Transforming Agriculture for a Sustainable Future


Architects of Change: Honoring the Pioneers of Vertical Farming

In this moment, we pay homage to the three trailblazers of the emerging realm of Vertical Farming: Prof. Dr. Gene Giacomelli from the University of Arizona, Prof. Dr. Dickson Despommier from Columbia State University, and Prof. Dr. Toyoki Kozai from Chiba University.

Alongside Gertjan, they participated in the inaugural international gathering of industry pioneers in September 2012 in Washington. Without their vision and dedication, we would not stand where we are today.

Each of these remarkable individuals deserves a monument for their courage, dedication, and outstanding contributions to this field.

Gene Giacomelli

Gene Giacomelli found inspiration in the prospect of increased human space travel, foreseeing extended stays on the moon and even Mars. Understanding the challenges of transporting food for longer durations, he envisioned the logical solution of cultivating crops in space.

Dickson Despommier

Dickson Despommier engaged in extensive discussions with over a hundred of his students, contemplating the potential scarcity of agricultural land with our ever-growing global population. He further developed the advantages of vertical farming within urban settings, foreseeing a critical role for the future.

Toyoki Kozai

Toyoki Kozai was a strong advocate for technology, given Japan’s leading role in various sectors. He witnessed the challenges faced by aging farmers on small-scale Japanese agricultural farms and the departure of the younger generation from the sector due to the physical demands. Kozai played a pivotal role in revitalizing agriculture, making it appealing and sustainable.

Harmonizing Vision and Innovation

Our approach stood out, but it seamlessly blended with the distinct perspectives of Gene, Dickson, and Toyoki, creating a perfect amalgamation.
Since 1989, we’ve been pioneers in developing mathematical models that simulate and predict crop growth, foreseeing a future where agricultural yields could far exceed what was achievable at that time. Even before these concepts became mainstream, we were delving into phenomena such as Light Use Efficiency, Harvest Index, and Dry Matter Partitioning.
Our models showcased the immense potential of agricultural yields, often multiples of what was being realized in practical terms. However, even with high-tech greenhouses, limitations were imposed, hindering us from fully unlocking this potential. We sought a new habitat for plants, one not restricted by the sun’s extreme heat or the cooling effects of frost and wind—an entirely enclosed environment illuminated by artificial light. In 2005 this marked the genesis of our remarkable journey. The rest, as they say, is history.

Peeling back the Layers: Us and our Endeavors


Pioneering Agricultural Innovation Since 1989

Pioneering Agricultural Innovation Since 1989


Combining Data and Vision: The Plant Balance Model and the Genesis of Indoor Farming

Combining Data and Vision: The Plant Balance Model and the Genesis of Indoor Farming


First prototype indoor farm with LED-lights

First prototype indoor farm with LED-lights


PlantLab’s dynamic growth and Syngenta collaboration

PlantLab’s dynamic growth and Syngenta collaboration


Breathing Fresh Air into Farming: The Laminar Airflow Revolution

Breathing Fresh Air into Farming: The Laminar Airflow Revolution


Birth Seven steps to heaven

Birth Seven steps to heaven


Blue Skies Ahead: Co-founding for a Sustainable Tomorrow

Blue Skies Ahead: Co-founding for a Sustainable Tomorrow

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Our Business Model
Pioneering Sustainable Indoor Farming Partnerships

Our business model revolves around our possession of unique intellectual property (IP), knowledge, and experience crucial for the successful construction and operations of indoor farms. We specialize in crafting bespoke partnerships, tailoring agreements with exclusive rights to our IP for one or more crops (Field) within a defined geographical region (Territory). In these customized partnerships, we work collaboratively with our partners to define the conditions essential for the prosperous construction, operations, and ownership of indoor farms.

 This partnership-based approach enables us to disseminate our expertise and propel the indoor farming industry forward. By sharing our IP and collaborating with partners, we aim to revolutionize the way crops are cultivated, making indoor farming commercially feasible and environmentally sustainable.

For the sake of clarity
While the financially viable size of a farm varies based on the crop and its commercial application, we firmly believe that a farm often becomes financially attractive with a cultivation area of at least 50,000 square meters.

Our expansive Odyssey: Bridging Stages, Books and Academia 


As early pioneers, we possess an abundance of experience in crafting the narrative that defines the novel supply chain and indoor farming landscape. Our journey has been enriched by stage performances, literary contributions, and fruitful collaborations with esteemed universities.

Our Name | Seven Steps To Heaven

Unveiling Miles Davis’s Inspirational Symphony
Many wonder about the origins of our company name, ‘Seven Steps To Heaven.’ It’s a tribute to the genius of Miles Davis, the iconic jazz trumpeter and composer, and his masterpiece composition, ‘Seven Steps To Heaven.’ This musical marvel was crafted during the groundbreaking mid-1960s, a testament to Davis’s visionary spirit in the realm of jazz.

At its core, ‘Seven Steps To Heaven’ reflects Davis’s musical philosophy, embodying progress and evolution. The number ‘seven’ in the title symbolizes a journey of musical advancement, representing steps toward a higher artistic realm—an artistic ‘heaven.’ Miles Davis’s courage to challenge jazz conventions echoes in this composition, embracing fresh harmonies and emphasizing melody.

Embracing the Davis Spirit
In the spirit of Davis’s innovative approach to music, we’ve adopted the name ‘Seven Steps To Heaven’ for our company. It symbolizes our commitment to innovation and our journey towards a higher standard in indoor farming, mirroring the relentless pursuit of progress that Davis epitomized.

Moreover, this name is more than just a label. It sparks engaging conversations, inviting curiosity and setting the stage for captivating dialogues.

Our Home Base

Pioneering Sustainable Indoor Farming from Eindhoven, Netherlands

Our office and state-of-the-art Research and Development (R&D) facility of Seven Steps To Heaven are situated in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Perched 28 meters above the ground, we are based at the top floor of a former Philips factory building, a vantage point that underscores our commitment to innovation. This farm represents version 10.0, symbolizing our continuous journey and progress since we constructed our initial indoor farm prototype in 2005.

Seven Steps To Heaven B.V.

Zwaanstraat 31U

5651 CA Eindhoven

The Netherlands

Chamber of Commerce The Netherlands: 62475495

VAT NL805496804B01