planned accordingly to be prepared.
We have been through a due diligence with our partners and suppliers to make sure that we can deliver all the Vios Systems pledged during the campaign without any hiccups. As mentioned, we feel confident that everyone will be able to deliver on the set targets and so your Vios will arrive on time so that you can start growing smart.
Growing living organism can take a few times to succeed, but we are continuously optimizing our system to make it as user-friendly and simple as possible so that everyone can start growing without effort. It is a process and we are really happy with what we have accomplished and eager to keep working on it and improving our Smart Hydroponic Urban Farming Project with your help and feedback!
Receive your own customized and unique edition Vios Growing System. You'll even get to design it and customize it with our team! Select the type of wood, color, finish, number of growing trays and even size!
Receive your own customized and unique edition Vios Growing System. You'll get to design it with us and our founders will come to you anywhere in the world and set it up! Then we will cook a great meal for you and your loved ones!