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UrbanHarvest will grow the freshest, tastiest, most environmentally sustainable produce available anywhere for hyper-local urban consumers.

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Food and Beverage
  • Location Seattle, WA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2012
  • Employees 4
  • Website

Company Summary

UrbanHarvest will grow produce as close as possible to the locus of demand – urban and suburban communities – by utilizing both cutting edge hydroponic and greenhouse technology and underused rooftop real estate resources. UrbanHarvest will drastically cut the supply chain and reduce environmental and business costs accordingly. A significantly shortened supply chain - in both space and time - will raise product freshness, quality and nutrition.


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    Christopher Bajuk
    Founder, Chief Executive Officer

    Chris Bajuk grew up in Silverdale, WA. He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 2004. Chris served as a naval officer, achieving the rank of lieutenant. He has worked as a project engineer for Cadman, an analyst for McKinstry's Smart Building Solutions team, and a real estate consultant for Wright Hotels. Chris graduated from the University of Washington with both an MBA and a M.S. in Real Estate.

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    Christopher Sheppard
    Founder, Chief Financial Officer

    Chris Sheppard grew up in Marysville. He earned a B.A. in economics and a B.A. in political science from the University of Washington in 1997. Upon graduation, Chris was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and achieved the rank of major. He served two combat tours of duty in Iraq as a combat engineer and logistics officer. Chris will graduate from the University of Washington in December 2012 with both an MBA and a law degree.

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    Jason Grose

    Jason Grose grew up in Renton, Washington. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after high school and served in Operation Desert Storm. Jason earned a B.S. in technical communication from the University of Washington in 1997. Jason retired from the Marines in 2009 after serving for 21 years, attaining the rank of major. He earned a masters in technical communication from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2004.

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    Clara Sheppard
    Chief Technical Officer

    Clara Sheppard grew up in Medellin, Colombia. Clara earned a Technical Degree in Agricultural Science and a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering in 2004. After graduation, Clara worked for the Colombian government as an agricultural engineer in the Colombian Andes. Clara published an internationally recognized research paper about the effects of a fungus on banana plants. Clara has experience with commercial hydroponic agricultural systems.


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    Craig Sherman - Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati