re-inVENT  

Making cooking a safe and family oriented experience in homes around the world

Our Idea

Who are we?

re-inVENT is a non-profit organization dedicated to solving Acute Lower Respiratory Illness (ALRI), a problem that affects 500,000 children under the age of 5 every year due to indoor smoke inhalation from open cooking fires.

The the help of our partners, our group of multi disciplinary engineering students with numerous ties with non-profit organizations and extensive experience in education, fabrication, mentorship, and design are using our unique skills and resources to put simple and safer stoves into homes around the world.

What are we offering?

A low cost, portable, and customizable stove/ventilation system, to eradicate Acute Lower Respiratory Illness for families in Haiti who rely on indoor and open cooking fires.

We will also provide education and experience to locals in assembling and manufacturing these systems through local technical college design classes,

Who are we offering it to?

Our stove will directly benefit low income families and communities in developing areas such as Grand-Goâve, Haiti where smoke inhalation due to indoor cooking has become a significant health issue. People are using biomass and scrap wood as fuel in poorly ventilated homes. The local students will learn about the causes of ALRI and how to both install, maintain, and use our stove at home.

Why does that person care?

Increase household air quality and life expectancy by lowering risk of ALRI through smoke ventilation from cooking stove. Our stove reduces ocular damage by redirecting smoke from direct living area to outside the home using flexible tubing. Our design allows people to continue using their most accessible fuel resources, thus not forcing them change to a new method of energy generation. 

Our distinctive competencies

We have worked with numerous non-profit and aid organizations such as Haiti Arise and Project 90 who provide means of distribution. Our team has extensive experience teaching and team members are personally going to Haiti to teach in May 2019. Furthermore, we have experience in manufacturing and design of ventilation systems.

The substitutes & alternatives

The alternative options are complex and expensive stoves that require frequent refuelling which is an expensive and unsustainable process. Another option that is currently being put to use is simply doing nothing and continuing breathing dangerous fumes. Family could also move their cooking areas outside where weather conditions can vary and negatively impact cooking.

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Our Pitch

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The Key Personas and the Value They See

#Esther

Our first key person is Esther who is a low income Haitian mother who cooks indoors on open fires to support her family.

She believes in re-inVENT because she wants her children and her family to have longer and more healthier lives.

We pledge to provide a stove that allows cooking to become a safe and family friendly activity where children and adults will no longer be exposed to the hazards of smoke inhalation.

#John

Our second key person is John who is a student at a Haitian technical college interested in developing hands on design skills while improving the lives of his community members.

John believes in re-inVENT because it provides him and his peers opportunities to learn, build, and install stoves into homes of at-risk families.

We promise to provide him and his college with the best resources and expert learning to forever change the lives of his family and friends.

#Mark

Our third key person is is Mark who is a customer of utility service companies in Calgary who believes in supporting and employing socially responsible businesses.

Mark believes in re-inVENT because he feels fortunate to live and cook in a safe environment and wants to pay forward his support by choosing service providers that benefit those in need.

We promise to provide a feedback system to ensure Mark and the service providers will see the immediate value and impact of re-inVENT stoves with personal web communications and letters from families.

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8 Comments

  1. Customer (C)

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    I really like this service/product overall, but I think it would help to address why Haitians can’t just cook outside. They could have their supplies stolen but what it they brought them inside after they were done?

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    Great Idea! You might want to consider partnering with a local manufacturer to build the product. This way you will help boost local business and improve the quality of life for low-income families.

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    I like the idea and definitely see the problem that you are tackling as very important. I think something that really lacks in the pitch for me is really convincing the population in Haiti that this is a solution, It’s obvious to us that this is an issue, but I think you need to hit home that you are going to educate the people of Haiti. Why aren’t they already doing it? Is your single college going to be enough? Is the college you are going to use credible? How is the college going to reach people? I think you should try to prove that the people really see this as an issue, and not just us onlookers. Prove that the people want this solution, not just us. Other than this, great pitch, great story telling.

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    Great idea and i believe in the product and really want it to happen.
    the way your pretotype transformed from a cement chimney to a ceramic stove was brilliant You guys really found a inexpensive solution to a big problem and the way you are getting funding and delivering the product is great.

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    I think your idea and pitch is really awesome! You guys are definitely my favorite idea.
    I think there could be more clarification on incentives for the funders if there are any since they are based out in Calgary.

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    -Great Story.
    -How is your device different from a wood stove?
    -Who are you pitching to exactly? investors?

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    I can definitely see the need based on your previous pitches! You guys do a great job telling the story and it’s very enjoyable to watch.

    I’m unsure how you guys will reach distinctive since there is nothing holding people back from coming in and doing the exact same thing. Although maybe being a non-profit organization it doesn’t matter since profit isn’t on the line.

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    Awesome idea! you guys are adding a great value to your customer and completely realized the problem that the developed countries are facing through you! loved how your pretotype was changed from a cement to a ceramic stove. However, one thing that jump into my mind whenever you guys pitch is: since this is a major problem that is happening, why aren’t they already doing something similar to your product?