Mira Nominee Talks Program's Importance

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Hydro Grow Founder Scott Massey stands in front of his prototype. (photo courtesy Hydro Grow LLC) Hydro Grow Founder Scott Massey stands in front of his prototype. (photo courtesy Hydro Grow LLC)

A first-time Mira Award nominee says the recognition gives him a platform to show how his product can help people. Purdue-based Hydro Grow, which is developing an automated device allowing consumers to grow their own vegetables at home, is a nominee in the Best New Tech Product category. Chief Executive Officer Scott Massey says the nomination brings attention to the product which he says can combat health crises including obesity and food insecurity.

The Mira Awards, honoring "The Best of Tech in Indiana," feature categories including the Rising Star Award, Community Champion of the Year and Corporate Innovator of the Year. The award ceremony is set for April 29 at The Westin Indianapolis. The program is in its 18th year.

Earlier this year, Hydro Grow earned $25,000 in funding from the Purdue Ag-celerator. That initiative aims to provide support for Purdue innovators involved in plant sciences, such as research in crop optimization, hybrid and seed development and precision agriculture. In late 2016, the company won the Schurz Innovation Challenge.

You can see the full list of nominees by clicking here.

Massey says, when it comes to tech, Indiana is a "forward-thinking state."
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