Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Member Since 2022
About my Start-up

Permapot is the first zero-to-hero platform for growing vegetables in urban space! It offers its users everything they need to start a vegetable garden on the balcony, including starter kits and modular, easy-to-assemble planter boxes. Users receive guidance and individual instructions as well as personalized, algorithm-based bed plans that take their locations and needs into account. Our intelligent algorithm considers mixed cropping and optimizes the bed in terms of space and time. Smart planning is important to us as it contributes to the users’ gardening success, reduces maintenance, increases yield, and enables efficient, year-round gardening.

Why your idea is a “winner"?:

Permapot was founded to fight climate change and raise public awareness of sustainable growing methods (e.g. permaculture) by facilitating active participation in urban farming. Its unique features include a holistic approach, user-friendliness (e.g., through custom approaches and gamification), and the aim to deliver a customer-centric experience. At Permapot, all products, materials, and information offered are based on permaculture. A permaculture garden goes beyond the principle of an organic garden by using the cycles of nature. One intervenes only where necessary. By maintaining the natural ecological balance, a larger and tastier harvest can be achieved with less effort. Having more gardeners/farmers use sustainable permaculture practices and mixed cropping instead of monocultures will help preserve the soil and reduce our ecological footprint.

What is your current or intended business/revenue model?:

B2C: Revenue is generated through subscriptions & a freemium model, which include seasonal or annual bed plans and plant seeds, as well as access to an extensive knowledge base. The sale of starter kits with portioned materials and modular planter boxes also serves as a source of income. The business model can be extended to B2B by offering kits for educational purposes and licensing the planning algorithm.

Do you have any Patent or IP registered (related to the solution that you are looking for an investment)?:

No

Has your technology already been implemented in any field/sector?:

No

Which market and customer need(s)/problem(s) is (are) your products(s)/service(s) going to solve?:

Growing vegetables requires a considerable amount of knowledge and experience, and many sources on gardening fail to consider balcony gardeners with limited space and resources. Gardening with system, individual targeting, and smart planning, especially when considering mixed cropping and addressing one’s location and demands, helps beginners getting started, reduces the amount of care required, and increases the harvest. Ultimately, this results in cleaner, greener cities, more awareness, pesticide-free food, and greater biodiversity. Permapot products do not only benefit the planet, but also humankind, as plants and gardening have been proven to positively impact mental health and physical well-being.

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TRL 7 – system prototype demonstration in operational environment
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