Team Borinken Tower

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Our Team

Our Mission

We are passionately determined on making healthy food and natural medicine affordable and accessible in Puerto Rico. Our team’s vision is to transform the rapidly increasing abandoned real estate industry into urban farms by incorporating sustainable sourced bamboo hydroponic systems to these structures. As an attempt to decrease exports of goods and increase food security on our Island without compromising the countryside. The crop’s produce will be sold initially to food trucks and small local restaurants but we plan on expanding and become one of the leading healthy and natural medicine food suppliers in P.R. for both personal and commercial use.

Our Background

We are simply an entrepreneurship undergrad, a humanity major and a culinary student that found a common dream to help our island grow, economically, in a sustainable way. We all have different passions and expectations for this project, such as: one wanting to disrupt the way food is produced, manufactured and distributed in the island; to another member wanting to inspire a healthier lifestyle in the country; and another making a boom in puertorrican gastronomy. But despite our different ambitions we’re all committed to grow, to learn; that's why we wanted to participate in this challenge. We believe it would be such an amazing learning experience to have the opportunity to connect with a global community of people with similar mindsets and share ideas. In the meanwhile, we’re taking university courses that will help us with our project, attending workshops, getting feedback from experienced farmers on our prototypes, seeking mentorships in professors and business owners, talking with our potential customers to understand what they truly need and want, and searching for possible partnerships with non-profits to get volunteers to help us grow. We really want to make Borinken Towers a community project that a lot of people from different background and ages can get involved in, like we did.

Our Badges

  • Power Team
    Your team has at least three members
  • Design Lab Experts
    Attended at least one of the weekly TFF Design Lab “office hours” sessions.
  • We Famous
    Your project has been covered by your university or other media outlet
  • Get #Social
    Created team Facebook or Twitter page and attached to team page
  • Fan Club
    You have 100 likes or followers on your team Facebook or Twitter
  • Interior Architect
    Posted three pictures of your team workspace
  • Idea Parkers
    Shared a picture of your teams unique “idea parking”
  • Global Foodies
    Posted three facts about global food issues learned in the Explore mode
  • Insight + Insight + Insight
    Shared three new insights your team formulated in the Define mode
  • On Time, On Target
    Shared your Design Statement created during the Define mode
  • Post-it Fiends
    Shared pics of the chaos of the post-it filled Ideate work mode
  • Brain Food
    In the Ideate intro video, Richard shares an important tip while eating an apple. Share a team-apple-eating pic!
  • Expert Input
    Shared three pieces of expert feedback on your concept
  • GIF Masters
    Shared a GIF of the prototype building frenzy
  • Live Testing
    Shared a video of a user testing your concept
  • Way To Go
    Shared a picture of your plan for iterating your project
  • Etch-A-Sketch
    Shared your logo sketching session on your team blog
  • WE DID IT!!
    Submitted Final Pitch, including videos and concept details
The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.