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By Johan Manders - Sphereness
€24,760 pledged of €120,000 goal
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About

Hi and wonderful you have discovered our project, we can’t wait to bring this unique product to you!

The Vegua

  • Authentic design product to proudly show friends & family
  • Aquaponics; fish waste transforms to nutrition for plants
  • Fast growing and delicious tasting herbs, vegetables and fruits
  • Self-cleaning ecosystem, easy to maintain
In short, the Vegua is a combination between a small aquarium and a planter with a tasteful design. It is an eco-friendly interior design product which allows you to grow your own biological herbs, small vegetables and fruits right in your own living room, kitchen or office.

What media say about the Vegua

Fish friendly design

The animal friendly design makes fish feel happy. Because of the curve that partially covers the tank, fish have a place to hide and an orientation point. Furthermore, there is plenty of oxygen in the water. This is caused by the water that falls down from the plant tray into the fish-tank resulting in a moving water surface allowing new oxygen to mix with the water. To keep the fish happy, you only need to feed the fish by opening the lid on top of the Vegua.

Aquaponics

Feeding the fish will start the process. Bacteria in the system convert the fish waste (ammonia) into nitrates. Nitrates are amazing nutrients for the plants. The plants continuously absorb the nitrates. This results in fast growing plants and clean water for your fish.

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Pledge levels

What you will receive from us 

Every pledge level with a Vegua includes:
- Basil, Coriander and Parsley seeds (EU only)
- Internal filter pump with correct power cord corresponding to your country
- Growstones to fill the tray
- Manual to show you how to start growing your own food with the Vegua

Specifications

Growstones

Taking the environment and aquaponics into account, you will be provided with growstones a substrate used for soil-less purposes which is made from recycled glass. This material holds the perfect amount of water and provides space for bacteria to multiply, resulting in fast growing plants and clean water. 

Food you can grow in your own Vegua

A wide variety of herbs can be grown in the Vegua including but not limited to Basil, Coriander, Mint, Chives, Rosemary, Parsley and Thyme

You can also grow some small vegetables and fruits like Tomatoes, Peppers and even Strawberry. You will need to pollinate the flowers yourself, unless you keep bees inside.

For a complete overview of herbs, vegetables and fruits please visit our website.

Fish suitable for a Vegua

The bottom part of the Vegua is like a small fresh water aquarium. You can easily keep fish like Goldfish, Bloodfin Tetras and White Cloud. If you put a small heater in the water, you can also keep fish like Guppies, Black Mollies and Zebra Danios

Make your own creations in the blink of an eye

From a simple salad, shake or pesto up to a delicious extensive meal, you can use own produced herbs in numerous ways. 

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Team

Johan Manders - Founder - He has passion for design and development, and mixes these to a wonderful result. He leads the development of the Vegua and comes up with new ideas all the time. Wide interests and lots of energy are his main drivers.

Maya PeetersPress & Communications Officer - Her personality can best be defined as being self-driven, creative and communicative. The ability to communicate in various languages challenges her to build and maintain relationships at home and abroad with all forms of media. In addition, she expresses her creativity through writing blog posts inspired by global environmental change. 

René Schreurs - Product designer - Ambition and curiosity are what describe him best. He assists in designing the product and works on the marketing activity of the Vegua. His three areas of expertise are IT, design and marketing, united in developing the Vegua.

Extended team

To create a high quality product like the Vegua and bring it successfully to the market, you need professional people around you who are very experienced in areas like product design, product development, prototyping and media. Fortunately we have the opportunity to work with a lot of highly skilled people and thanks to their continued support we are here today and will be able to start producing, once this Kickstarter campaign is successful. 

Bart Rietjens (Gonect), Bas Koning (BKL), Bas Luiting (BB Bricks), Gert Meeuws (Gonect), Huug Lamberts (Llinxx), Jack Reeuwijk (Office-S), Jan-Hein van Twist (Wonderlab), Joep aan den Boom (Pulp Soda), Martijn van Wezel (S-Clusiv), Myrthe Kraai (Buro Krachtvoer), Nico Schouten (Synergeon), Pimm Gregoire (CAD Designer), Robbin Reijnen (Wonderlab), Robert Wit (Wonderlab), Sjoerd Boonstra (Boonz Media), Tim van den Heuvel (Gebrema), Ton Bosch (Gebrema)

Dutch Design Week

During the Dutch Design Week we got a lot of positive feedback from all the people who visited us.

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture

The Vegua is officially selected as innovative product to exhibit at this major event and inform people about our new way to produce food.

 

Schedule

Press

Here you can find our press release and some high res photos. For more information, you can always mail me at johan@sphereness.com.

Risks and challenges

We have successfully created a working prototype, one of the hardest parts we have faced until now. While tweaking the design we constantly consulted various experts on different fields for their feedback and we are happy to say that our design meets their high standards.

A lot of time is invested to make sure everything will run smooth until you have received your Vegua, but it is hard to foresee every possible bump in the road like political events etcetera. We found excellent partners that are highly qualified for producing, assembling, packing and shipping your Vegua to wherever you live in the world. We made sure that we have a backup for every partner, if for some reason a partner is unable to fulfill his role.

It is hard to estimate the exact delivery dates, but we promise to keep our backers well informed throughout the entire process and we will do everything in our power to deliver your Vegua on time and in perfect condition!

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    Pledge €1 or more About $1.19

    THANK YOU!

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    Pledge €29 or more About $34

    KITCHEN APRON

    You will receive your own Vegua Kitchen Apron + A huge thank you + Your name written on our website with a Kickstarter badge.

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    Pledge €199 or more About $236

    ** SUPER EARLY BIRD VEGUA **

    Only for our earliest adopters, you will receive a Vegua at the absolute best price ever. Act quickly before they are gone.

    You will receive one original white Vegua including pump, growstones, seeds (EU only) and manual + A huge thank you + Your name written on our website with a super early adopter badge.

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    Pledge €219 or more About $260

    * EARLY BIRD VEGUA *

    Missed out on the Super Early Bird Vegua? No worries, we still have some Early Bird Veguas waiting for you at a very special price.

    You will receive one original white Vegua including pump, growstones, seeds (EU only) and manual + A huge thank you + Your name written on our website with an early adopter badge.

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    Pledge €239 or more About $283

    ORIGINAL VEGUA

    Get your own Vegua now at a special price only available here at Kickstarter.

    You will receive one original white Vegua including pump, growstones, seeds (EU only) and manual + A huge thank you + Your name written on our website with a Kickstarter badge.

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    Pledge €259 or more About $307

    SPECIAL BLACK EDITION

    Black finish Vegua with serial numbers engraved in order of pledges, only available to you as a Kickstarter supporter. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

    You will receive one special edition black Vegua including pump, growstones, seeds (EU only) and manual + A huge thank you + Your name written on our website with a special edition black Kickstarter badge.

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    Pledge €459 or more About $544

    FAMILY EDITION

    Get one Vegua for yourself and one Vegua for someone you love, now at a special price only available here at Kickstarter.

    You will receive two original white Veguas including pump, growstones, seeds (EU only) and manual + A huge thank you + Your name written on our website with a Kickstarter badge.

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    Pledge €899 or more About $1,066

    UNIQUE COLOR EDITION

    Get a unique Vegua by picking your own favorite color. Our designer will work with you to pick the exact color you want. Act fast because we will never do this again.

    You will receive one unique colored Vegua including pump, growstones, seeds (EU only) and manual + A huge thank you + Your name written on our website with a special colored edition Kickstarter badge.

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    Pledge €1,249 or more About $1,480

    TEAM MEMBER

    Become part of our development team and be the very first to get one early run prototype Vegua. Share ideas and feedback with us for future versions of the Vegua. Get priority handling and of course receive one Vegua when it’s available for general release.

    You will receive one early run prototype Vegua and one original white Vegua including pump, growstones, seeds (EU only) and manual + A huge thank you + Your name written on our website as a special team member.

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    Pledge €1,999 or more About $2,369

    BUSINESS PARTNER

    Be inspired by a guided tour through the creative heart of Eindhoven and see where Philips was established. Finish with an exclusive dinner in Eindhoven where we start (or continue) a dialogue on how we can work together. At the end of the day you will go home with one early run prototype.

    You will receive a guided tour with an exclusive dinner in Eindhoven for two persons + One early run prototype Vegua and One original white Vegua including pump, growstones, seeds (EU only) and manual + A huge thank you + Your name or logo on our website as a special partner.

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Funding period

- (40 days)