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Sprout is a pencil that wants to be a plant when it grows up. When it's too short to use, plant Sprout to grow herbs, flowers and more!
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2,086 backers pledged $37,715 to help bring this project to life.

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exciting Sprout news


Dear friends, partners, and backers, 

We are excited to announce the next phase of Sprout Pencil’s growth. Today, Democratech has sold its Sprout Pencil business to our friends at Sprout Europe. 

We invented Sprout as students in a product design course at MIT. Tasked with creating “eco-friendly office products for the future," we developed a patent-pending seed capsule technology, which when combined with a sustainably grown cedar pencil body, enables it to transform from a pencil into a plant. Sprout was born! 

We launched Sprout on Kickstarter in the fall of 2012 and 2,086 amazing backers helped us turn our dream into a reality. Sprout grew faster and bigger than we ever imagined – to date almost 1 million Sprouts have been sold! 

By planting Sprout in Europe’s fertile market for sustainable products, Sprout Europe has been an important partner in this growth. Effectively immediately, they will be taking over all day-to-day Sprout operations, customer accounts, and intellectual property. They have a strong international growth plan for Sprout and we are excited to watch them put down roots in new markets worldwide. 

The Democratech team is transitioning to exciting new projects, but we will always have a special place for Sprout at our desks, on our windowsills, and in our hearts. Sprout Europe can be reached at and through Michael Stausholm, at and +45-21424758. They will be continuing operations at our Cambridge, MA facility and with our American suppliers and manufacturers. They are excited to get to know all of you! 

Thanks for nurturing us during our germination, fertilizing us during our growth, and enjoying the fruits of our success! 


Exciting next steps!

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Sprout on Amazon

Hey backers,

We just wanted to pop in and announce some exciting news! Sprout herb packs are now for sale on Amazon. Check them out here:

If it weren't for your support early in the process (just over a year ago - how time flies!) we never would have gotten off the ground. You helped make this possible!

We won't be spamming you about Sprout on this list anymore. If you want to keep updated follow us on Twitter @democratech and sign up for our mailing list at

Thanks again and have a great fall!


Herb Packs Available!

Hello Kickstarter Backers!

We're happy to announce a huge milestone: Sprout Herb Packs are now available online! Check them out on our webstore at: They will be shipping (for free in the US) in February. These packs contain 8 Sprout pencils: 1 each of basil, cilantro, dill, mint, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

It has taken a lot of work to get this far. Since our Kickstarter campaign we have been busy streamlining our production process and learning how to run a business that makes fun and sustainable products. We also designed shelf-ready packaging for Sprout. No more loose pencils in paper envelopes! 

We're working on some really cool automation solutions (for long-term production), I'll have some updates about that soon. For now, thanks for your great support! We couldn't have started this process without out. We'd love to hear from you about how you are using your Sprouts and what delicious and beautiful plants you've grown.