Back in January 2015, the New York City (NYC) chapter of Tech in Motion welcomed Brooklyn startup BioLite to come demo at their “Demos & Drinks: Travel & Adventure” event. Not only did the demo company knock it out of the park, but NYC members are still talking about what an engaging and revolutionary product BioLite presented while in the process of launching.
Since then, BioLite has grown into a dynamic social enterprise that develops, manufactures, and markets consumer energy products for off-grid communities around the world. While it still utilizes patented thermoelectric technology that makes cooking with wood as clean, safe, and easy as modern fuels, it has rapidly expanded its line of products from three to 15 unique items that simultaneously aid in outdoor activity while charging small electronic devices.
The beauty of BioLite’s line of products lies within their versatility and simplicity of use. Once the initial investment is made into the hardware, materials to put the product to work are nearly ubiquitous and costless. Take, for example, Biolite’s classic CampStove. By using wood to produce a smokeless fire, users can cook over kitchen-grade heat while the energy produced through fire is simultaneously able to power small electronic devices, like phones and USB flashlights.
Additionally, BioLite is a “purchase with an impact.” At the heart of the company is desire to do good through a sustainable, eco-friendly product. As such, a portion of each sale goes toward bringing clean cooking and energy to in-need communities across India and sub-Saharan Africa.
BioLite recently received $5 million in funding from six investors, and is working on launching a new line of cookware, solar panels, and small lights. For more information or to keep up with BioLite’s growing success, please visit http://www.biolitestove.com/.
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