What is the elevator pitch you use for your startup?
Nexus designs robotic solutions for vegetable crops. Nexus specializes in using robotics arms to precisely remove weeds near the crop. In the near future, the robot will be used to do many other tasks on the farm such as disease and pest detection as well as harvesting.
What pain points are you trying to solve in agriculture?
The main pain point we are trying to solve is the cost and availability of labor.
How did you get the idea to start your company?
I started a small vegetable farm in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia after leaving engineering school. Through that experience, I got the opportunity to talk to larger growers about their issues, and spending lots of resources on repetitive tasks was a very common issue. I wanted to design a robot that could automate some of these tasks.
What are your plans for the US market? Do you think you’ll have a presence in the midwest?
We are hoping to be present everywhere that grows a substantial amount of vegetables within the decade.
If your product/service was already being used by everyone, globally, what impact would that have?
No one would have to spend their days bending over pulling weeds in a hot field. Farmers would have more profitable operations and consumers would have cheaper, healthy food.
How are you incorporating growers into your business plan?
Growers are the central part of our business plan. We need feedback from the farmers to continue to improve and innovate. We also plan on giving preferred pricing to the growers who have helped us reach commercialization.
Agricultural robots will become commonplace within a couple of decades. Nexus hopes to be a major player in this transition.”
Where do you see your company in 10 years?
Agricultural robots will become commonplace within a couple of decades. Nexus hopes to be a major player in this transition. Having robots in every province and state that grows a substantial amount of vegetables seems achievable.
This magazine reaches 16,000+ farmers. In one sentence, what would you like to tell them?
Thank you very much for producing food for everyone. We are working hard to support you the best that we can.
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