Arjun has discovered what his passion is after years of a nomadic life abroad. Having lived in India and Africa, and from the Northwest Territories to cities across Canada, he is now settling in! He has found roots starting a robotic Agrotech venture in Canada – balancing the adrenaline of entrepreneurship with the Zen of mixed martial arts!
In Episode 5, Arjun shares where he’s locating his HQ (for now). Next he’s building out his team, and then moving forward with set timelines for both his minimally viable prototype (MVP), and the launch his first automated shipping container greenhouse. He’s also in the process of partnering to build out his MVP! So how’s he balancing all of this during COVID lockdowns? How does mixed martial arts give him work life balance and focus? Let’s find out!
Vizva AgroTech is developing an automation system for vertical hydroponic greenhouses. Automating the growing process for fresh produce from seed to harvest and packaging utilizing robotics, mechanical systems, AI & IOT. The technology was initially designed only for leafy greens however we are looking at incorporating other crops such as strawberries and bell peppers.
We are looking at B2B and B2C for our automated greenhouses. Our Business segment would serve Aspiring Entrepreneurs, Farmers, Cafeterias, Restaurants, and Grocery Stores. We would also target consumers of local produce directly in a vending machine format.
There are many benefits to utilizing hydroponics in a controlled environment. The crops grow 33% faster, absorb 500% more nutrition utilize 95% less water and 38% less food waste. The output is predictable. Additionally these systems do not require pesticides. Our system is designed for almost all external conditions as we can appropriately modify the external shell. The plants will be grown in a controlled environment. So we are looking at cold climates in northern Canada to hot regions in the Middle East. The automation system designed for smaller greenhouse projects can also be applied to larger projects. The methodology of automation is designed to keep costs at a minimum.
About Arjun Kumar
Arjun was born in India and moved to Kenya in Africa when he was young. 5 years later in his high school days he moved to Canada. He considers himself lucky to have lived in 5 provinces across Canada. Environmental issues and supporting local food production have always been a passion of his. As for work life balance in keeping him focused, he also trains in kickboxing and jujitsu in his spare time. His other hobbies include cold water swimming, hiking and camping.
About VizVa Agrotech
Vizva AgroTech is developing an automation system for vertical hydroponic greenhouses. Automating the growing process for fresh produce from seed to harvest and packaging utilizing robotics, mechanical systems, AI & IOT.