40 Under 40, Class of 2019

Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez

Company

Back to the Roots

Job Title

Co-founders/Co-CEOs

Accomplishments

  • Launched the first tabletop aquaponic system to educate families about ecosystems and growing food in new ways.
  • Helped families and classrooms create over 1 million new organic gardens this year!

Extracurricular

“We want to build a brand and live a life that leaves the world a bit better than we found it — and we know we can only do that by integrating our team, our community, ourselves (our own health), our families, our environment into everything we do and all decisions!”

Fun Facts

Both of their fathers spent years in Germany after immigrating from Colombia (Alex’s dad) and India (Nikihl’s dad). “When they first met at our college graduation, they both hit it off right away speaking German. Sometimes things are just meant to be.”