PV Pure was the Tech Impact Award recipient at reSET’s 2016 Impact Challenge. The competition awards funding and brings regional attention to innovative, impactful, and viable startup social ventures.
Huda Elasaad, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at PV Pure, explained how the startup is making a social impact by empowering communities.
Innovation Destination Hartford: When and why did you start your company?
HUDA ELASAAD: Our company concept was inspired by more than seven years of technical development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After a successful field trial in a small remote community in the middle of the Yucatan jungle, we were motivated to broaden our impact and reach many more with the same technology. The vehicle to do that is PV Pure.
IDH: Describe your company and the ways in which you are making a social impact.
HE: PV Pure designs and deploys small-scale, smart, solar-powered water purification systems. Our systems are highly efficient, reliable, affordable, and designed to be operated and maintained by a non-expert user.
PV Pure creates a social impact by going beyond just meeting the need for clean water. We empower communities to take full control of their water quantity and quality by giving them a system they can operate and maintain. In this way, we create a secondary economy where operators have employment and water can be sold at an affordable rate for community members while still allowing part of the profits to be invested back into the community, such as for schools and medical centers.
IDH: Why did you get involved in the reSET Impact Challenge?
HE: Being an early-stage company, we look to support from people who believe in our mission and in our technology. reSET so very well aligned with our mission and the experience has been beyond positive. We are very grateful to have them helping us get to the next step!
IDH: What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a startup?
HE: Bootstrapping is tough, especially in hardware. It takes a lot of work, time, and resources. For a young, lean company, pre-capital raise, it can be an overwhelming challenge. That’s why financial support that comes from reSET and The Walker Group means so much to us at this stage.
IDH: Where do you see your company in the next two to five years?
HE: Hopefully supplying clean water to people who need it around the world. But whether PV Pure helps one more village or 10,000, there is nothing more we’d rather do than try.
Learn more about PV Pure at www.pvpure.com.