Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Ambiente Creativo has developed several projects with the public and private focused on sustainable development: We participated in the engineering of the Daule River Network which resulted in the first Water Fund for the conservation of the most important watershed in Ecuador, designed and implemented the largest recycling program in a neighborhood in Guayaquil, development of a patented recycling container adapted for local waste context, establishment of the first community network for beach waste recycling logistics, development of "Education for Sustainability" program that won first place in "Premios Latinoamerica Verde", etc.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
We co-developed the technology with Critical Practices LLC. We receive financial and business mentorship from Erin Miley, Director of the Social Business Accelerator Program in Agora Partnership. For the scale-up of our toilet technology, we have several signed agreements with strategic partners such as NGO's Hogar de Cristo and TECHO, which annually sell or donate 4,500 and 200 houses, respectively, that will include Trono. We are establishing a collaboration process with the National Plastic Association and the ESPOL University for developing local production capacity. Recently, an agreement was established with Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil for executing tests that prove Trono’s capacity to sanitize waste. We plan to establish a strategic partnership with DISENSA (a company with more than 500 warehouse stores in Ecuador) for sale of the toilet and for product accessories we are in the process of collaborating with Tubos Pacifico (one of the biggest PVC pipe companies in Ecuador). We have an ongoing collaboration process with Pelikano, the biggest wood company (with whom we have been co-designing low-cost alternatives for the toilet housing). Initial conversations are already in progress with Banco Desarrollo, a local microfinance institution interested in participating in this venture. Kiva, an international crowd-funding platform, has also been approached to provide lending opportunities to the beneficiaries.