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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Íko Okavango:

Our first step

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Íko Okavango is the first of our systems: a smart herb garden designed to fit into your home and engineered to grow perfect, high quality herbs. 

Íko Okavango's isolated environment allows full control of your herb's growing conditions. Combined with our unique hydroponic method, Íko 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 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 ithaca

Rev Hardware Accelerator Team Grows Food in Small Spaces

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Íko's Ecosystem

  Michael Eaton     (CEO)   Gaborone, Botswana  Mechanical Engineering, Cornell '18  Hydroponics avoids getting soil lost in the beard

Michael Eaton

(CEO)

Gaborone, Botswana

Mechanical Engineering, Cornell '18

Hydroponics avoids getting soil lost in the beard

  Santi Alegria    (Soft Design)   Boston, USA  Independent Engineering, Cornell '18  Making sustainability sexy

Santi Alegria

(Soft Design)

Boston, USA

Independent Engineering, Cornell '18

Making sustainability sexy

  Ben Sword    (Green Design)   Boston, USA  Plant Science, Cornell '18  Withholding the secrets of human photosynthesis   

Ben Sword

(Green Design)

Boston, USA

Plant Science, Cornell '18

Withholding the secrets of human photosynthesis

 

  Sivan Sud    (Hard Design)   Greenwich, USA  Mechanical Engineering and Business, Cornell '18  Fluently translates designs to reality

Sivan Sud

(Hard Design)

Greenwich, USA

Mechanical Engineering and Business, Cornell '18

Fluently translates designs to reality

  Jason Ben-Nathan    (The Brains)   North Caldwell, USA  Electrical & Computer Engineering, Cornell '18  Don't flux with me

Jason Ben-Nathan

(The Brains)

North Caldwell, USA

Electrical & Computer Engineering, Cornell '18

Don't flux with me

  Lisa Condoluci    (Marketing)   Long Island, USA  Biological Engineering, Cornell '19  Fostering our online ecosystem

Lisa Condoluci

(Marketing)

Long Island, USA

Biological Engineering, Cornell '19

Fostering our online ecosystem

  Jacob Freedland    (The Brawn)   Scarsdale, USA  Applied Economics & Management, Cornell '19  I (use) excel at everything I do

Jacob Freedland

(The Brawn)

Scarsdale, USA

Applied Economics & Management, Cornell '19

I (use) excel at everything I do

  Christina Chang    (Electric Design)   Pomona, USA  Electrical & Computer Engineering, Cornell '19  Ithaca needs some climate control 

Christina Chang

(Electric Design)

Pomona, USA

Electrical & Computer Engineering, Cornell '19

Ithaca needs some climate control 

  Erik Johnson    (Fabrication Engineer)   Incline Village, USA  Mechanical Engineering (M.ENG), Cornell '18  I ro yo boat

Erik Johnson

(Fabrication Engineer)

Incline Village, USA

Mechanical Engineering (M.ENG), Cornell '18

I ro yo boat

  Davis Zhu    (UX)   Vancouver, Canada   Architecture, Cornell '20  I'm an architect if you couldn't tell

Davis Zhu

(UX)

Vancouver, Canada 

Architecture, Cornell '20

I'm an architect if you couldn't tell