Published On: 03/25/2024Categories: Agbiosciences, Industry News

AgTech startup leader, Purdue alumnus, Evansville native Scott Massey named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list

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Scott Massey, CEO and co-founder of anu, has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Manufacturing and Industry category. Massey is an Evansville resident and Purdue University alumnus.

Anu commercializes fully automated, in-home smart gardens that grow daily servings of produce using aeroponics. Aeroponics is a form of hydroponics, the technique of growing plants without soil.

Scott’s profile on the Forbes 30 Under 30 site is here.

The complete Forbes 30 Under 30 site is here.

Scott said, “Anu™ is a dedicated health and wellness brand platform, committed to bringing the simplicity and purity of growing fresh produce into the comfort of your home. Our highly efficient and sustainable Rotary Aeroponics® technology supports a ‘Nespresso for plants’ business model, offering a straightforward and recurring seed pod subscription service to help you cultivate Pure Produce® that not only sets a new standard for nutrition and flavor, but also food safety.”

“Founded by a team of former NASA research engineers from Purdue University, anu is now taking steps to bring these advanced technologies into everyday living spaces and commercial settings, supported by funding from the Purdue University Research Foundation Venture Capital Fund, the National Science Foundation for the development of our computer vision AI, and the State of Indiana Manufacturing Grants to enhance our production capabilities.”

Recently anu established its smart gardens in the Kingdom of Lesotho and rural southern Indiana, received a Phase II SBIR grant of almost $1 million from the National Science Foundation, and received a $200,000 Indiana Manufacturing Readiness Grants (MRG) award to mass manufacture its aeroponic seed pod consumables. Scott and his cofounder Ivan Ball exhibited the anu technology at the Consumer Electronics Show and the Indoor Ag-Con in Las Vegas.