Ian Hookway, Founder

Designer

Cleveland, Ohio, US

Ian is looking for someone to join him/her or to join a startup

Business stage

Idea phase

Business plan mapped out

Minimum viable product built

Paying customers

Ian is looking for a founder who

Has expertise as

Financial Expert Sales Specialist Operations Specialist

Is able to invest

Can offer equal investment ($5,000 - $15,000)

Relevant industries

Agriculture Food and Beverage

Skills

Beginner
Intermediate
Expert
Operations
Sales
Marketing
Finance
Business Development
Product Management
Ian is open to joining a startup

Can commit to working

1 hours per week

Is able to invest

Sweat equity only

Relevant industries

Agriculture Food and Beverage

Skills

Beginner
Intermediate
Expert
Technical
Product Management
Managing People
Sales
Background

About Ian

I'm a hydroponics specialist. I've had the fortune to work with and see a number of the Chicago-based hydroponic farms and have come away from all of them realizing that there are clear gaps that can be exploited. While at the non-profit hydroponic farms there tends to be better knowledge of horticulture itself, the knowledge and scalability and commitment to produce are smaller and while the scalability and commitment to produce tend to be much higher at for-profit ventures, the knowledge of horticulture and hydroponics are small. Also, the for-profit hydroponic farms thus far are only focusing on the basic easy produce, i.e. basil, arugula and lettuce. At best they have been unable to successfully grow and maintain fruiting products.

I believe there is still a wealth of space to be absorbed in this industry and I am looking for a partner(s) to help exploit it. To this end I have spent a great deal of time thinking about the kinds of systems that could be used: simple, problem-free, controlling growth and harvest cycles and keeping costs down. I am looking for someone who is interested in this business and who can both lead on the business side and contribute to the build-out and possibly maintenance sides.

I have specific systems, markets, and crops that I can discuss directly. Demand and margins are high if done right.