Lettus Grow has been awarded €100,000 from the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, beating more than 800 other applications to scoop the prize. The startup are part of the Global Startup Ecosystem in Bristol.
The announcement was made at the finals of the Green Challenge at an event in Amsterdam on the 13th September. The competition is run by the Dutch Postcode Lottery with a mission of ensuring sustainable solutions have the opportunity to be developed.
Lettus Grow aim to reduce the waste and carbon footprint of fresh produce, such as salad, by inventing and implementing technological systems for growing indoors using ‘vertical urban farming’, which could become a staple in the kitchens of the future.
LettUs Grow use a unique technology known as aeroponics, which uses a system of LED lighting and water and nutrients delivered through a fine mist, removing the need for acres of farmland or extreme levels of water to irrigate crops.
The company was set up in 2015 by three Bristol University graduates - Charlie Guy, Jack Farmer, and Ben Crowther. Of the win Charlie said “The recognition of the Green Challenge shows that we are developing a viable solution to the many problems that our global agricultural systems will face in the future, from water shortages to the effects of extreme weather. We allow farmers to protect their crops, diversify what they are growing and massively reduce their ecological footprint.”