AquaSprouts® designs and manufactures gardening appliances to bring the revolutionary principles of aquaponic and hydroponic farming into the home, office, and classroom.

In the current market it is difficult for average households to grow their own food. With the rise of food insecurity and the organic movement, much of society is showing an interest in localizing food production. However, many consumers do not have the space or time for a garden, despite the desire to supplement food they buy with food they grow.

This increased focus on sustainability is also leading to a reexamination of our current agriculture systems. Alternative forms of agriculture like aquaponics and hydroponics are more sustainable than traditional farming, but do not yet boast mainstream success. When it comes to adopting new technology, educational institutions are vital for encouraging this adoption and inspiring the next generation of innovators.

We started AquaSprouts® to solve these problems by p...
AquaSprouts® designs and manufactures gardening appliances to bring the revolutionary principles of aquaponic and hydroponic farming into the home, office, and classroom.

In the current market it is difficult for average households to grow their own food. With the rise of food insecurity and the organic movement, much of society is showing an interest in localizing food production. However, many consumers do not have the space or time for a garden, despite the desire to supplement food they buy with food they grow.

This increased focus on sustainability is also leading to a reexamination of our current agriculture systems. Alternative forms of agriculture like aquaponics and hydroponics are more sustainable than traditional farming, but do not yet boast mainstream success. When it comes to adopting new technology, educational institutions are vital for encouraging this adoption and inspiring the next generation of innovators.

We started AquaSprouts® to solve these problems by producing turnkey aquaponic and hydroponic systems built for homes and classrooms. Households and consumers are able to use our cutting edge products to subsidize their food costs, exercise sustainability, and connect with nature in a refreshingly modern way. At the same time, students and teachers are able to use our products and educational materials as a hands-on learning tool to illustrate a variety of scientific and ecological concepts in a novel way that puts alternative forms of agriculture at the forefront. In many ways we have grown disconnected from the food that we eat, and AquaSprouts® reestablishes that link in a thoughtful manner.
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Recommendations

Nick Kornblith Strategic Marketing Consultant at AquaSprouts

In the short time that I have known Jack, he has been doggedly focussed on building the AquaSprouts brand. In addition to proving out a viable business model - he has wisely taken the time to develop a uniform approach to his brand use. Whether on packaging, social media, or with eCommerce partners, AquaSprouts has a consistent look. This thoughtful attention to marketing fundamentals is remarkable in a young company and has undoubtedly aided the companies growth trajectory. With a well designed product and consumer trends toward local and natural - interest is high, as is media attention.

Jack has carefully leveraged limited resources to become the category leader (for desktop aquaponics) in the eCommerce channel. In addition, he has garnered significant distribution in the Education channel largely through development of STEM lessons that can be used in conjunction with the kit.

With such dedication and focus - any startup program would be lucky to have AquaSprouts on board!

David Altounian Associate Dean for Academic Programs and MBA Program Director at St.Edward's University

Jack Ikard started this project as an undergrad student in our business program. He developed relationships with suppliers in Asia, developed the business plan and model, setup the supply chain, learned about distribution and was able to get his product into challenging channels. Jack and his team have done an impressive job building their business. In my experience with Jack I've found him to be very motivated, smart, and, most importantly, coachable. I strongly recommend AquaSprouts for F6S.