Podcast: After the Sun Goes Down with MPOWERD

In this week’s episode of 22 Lightbulbs, I talk to John Salzinger, cofounder and chief business development officer of MPOWERD.  A native New Yorker and born entrepreneur, John co-founded MPOWERD with the idea that innovative companies have a responsibility to lead – not only in the marketplace, but as a real force for good. He[…]

Podcast: Hope, Light and Water for Puerto Rico

In this episode of 22Lightbulbs, we talk with World Hope President and CEO, John Lyon esq. World Hope International is a Christian relief and development organization working with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering and injustice. It works in 15 of the poorest countries in the world, helping all people, regardless of ethnicity, gender, race or[…]

Podcast: A Sisterhood for Healthy Mothers and Babies

  In this episode of 22Lightbulbs, we talk with Birthing Project USA’s Executive Director, Leseliey Rose Welch.  “Over 10,000 healthy babies have been born in US and 13 countries to date with help of Birthing Project USA.” “Every 2 minutes 60 women die giving birth due to lack of access to safe birth supplies.”    Minutes: 02:25[…]

Podcast: Introducing Level Giving

We’re thrilled to use this episode of 22 Lightbulbs to tell you about our new service, Level Giving. Listen to Co-founder Faseeha Khan Jensen and Founder, Stephanie Cox as they tell the story of Level Giving. We’re doing crowdfunding with a twist! Shop the need. Track the purchase. Receive progress reports. Know where your money[…]

Podcast: 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[…]

EcoZoom

Podcast: Eco Friendly Cooking with Biomass

In this episode of 22Lightbulbs, we talk with EcoZoom founder Ben West.  In 2011, Ben launched EcoZoom, a company that designs, manufactures and sells biomass cookstoves and solar products, primarily in developing countries. In 2015, Inc. 1000 named EcoZoom one of the fastest growing companies in the US. Ben opened offices in Mexico in 2011[…]

Dayone Response

Podcast: DayOne Waterbag – Water Treatment Plant in a Bag

In this episode of 22Lightbulbs, Tricia Compas-Markman, founder and chief executive officer of DayOne Response, Inc talks about using engineering skills to produce life-saving solutions like reliable, clean drinking water during disasters. Think “water treatment plan in a backpack!”  The DayOne Waterbag has proven to be a compact, low-profile and easy-to-use water treatment solution for a[…]

WakaWaka Solar Energy

Podcast: WakaWaka Shining Bright for Africa

In this episode, we chat with Camille van Gestel, the co-founder of WakaWaka.  (And we also talk Shakira). Camille brings 20 years of experience in product development and manufacturing to the company’s vision to create safe, sustainable solar power and lighting. He’s passionate about solving energy poverty.  In 2013, Camille delivered a TEDx speech on his mission[…]

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Podcast: Cleaning Water With Madidrop

In this episode of 22Lightbulbs, we talk to David Dusseau, the CEO and CoFounder of Madidrop, a product that is revolutionizing the water and sanitation industry. With this small tablet that fits in the palm of your hand, 2,000 liters of water can be treated over the course of 6 months providing families and communities[…]

Unreasonable Institute

Podcast: Unreasonable Entrepreneurs

In this week’s episode, we talk with Teju Ravilochan, the Co-Founder and CEO of Uncharted (formerly the Unreasonable Institute). Learn about the global entrepreneurs that Unchartered helps, the hurdles that some of these entrepreneurs face and why failure is an important part of the story.  Though accelerators around the world (from Sierra Leone to Italy), Uncharted runs[…]

FC2 Female Condoms

Podcast: Female Condoms and Women’s Empowerment

  In this episode of 22LightBulbs, we talk birth control and women’s empowerment with Denise R. van Dijk, president of the Global Public Health Sector Division of The Female Health Company. (Don’t be shy – this is really important stuff!) She is responsible for developing female condom markets in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America[…]

Paul Polak Scaling for Development

Podcast: The Way to Scale Development

This prolific humanitarian entrepreneur and 2-time author discusses business solutions to poverty in this podcast episode.Through his social ventures, Paul Polak has inspired a revolution in how companies design, price, market and distribute products around the globe.  Dr. Polak is founder and CEO of Windhorse International, a for-profit social venture that aims to help the[…]

Lifeflo Oxygen

Podcast: Simple and Affordable Oxygen

  Lifeflo CEO Dan Normand discusses what simple and affordable oxygen means and how Lifeflo can save lives, especially infants. We discuss the importance of having oxygen in any emergency situation and Lifeflo’s goals to make this happen.   Dan has 30 years of medical device experience with companies like GE Healthcare, Covidian, ThermoRespiratory Group,[…]

Mike Saunders

Podcast: Mike Saunders Interviews The Level Market’s Founder

Stephanie Cox is an operator and survivor. She has a proven history leading technology and consumer goods companies in emerging markets. Having spent most of her life in the trenches, she is passionate and savvy with a generous helping of grit. Stephanie started her career as a journalist, which had her living and working in[…]

22LightBulbs Podcast Stower Energy

Podcast: Wireless Electricity

Andrew Byrnes discusses wireless electricity and the nexus between the humanitarian aid market and the outdoor industry. One is about survival and one is about privilege, but some of the design principles are the same.  Stower designs and runs wireless electricity systems for individuals and homes, delivering reliable, economic, sustainable solutions to specific power needs[…]

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Podcast: Ready to Use Nutritional Foods

In this episode, we speak to two powerhouses in the ready-to-use food industry from Edesia, Navyn Salem, and Maria Kasparian. Edesia is a unique organization that manufactures specialized ready-to-use foods (RUFs) that treat and prevent malnutrition in the world’s most vulnerable populations. Since its inception in 2010, Edesia has produced and shipped enough food to help transform the[…]

Search and Rescue Drones

Podcast: Search and Rescue Drones

  Ivan Stamatovski, founder of Easy Aerial ,talks about search and rescue drones as “zero responders.” Ivan is a digital strategist, entrepreneur and tech aficionado, designer of flying robots. His company, Easy Aerial, provides industry specific, custom aerial solutions.  Search and Rescue Drones With eyes in the sky, drones are changing the nature of search and rescue missions as they[…]

solar lending libraries

Podcast: Solar Lending Libraries in Africa

Megan Birney is the President of Unite to Light, which aims to bring light to those in poverty. Megan is an expert in renewable energy policy and finance. Throughout her career she has focused on increasing access to renewable energy.  In this episode, we’ll talk about how solar lending libraries dramatically improves education in Africa[…]

Flooring for Refugees

Podcast: Modular Flooring for Refugees

Scott Austin Key CEO and Co-Founder of Good Works Studio, a social company founded by two students at Rice University that’s created modular flooring for refugees. Good Works Studio believes in the power of design to innovate and are using it in creative ways. Scott has spent a significant amount of time in refugee camps[…]

Infusion Rate Monitor for Rural Clinics

Podcast: IV Infusion Rate Monitor for Rural Clinics

Beth Kolko is the co-founder and CEO of Seattle-based company Shift Labs. The company creates simple and affordable medical devices, such as the Dripassist Infusion Rate Monitor, for rapidly growing healthcare systems, such as rural medical clinics, that are in rugged environments and lack infrastructure. Beth is an entrepreneur, researcher, and educator, who blends disciplinary[…]

intelligent sanitary pads

Podcast: Intelligent Sanitary Pads

Trine Angeline Sig is the co-founder and managing director of Real Relief in Denmark, a global organization whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of millions of vulnerable people across the globe.  Trine has 16 years of experience in aid & relief, working with UN organizations as well as NGOs. In this[…]

22LightBulbs Podcast

22Lightbulbs: A Podcast about Humanitarian Entrepreneurs and Their Products

  Where did the name 22Lightbulbs come from? The name 22Lightbulbs is derived from Chinese numerology where the number 22 serves as the destiny number of individuals who are builders and leaders. These builders and leaders are usually visionaries with their feet strongly grounded. They love world peace, are unconventional in actions and thought, are[…]