Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Startup Spotlight: Shipshape Urban Farms

The Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator is in its third year with 10 startups from Alabama, other states and even other countries. The Alabama NewsCenter spotlights all Class 2022 companies.

In this Startup Spotlight, we look at Shipshape Urban Farms.

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Company: Shipshape Urban Farms

Headquarters: mobile phone, mobile phone

Guide: Founders Dale Speetjens, Angela Speetjens, Marcia Schuffman and Emanuel Campbell

Alabama NewsCenter: What is your company’s overall focus and mission?

Shipshape Urban Farms: Shipshape designs and manufactures modular hydroponic farms that make fresh vegetables accessible in markets all year round. The Shipshape training enables urban agripreneurs to grow 5.1 hectares of crops on a 500 square meter “smart farm” that is controlled digitally and automatically via the “Digital Farmer” app. Shipshape provides ongoing support through ongoing training, data analysis, system performance reports and monthly deliveries. Shipshape is your intelligent energy partner for profitable, modular farming in a controlled environment.

ANC: What inspired you to start this company? How would you like to contribute to the future of energy and technology?

ship shape: While working on his master’s degree at Auburn University, Dale proposed a downtown pop-up in the West End near the Birmingham CrossPlex around an old railway line with shops, restaurants, hydroponic farms and other business incubators made out of shipping containers were built. This project inspired Dale and Angela to design an urban hydroponic farm in downtown Mobile. Their original design used upcycled shipping containers to house the hydroponic farms, but has since evolved into the modular container gardens they build today with their partner BLOX. We aim to improve the energy efficiency of controlled area agriculture with the help of Alabama Power and the patented energy harvesting technology developed by Dale and Angela.

ANC: What drew you to the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator?

ship shape: Techstars is the golden seal of approval for entrepreneurs. The Shipshape team knew that participation in this program would provide invaluable mentorship, partnerships and potential funding opportunities to grow the company. After the interview it was clear that Nate Schmidt and his supporting team are exceptional individuals with so much to offer.

ANC: What is the most important thing potential investors should know about your company?

ship shape: Thanks to our production partner BLOX, we are able to build a distribution network of profitable, modular, controlled environment hydroponic farms with economies of scale. This allows Shipshape to increase the freshness and quality of the harvest while reducing the distances it has to travel to get to your plate.

ANC: What insights do you hope your company will learn from participating in the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator?

ship shape: We hope to better understand our market, build a circle of lifelong mentors and advisors, and learn how to create a meaningful corporate culture.

ANC: What do you think of Birmingham so far?

ship shape: Birmingham is a great place to live and we are delighted to call it home. We love the lively downtown area, restaurants, breweries and parks. We also love that Birmingham celebrates entrepreneurs and encourages innovation.

You can find Shipshape Urban Farms online at and on Facebook, TwitterYouTube and Instagram.

The Alabama NewsCenter Highlights the Class of 2022 Startups Participating in the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator. Learn more about TechStars here.