22Lightbulbs: Taking the Portable Light Industry by Storm

In this episode of 22Lightbulbs, we talk with LuminAID founder Andrea Sreshta.

A duo of aspiring young women sit at the cornerstone of LuminAID. Our guest, Andrea Sreshta, and her co-founder Anna Stork, have embarked on a mission that incorporates humanitarianism and sustainability within the portable solar-light industry. LuminAID was conceived in the wake of the Haitian earthquake while Andrea and Anna were graduate students at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture. The year was 2010. The following the year the team was able to hammer down a utility patent, supporting the technology behind their lights. Fast forward to 2015, Season 6 of ABC’s entrepreneurial TV show, Shark Tank, and you will find these two brilliant minds putting their pitch to the test in front of the 5 “Sharks.”

“Is there something that we can design that would bridge the gap between something that was easier to distribute and more affordable? And our answer was this solar light.”

02:03 How did the earthquake in Haiti spark the idea behind LuminAID?
03:27 Tell us how your studies at Columbia contributed to your venture
08:08 Describe the technology behind a LuminAID light
11:07 Explain your disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy 
13:05 How did you get your foot in the door with ABC’s Shark Tank?
17:00 Tell us about your working partnership with Mark Cuban
23:15 Share with us a memorable moment when you saw a consumer using your product 

[The podcast name 22Lightbulbs is from Chinese numerology where the number 22 serves as the destiny number of individuals who are builders and leaders.]

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