Watch Cloudponics launch on stage here.
This interview with Cloudponics founders Pepijn van der Krogt (left) and Nicolas Ruiz (right) was conducted by the Job Portraits team during the LAUNCH Festival.
Let's start with your elevator pitch.
We’re building a system that allows you to grow plants hydroponically. Our major target market is marijuana growers. Cloudponics automates the process from seed to harvest.
What inspired you to build Cloudponics?
I personally have been growing for the last 6 years, and it's been a real pain. I've killed a lot of plants just by not being present every day. If you want to go out on the weekend or take a vacation, when you come back, chances are your plants are going to be either sick or dead. So with this system we automate the whole thing. It allows absolutely anyone to grow — you don't need any experience whatsoever.
Is your system robotic? How are you automating it?
It's not quite a robot, but there's a computer that takes in sensor data and adds nutrients exactly when the plants need them.
How has your experience at LAUNCH Festival been so far?
It's been awesome. It’s been a really great opportunity to get the product out, see what people think about it. The exposure here at the Main Stage was great for us.
We’re from Santiago, Chile, and we're planning on coming here to the States to incorporate the business.
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