How it all started

After moving from Botswana to Ithaca, Michael Eaton realized how much he missed having a garden with fresh herbs and greens readily available. As a junior mechanical engineer at Cornell University, he decided that he wanted to create something so he could grow culinary herbs in his home. Something that would overcome all seasonal and space constraints that made growing indoors so difficult. Realizing that others could benefit from such an innovation, he approached his friend Santi Alegria about his idea. And the company was born. 

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Our Mission

Íko Systems embraces technology as a force to enable human interaction, creativity, and healthier living. Our first product, Okavango by Íko, couples tasteful design with precision botany as a means to inspire you.

 

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Okavango by Íko:

Our first step

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Okavango by Íko Systems is the first of our systems: a tabletop plant machine. It is designed to fit into your home and engineered to grow perfect, high quality herbs. 

Okavango's isolated environment allows full control of your herb's growing conditions. Combined with our unique hydroponic method, Okavango monitors humidity, light, and temperature to mimic optimal growing conditions of say, the Mediterranean. So your basil & parsley taste truly Tuscan.

 
 
 

News and articles

 
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Cornell University tweeted about Íko Systems 

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cornell center for material research

Íko Systems is among the Spring 2018 JumpStart funded companies

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student agencies foundation

Featured eLab Startup: Íko Systems

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cornell Chronicle 

Smart herbs, weather app Among Engineering Innovation winners

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Cornell business review

A Conversation with Íko Systems

Entrepreneurship @ Dyson

Planting the Seed for Petal with Michael Eaton ('18) and Santi Alegria ('18)

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Rev Hardware Accelerator Team Grows Food in Small Spaces

 
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Íko's Ecosystem

  Michael Eaton , CEO   Hydroponics avoids getting soil lost in the beard

Michael Eaton, CEO

Hydroponics avoids getting soil lost in the beard

  Santi Alegria , Head of Software   Making sustainability sexy

Santi Alegria, Head of Software

Making sustainability sexy

  Ben Sword , Chief Plant Whisperer   Withholding the secrets of human photosynthesis

Ben Sword, Chief Plant Whisperer

Withholding the secrets of human photosynthesis

  Sivan Sud , Head of Hardware   Fluently translates designs into reality

Sivan Sud, Head of Hardware

Fluently translates designs into reality

  Elijah N'Kai , Creative Guru   Dude, chill. I'm working

Elijah N'Kai, Creative Guru

Dude, chill. I'm working

  Lisa Condoluci , Keeper of the Words   Fostering our online ecosystem

Lisa Condoluci, Keeper of the Words

Fostering our online ecosystem

  Jason Ben Nathan , Product Lead   Don't flux with me

Jason Ben Nathan, Product Lead

Don't flux with me

  Allie Shuldman , Software Developer   Code green!

Allie Shuldman, Software Developer

Code green!

  Amber Harris , Biz Dev Lead   I know it's a startup but HR needs some love

Amber Harris, Biz Dev Lead

I know it's a startup but HR needs some love

  Rahul Desai , Electrical Designer   A Life of Pi

Rahul Desai, Electrical Designer

A Life of Pi

  Tuyen Nguyen , Market Analyst   Guys when are we gonna use all these herbs?

Tuyen Nguyen, Market Analyst

Guys when are we gonna use all these herbs?

  Jaime Luengo Rozas , Software Developer   Peligroso

Jaime Luengo Rozas, Software Developer

Peligroso

  Don Hodgkinson , Brand Strategist   I wonder what the engineers think of all this

Don Hodgkinson, Brand Strategist

I wonder what the engineers think of all this

  Jeffrey Kim , Logistician 

Jeffrey Kim, Logistician 

  Rick Hendrick , CFO

Rick Hendrick, CFO