Economic Development, Food Service & Agriculture, and Small Business & Startups

Beehive designer wins 5x5 Night

October 6, 2015
Text Size:
Ben's Buzz Box honeybee hive
Ben's Buzz Box is a project to design honeybee hives. Photo via

All honeybees may have a king in the form of one entrepreneur.

Ben Logan, a beehive designer that aims to improve the health of honeybees, was the winner of September’s emerge 5x5 night.

5x5 Night, produced by emerge West Michigan, awarded Logan’s project, Ben’s Buzz Box, the $5,000 prize.

Re-designing the beehive

“The hive known as the Langstroth hive is currently the industry standard, but has many downfalls and was developed in the 19th century without transportation in mind,” Logan says at his 5x5 Night page. “Due to design inefficiencies, many honeybees die during transport due to a wide variety of stresses.

“My hive has many innovations to help reduce stress on the bees. It is designed to cross stack for stability and additional airflow. I have designed a thermostatically controlled vent that helps keep the bees at optimal temperature. Plus, there are many other innovations I have developed that have the potential to improve bee keeping for both humans and the bees.”

Logan says he will use the money to continue the research and development on his hives.

Food-supply link

“The honeybee’s pollinating ability is crucial to human survival,” Logan says. “Every year, 1.7 million hives are loaded onto trucks and transported around the country to pollinate a large majority of our food supply.”

5x5 Night

5x5 Night offers an opportunity for entrepreneurs in the early stages of their projects to receive $5,000 in funding.

It is free and open to the public and usually hosted on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

The next 5x5 Night will be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Start Garden in Grand Rapids, at 40 Pearl St. NW. 

Recent Articles by Mike Nichols

Editor's Picks

Comments powered by Disqus