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While vertical farming is an innovative and promising route for urban agriculture, current models are labor intensive (40% of operating expenses), waste production space, and offer limited data analytics and intelligence.


RoBotany developed a robotic indoor vertical farming technology that allows for improved labor efficiency, yields that can reach 180x per outdoor square foot (1,000x including crop loss), and an unprecedented level of data collection and analytics.

business model

In addition to receiving a constant flow of revenue from licensing their technology, they will use their product and knowledge to open their own vertical farm. This approach allows them to better understand their consumer and start redevelopment projects in Pittsburgh and other cities in need of their benefits.

state of development

Prototype phase

grants/awards to date

Regional DOE competition in Pittsburgh

Carnegie Mellon University Energy Competition

3-6 month milestones

RoBotany completed a small version of their farm in August 2016, capable of growing one pound of food per day. It has begun building version two of the miniature farm to further validate the technology.  By late 2017, RoBotany will launch Pittsburgh’s first large, commercial scale vertical farm capable of growing 1,000 pounds of food per day.


Austin Lawrence, CTO

Austin Webb, CEO

Daniel Seim, COO

Brac Webb, CIO

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