Co-Founder & CEO, Gotham Greens
Viraj Puri co-founded Gotham Greens with the mission of transforming how and where fresh produce is grown. Gotham Greens is a pioneer in indoor agriculture and a leading fresh produce and food company. Today, Gotham Greens operates 500,000 square feet of greenhouses across five U.S. states with more than 300 employees, enabling the company to deliver a year-round supply of fresh, local produce to retail, restaurant and foodservice customers. Its produce is grown using hydroponic systems in 100 percent renewable electricity-powered greenhouses that use 95 percent less water and 97 percent less land than conventional farming.
Prior to Gotham Greens, Viraj led start-up enterprises in the United States, India and Malawi focused on sustainable agriculture, green building, renewable energy and environmental design. He has been awarded fellowships from TED, Wild Gift and the Environmental Leadership Program and recognized by Crain’s NY Business as “40 under 40.” His work has been published in several books and journals, including “Innovation on Tap,” “100% Renewable: Energy Autonomy in Action” and the UN Academic Journal. Viraj is a LEED® Accredited Professional and earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University.