Enhancing plant health naturally
Today’s Michigan-based featured startup is helping create a healthier world by creating healthier plants. Through exploring different parts of the world, Gantec Inc. has identified plants that thrive in extreme environments. Through technology Gantec Inc. is able to use renewable materials from these plants delivering solutions for the 21st century.
Gantec Inc. uses renewable resources and have harvesting practices that do not harm the environment. Their products help growers develop earth-friendly practices whether you are a commercial grower or a a home gardener.
Products are plant-based specialty fertilizers that help build fuller, better plants in an effective and environmentally friendly way.
Learn more about how Gantec Inc. can help you become a better grower from President & Co-Founder Richard Olson.
What inspired you to start your company?
We want to make a positive difference in the nations, communities and people. We have explored parts of the world looking for unmet needs and underutilized natural resources. During this exploring, we have identified plants that thrive in extreme environments. We have developed technology to utilize renewable and sustainable materials from these plants. The products we produce improve food production and reduce the need for inputs like fertilizers and pesticides. We desire to provide economic opportunity, environmental improvement and community development where ever we have the privilege of operating.
Tell us about your product or service
Our products are natural extracts of plants produced using GANTEC developed sourcing, processing, formulating, and application technology. The products are highly concentrated solids and liquids that are applied to plants. These products utilize a new concept in the ag sector- bioadaptive supplementation. We borrow the rich biochemistry from extremophylic plants and apply them to other plants, transferring characteristics biochemically. The characteristics include drought resistance, root development and resistance to pests and diseases.
Tell us something unique about you and your co-founders
Our company founders have about 70 years of experience working for Dow Chemical and provide world class expertise in chemical processing, life science, and international development.
What problem does your product or service solve?
Our products help to improve food production to feed a hungry world, reduce the environmental impact of existing food production techniques, and create many jobs in Africa and the US.
What are your startup's three biggest challenges to growth?
1. Finding the funding to allow us to bridge the gap to profitability in a way that maintains a triple bottom line focus.
2. Developing the sales and marketing organization.
3. Bringing in the right people who share the vision and have the skills needed to bring the company forward.
How has the Startup America Partnership helped you overcome these challenges to growth?
We hope to find socially conscious investors through the process by telling our story. Startup America provides a great venue to tell our story.
What Startup America Member Benefits have you used?
We have attended events and used the website for networking.
Why should startups join Startup America?
Exposure of your idea to a group interested in helping you succeed. Networking with others who have gone down the path and can offer good counsel.
What is the startup culture like in your City/State?
It is developing, but does not recognize all sectors of opportunity, such as agriculture.
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