Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
I have organized and arranged emergency food packing events at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada for three years in a row (2011-2013). During the events we packed and distributed meals for more than one million people starving in Haiti after the earthquake and in Mauritania as famine started to take hold in West Africa. A total of 3,000 volunteers from the University, City of Guelph and surrounding communities participated in the food packing events and I raised over $200,000 to support these events. The first two packing events were successfully entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for the greatest number of emergency-relief meals packed in one hour: ~150,000 in 2011 and over 350,000 in 2012. In recognition of my efforts, I was the first Canadian to receive the Clinton Leadership Award for Hunger Relief and also received the inaugural Michäelle Jean Award for Emergency Food Hunger Relief.
My “crowing achievement” is being recognized by the Clinton Foundation three times for my contributions to hunger relief, and being the only Canadian to receive the Clinton Hunger Leadership Award.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
We've recently received $880,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund our third clinical trial - it is a more robust, multi-regional trial to further validate Lucky Iron FIsh's efficacy and optimal iron absorption rates as well as demonstrate market viability for India, Africa and Latin America. In undergoing this trial, the results of which we anticipate will be favorable, it will help build Lucky Iron Fish's credibility and open the door to partnerships with larger multi-national NGOs that specialize in delivering aid to underserved and crisis-stricken communities. Their nutrition product standards are pretty rigorous and typically necessitate the backing of a thorough multi-regional clinical trial.
We partner with local government, vendors and other NGOs with similar missions to share distribution networks, leverage synergistic opportunities and help distribute the Fish free of cost to those who need it most. We also employ nearly 50 disabled Cambodians, many of whom are landmine victims from low-income communities, through the Watthan Cooperative.