VANESSA LAURIE / Stuff
PowerUp Kickstart finalists Jayden Clark, 17, and Ashkan Azarkish, 16, were inundated with questions about their Sprout all-in-one digital plant monitor.
It’s a plant monitoring product still in beta testing, but already the two teenage entrepreneurs behind it are overwhelmed with requests.
Jayden Clark and Ashkan Azarkish have created an all-in-one digital plant monitor, called Sprout, that lets you track your potted plant’s humidity, sunlight, temperature, and humidity needs through an app on your phone.
The Taranaki teenagers invented the device because their parents kept killing houseplants at home.
A Thing The article about the product on Wednesday has been read more than 80,000 times and since then the two students at New Plymouth Boys’ High School have been inundated with requests.
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“We thought we were going to be another story you see in the paper, we didn’t really think about it,” Azarkish said.
“It was awesome, we got ten more pre-orders, there are comments all over the houseplant groups, website traffic has gone up 10x,” Clark added.
The couple want to talk to people having issues with their houseplants so they can collect data to perfect the product.
Since the article was published, a number of people have contacted them asking for help.
“We have ten more interviews scheduled, four or five next Sunday.
“In the interviews, we talk about the issues they’re facing and try to really understand what we need to solve and how to make the product work around them.”
The couple’s business, EzSoil, was named one of five finalists in Venture Taranaki’s PowerUp Kickstart, a business capacity-building program and idea competition, with one idea ultimately winning the grand prize of $10,000 to be spent on grow their business.