Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?
Clean Launchpad: EU final 2nd place
Climate KIC Accelerator UK: Accepted
London+ Acumen: UK Shortlisted Top 5
Birghton Grand Challenge: Shortlisted for final
Where have you learnt about the competition?
I was approached by Candice Mazzoleni of Ashoka Changemakers
Tell us about your partnerships:
Desolenator works closely with Liverpool University (UK) and College of Engineering Thiruvananthapuram (India) and is incubated in Imperial College (Climate Kic accelerator). We are also supported by the Royal Society of the Arts, Commerce & Manufacture (RSA) and Hub Westminster in London. We are in continuous discussions with NGOs, MFIs, MNCs and rural distributors to join forces on business model validation and roll out strategy.
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
1. We know that the concept will work. However, we have yet to achieve a yield that is theoretically possible. This risk is addressed directly by the proof of concept and which includes rapid prototyping and input from numerous experts in the field.
2. Market disruption will create a risk. Currently disenfranchised people in arid regions are the victim of rogue water traders who will not benefit from Desolenator. Our current unit is designed for household use. This is an important aspect of Desolenator, as it transfers responsibility and ownership to each member of the community.