Finding new ways to produce healthy, sustainable food sources for a growing population is a necessity. Austin Lawrence, a current Kettering University student, and Brian Falther, a 2010 Kettering University graduate, are motivated to offer a solution to food sustainability.
Falther, who is living in Grand Rapids (originally from Stow, Ohio), and Lawrence, a Mattawan High School graduate from Kalamazoo, are currently in the running for a $5,000 seed investment from Start Garden, a $15,000,000 Grand Rapids-based venture capital fund for innovative ideas that could potentially turn into businesses. The two individuals met through the Kettering Entrepreneur Society, and have been collaborating ever since. Falther and Lawrence hope to secure the investment to help them as they launch Urban Tech Farm: Project Grand Rapids, which they describe as, “A project to organically grow crops through automation, sustainability and efficiency.”