This is a journal of our traction and successes to date! Take a read and share the news!
Connor graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Product Design from Bournemouth University for his Biochar project. We were chosen to exhibit the Biochar Kiln, BioBurner, at New Designers in London. Here we got our first 15 customers.
Connor's lecturer invited him to co-author a research paper on Biochar which will be published in Nature and National Geographic.
We formulated the company Agile Planet and started our brand Green & Grow to take the BioBurner to market.
We won a place on Central Research Laboratory's Accelerator Program giving us 6 month's of office space, mentoring and prototyping costs paid for!!
We won an Innovation Voucher from Arts University Bournemouth which gives us 50% match funding on our prototyping and access to a professional workshop.
We started a relationship with a Bournemouth Council's plant nursery which has won lots of awards for their plants and started a Grow Test on 400 plants.
We went to China and visited manufacturers who want to quote to make the BioBurner.
We got two prototypes made and started making the Biochar, and taking the BioBurner around to gardeners for user testing.
We started a relationship with a local wood recycling centre who stop 60 tons of wood going to landfill every month!! We take their wood waste and turn it into biochar. Note: we do not cut down trees!
We graduated from the CRL Accelerator and then applied to lots of incubators and awards. Lottie joined the project full-time!
The Council we worked with last year got in touch and asked us to do another Grow Test, this time on 3600 plants and they will cover all costs and provide press coverage!
We won a place on the Pearson's College Incubator giving us 12-months of office space, mentoring and four members of staff paid for!!
At this point we literally COULD NOT BELIEVE OUR SUCCESS.
We then won £15,000 worth of professional design software from SolidWorks which was a dream - we can now design like pros and grow our design team as we were given 3 licenses!
We submitted the scariest application of all - government research funding - to Innovate UK and we will hear back in the next few months.
We won a place on the British Design Council Spark Accelerator program in which we could win £15,000 cash and attend a bootcamp to compete for £150,000 at the end! Update: we came runners up BUT we learned loads and it was amazing experience!
We took a trip to Newcastle to visit my old uni up there and their new Startup Space, we got some great advise after pitching to a panel of business gurus and we came away with a grant of £2000! Yay! This money has enabled us to launch this online store!
Our second Grow Test plants have just been planted out into the Lower Gardens in Bournemouth which is super exciting and it's great to be working with Bournemouth Council.
Keep following our Journey!
I'll keep adding updates on our journey as time goes on! This is been the most amazing experience and we are learning loads!
LET'S KEEP SAVING THE PLANET WITH GARDENING