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Blue Sphere is a start-up based in Northern New York that specializes in Controlled Environment Agriculture development.

We seek to integrate food production with green energy and waste stream management. By doing this we can industrialize non-commodity crop agriculture and attain an average gross profit margin of 83%. How will this be achieved? Blue Sphere Industries will internally franchise sites for Controlled Environment High-Rise Farms (CEHRF). Sites will be carefully chosen based on utility, serviceable population, business relation opportunities, green generation potential, and available waste energy or energy rich waste.

Blue Sphere offers two levels of system sales: a design sale in which we fully design a
facility for others to staff and run while supplying training and tech support, and outright
commercial sale of growth systems. We are intentionally leaving our plan open so that funding
can be shifted from Blue Sphere owned and operated site development to equipment sales, or
vice versa. Should the demand for equipment exceed our expectations, we want the flexibility to
meet those demands. We will pursue an aggressive growth model for the foreseeable future, and
will use all funds not necessary for equipment manufacture to increase produce production.

To date Blue Sphere has raised $387,000, completed 4 rounds of prototyping, built and operated a technology pilot, and is currently operating a small economic pilot. The first round of unit sales is currently underway.


Management Team

Daegan Gonyer

Daegan Gonyer

Out of his six years experience in agriculture, four are specific to Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) engineering and development. He has ten years experience prototyping a wide variety of projects under the auspices of Illusion ATC. He directed student design projects in CEA under Prof. Susan Powers from 2009 to 2011. His teams' endeavors in CEA have won awards from the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference, the National University of the Republic of Korea, New Energy New York, and CleanTech Open. He is a Clarkson University McNair Scholar, and holds a B.S. in Physics. He is completing his M.S. in Engineering Science in May 2013, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Physics as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Mr. Gonyer is a Shipley Business Fellow in the process of completing his MBA, is the Sigma Nu Tau “National Student Entrepreneur of the Year” in High Technology, and is featured in NNY Business Magazine’s 2012 “Top 20 under 40.”
Shaun Jones

Shaun Jones

He has six years experience in industrial automation and sensor applications. He directly oversees all technology research and development efforts. He is also  involved with all equipment and sensor installations and the development of the control algorithms. He was a National Science Foundation REU student. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is an M.S. candidate in Civil Engineering. He has worked as project manager in both CEA and anaerobic digester projects. He has been a part of the team with Mr. Gonyer and Blue Sphere for two years.

Sean Bonnell

Sean Bonnell

He has completed a Bachelors of Science in Engineering and Management and an MBA in Innovation and New Venture Management. He has been working on this team for the past four years writing grant proposals. His work with Mr. Gonyer under Prof. Sue Powers has led to several grant awards and conference presentations including the EPA P3 competition, Tech Valley Business Plan Competition and New York Business Plan Competition. His course work in Clarkson’s Innovation and New Venture management specialization has aided in management, marketing and product positioning for Blue Sphere Industries. His work as an Account Manager gives him experience in the manufacturing industry and knowledge in the world of electrical distribution.
Jason Sansone

Jason Sansone

CFO
He received a BS in International Business and Accounting from St Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ in December 2002.  Following graduation, Jason spent 2 years working for AIG, 1 year with West LB, and 4 years with Bank of America Securities all of which working in the Finance departments.  For the past 3 years, Jason has developed a consulting business working with growth companies in a financial capacity.
Franck Moreno-Roark

Franck Moreno-Roark

Plant Biologist
He directs crop planting and harvesting, monitors plant health and crop yields, and performs equipment maintenance. He has experience with peer-reviewed academic authorship and is thus a member of our reporting team. Although his educational experience generally focuses on evolutionary biology, he has completed an intensive 5 month course of study in Central America with Duke University, focusing on botany, plant biology, and sustainable agricultural systems. He has over a decade of experience as a hobbyist greenhouse gardener, is a Clarkson University McNair Scholar, and was Mr. Gonyer’s graduate assistant on the pilot CEA project at Clarkson University.