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December 11, 2014


Dear friends, partners, and backers,


We are excited to announce the next phase of Sprout Pencil’s growth. Today, Democratech has sold its Sprout Pencil business to our friends at Sprout Europe.


We invented Sprout as students in a product design course at MIT. Tasked with creating “eco-friendly office products for the future," we developed a patent-pending seed capsule technology, which when combined with a sustainably grown cedar pencil body, enables it to transform from a pencil into a plant. Sprout was born!


We launched Sprout on Kickstarter in the fall of 2012 and 2,086 amazing backers helped us turn our dream into a reality. Sprout grew faster and bigger than we ever imagined – to date almost 1 million Sprouts have been sold!


By planting Sprout in Europe’s fertile market for sustainable products, Sprout Europe has been an important partner in this growth. Effectively immediately, they will be taking over all day-to-day Sprout operations, customer accounts, and intellectual property. They have a strong international growth plan for Sprout and we are excited to watch them put down roots in new markets worldwide.


The Democratech team is transitioning to exciting new projects, but we will always have a special place for Sprout at our desks, on our windowsills, and in our hearts.


Sprout Europe can be reached at www.plantyourpencil.com and through Michael Stausholm, at ms@sprout-europe.com and +45-21424758. They will be continuing operations at our Cambridge, MA facility and with our American suppliers and manufacturers. They are excited to get to know all of you!


Thanks for nurturing us during our germination, fertilizing us during our growth, and enjoying the fruits of our success!


democratech