Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
AgriMax: Smart Hydroponics 4.0
Explain your project in details:
A Smart Hydroponic food module that monitors, grows and takes care of your plants. Our Vision is to foster behavior change among urban households towards farm produce and drive hyper-local urban production. We make farming so much simple and easy that now anybody can grow their own food. Gone are the days when you need hard labor and farming experience to get your harvest. The Concept solution of AgriMax is based on the future of decentralized Agriculture, Hub and spoke Models, Hydroponics and Vertical Cultivation & Internet Of Things. Enabling a common man to grow his food successfully and effortlessly without any prior expertise in agriculture is what we seek. Our interaction with potential customers & product-market fit analysis revealed Beachhead market comprising of Urban Households with interest in gardening and the follow on markets as Cafeterias, Pharmaceuticals, Hotel & Restaurant Chains, etc. This gives a clear picture of the scenario upon successful execution of the solutions. To deliver the finest experience to the user and our promise to yield harvest without prior experience in Farming, we do have to employ some state of the art engineering solutions. The entire Hydroponics Module is an expert system. It collects plant data (growth parameters) and analyses which is accompanied by an app that shows the plants that can be grown for the best yield at home. Our proprietary algorithms assist in Plant Disease Classification powered by Machine Learning models. And Lastly, powering up the ACE Platform which is driven on IoT Platform. Every Node knows what his neighbor is growing. The way to self-sustenance.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
The journey began with a quest to bring in self-sustenance and pesticide-free healthy food to our home, foster behavior change among urban households towards farm produce and drive hyper-local urban production. Further our current agricultural system is very inefficient, food produced in one corner of the country being sent to other corners, poor supply chain, storage, lowered shelf life of produce, etc. are all factors contributing to global greenhouse gases daily.
Sustainability and future plans
For any living entity, food is a need not a want and now is the era of millennials. With growing consciousness, there is always a demand for organic and Healthy food. Currently, the Global TAM for organic food is $90+ Billion worldwide and in India, it is growing at 25-30% CAGR with a TAM of Rs 210+ Crores. We can see these number increasing 8 to 10 times fold by 2030 with India modernizing and growing at such a fast pace and explosion of population. The Concept of AgriMax is based on the future of decentralized Agriculture, Hub and spoke Models, Hydroponics and Vertical Cultivation, Internet Of Things, etc which in themselves are proven, scalable models.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Hello, I am Subhajit, 21 years old, an Entrepreneur, Engineer and Designer & co-founder of two cleantech ventures AgriMax (Smart Hydroponics 4.0) and EcoPure (Green Purifiers). Currently, I am in my 4th Year pursuing my undergraduate studies in Mechanical engineering from IIITDM Kancheepuram. I am passionate about new product development & business strategy. My motivation is being able to give back something to the community and our planet. Also, I am grateful to find a great team who understand the vision and goals and have the necessary skills to execute them. We together have participated in many competitions & events and have brought back numerous Awards. If you wanna know more about me and my team, please find my LinkedIn. It's always my pleasure to connect with you. LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/subhajitsinha/