The story of the WeGrow Group – from the windowsill in Bonn to the whole world

More than 13 years ago, the two founders of WeGrow discovered the Kiri tree in the botanical garden of the University of Bonn, Germany. They founded the company in their student appartement. Today, the company supplies customers in 39 countries worldwide.

WeGrow AG – driven by passion and innovative spirit

The company WeGrow was founded in 2009 by agranomist Peter Diessenbacher and economist Allin Gasparian. During their student days at the University of Bonn, Germany, the two founders discovered the extremely fast-growing Kiri tree in the university’s botanical garden. With their first own Kiri tree variety, NordMax21®, the two succeeded for the first time in successfully cultivating the Kiri tree for sustainable timber production in Germany as well. What began under the pitched roof of Diessenbacher’s student flat has since developed into the market-leading company in the field of sustainable Kiri wood production in Europe. However, with customers in 39 countries on 5 continents by now, WeGrow has also been able to position itself successfully beyond the borders of Europe.

The history of WeGrow AG at a glance

  • 2009

    Foundation of WeGrow GmbH

    as a spin-off of the University of Bonn, Germany, Department of Renewable Resources

  • 2011

    First Kiri cultivation area in Germany

    on five hectares

  • 2012

    Establishment of the horticulture business

    with its own greenhouses

    Protection of the variety NordMax21®

    Paulownia tomentosa x Paulownia fortunei

    First own in-vitro laboratory

    with three workstations

  • 2015

    New company headquarters in Tönisvorst

    and second branch in Güstrow

    European plant variety protection for PhoenixOne®

    Paulownia elongata x Paulownia fortunei

  • 2017

    Foundation of WeGrow AgriTec SL, Spain

    Partner for plantation management in Talavera de la Reina

  • 2019

    New in-vitro laboratory

    with 20 workstations at the Tönisvorst site

    Plant variety protection for our hybrid breeds H2F3® and H2F4®

    Paulownia catalpifolia x Paulownia fortunei

    Further internationalisation of the business

    with cultivation partnerships in Africa and Latin America

  • 2020

    Opening of the first own sawmill

    for wood processing at the Tönisvorst site

  • 2021

    Foundation of WeGrow AG

    Opening of the company to investors