Evaptainers wins award for Innovative Ideas and Technologies on Agribusiness from UNIDO Italy

Milan, Italy

We were thrilled to accept an Overall award for an Innovative Idea and Technology on Agribusiness as part of the Special Conference – Inspire Power: Food Security for Developing Countries, within Seeds&Chips 2017. 

Serena Hollmeyer Taylor, CSO of Evaptainers, accepting the Overall Award from Marco Gualtieri, Founder and Chairman of Seeds&Chips; and DIana Bataggia, Director of UNIDO ITPO Italy.

Serena Hollmeyer Taylor, CSO of Evaptainers, accepting the Overall Award from Marco Gualtieri, Founder and Chairman of Seeds&Chips; and DIana Bataggia, Director of UNIDO ITPO Italy.

We were supported by Ahold Delhaize and UNIDO in our travel and had the opportunity to meet innovators, leaders, students, and supporters of food innovation from all over the world. We've discovered a new cohort of partners with whom we look forward to working on the endemic problem of post-harvest spoilage. 

On Tuesday the conference welcomed the keynote speaker, Former President of the United States Barack Obama. His speech highlighted the links between food, health, climate, and joy. Speaking with Sam Kass, former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition, President Obama talked about his wife Michelle Obama's work on food policy and said that she had inspired him in her successes. When asked why he thought she was so successful he answered that he thought that it was because she approached the issue from a parent's perspective, not just a policymaker's. This made our team think long and hard about how to best enable parents to make the best nutritional choices for their children and we look forward to ensuring that our post-harvest spoilage solution can empower those choices. It was an honor to see President Obama speak and we look forward to hearing more from him about food, nutrition, and climate. 

Needless to say, we also had an incredible time exploring Milano, the delightful tradition of the aperitivo, and the canals of Navigli.

 

Serena Hollmeyer Taylor, CSO, presenting at the Special Conference: Inspire Power: Food Security for the Developing Countries.

Serena Hollmeyer Taylor, CSO, presenting at the Special Conference: Inspire Power: Food Security for the Developing Countries.

Evaptainers Wins the People's Choice Award at FoodBytes SF!

One of the things that makes what we do so rewarding is how many people connect with the our mission and the impact alternative refrigeration can have on the livelihoods of vulnerable populations. It is that shared connection that what makes our receiving the People's Choice Award at FoodBytes SF all the sweeter.

 

The more people who identify with our mission and our company the further we can take our technology.

Thank you,

The Evaptainers Team

 

Evaptainers wins Gold at the 2017 Food + City prize!

The Evaptaners team could not be more proud to have won gold at this year's Food + City Prize. The cohort of 18 finalists was top notch and we made incredibly valuable connections that we will be able to take advantage of as we move forward with the next phase of our rollout. At the confrence, we also unveiled the new EV8 unit. This will be coming soon to the website so keep an eye out for updates. 

Thank you to the whole Food City team for a truly wonderful event!

 

 

Evaptainers Has Been Shortlisted for the Siemens Stiftung Empowering People Award!

We are so pleased to announce that we have been selected as one of 23 finalists for The Empowering People Award from Siemens Stiftung! 

We will be traveling to Berlin to participate in the conference and vetting process for the award and could not be more pleased. Before then we need your help, As part of the event there is a community voting component. Here is a link to our voting page, as always we would so appreciate your support. Stay tuned for updates as we ramp up to Berlin!

 

Evaptainers is awarded a Stage 1 DIV Grant by USAID

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Evaptainers is proud to announce that we have won a Stage 1 grant from the US Agency for International Development through their Development Innovation Ventures Lab (USAID-DIV). The Stage 1 seed-funding grants allow organizations, universities, and individuals to refine and improve their ideas. 

USAID DIV grants are the gold standard in development funding and we could not be more proud to be a recipient of this prestigious grant. The grant will fund our upcoming large-scale partner field trial that we will conduct in Morocco in the 2016 growing season and give us a runway to commercial launch.

The entire Evaptainers team wants to thank USAID and the DIV program for this huge validation and support in bringing our innovative technology to market. 

- The Evaptainers Team

 

 

Evaptainers takes 2nd place internationally at Future Agro Challenge!

Our team is proud to announce finishing 2nd place internationally for the Future Ago Challenge at Medellin Colombia! Below is a blog post from Yassine Maghnouj, our Director of Marketing, who represented our team in Colombia:

Although I spent less than a week in Medellin Colombia for the 2016 Global Entrepreneur Summit, it was an amazing experience for me. Arriving in Colombia, I had a quick night of rest before events started on Monday 12th. When the conference started the next morning, I quickly got settled and got the chance to meet the other challengers in Future Agro Challenge. I was very happy that Evaptainers interested a lot of startups, some of whom even offered to do pilot tests for us (Sudan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Chili, Colombia, Saudi Arabia). The FAC startups shared a lot of great ideas and began preparing together for the pitching event. We also had one-to-one mentoring sessions, where I got the chance to meet 4 mentors who gave me great feedback on our product and business plan.

Tuesday was the big day. The morning started with a networking and conference event where I heard speeches from people like Larry Alder from Google, who gave us a vision of what the future holds for technologies and entrepreneurship. In the afternoon, we all went through the pre-pitch preparation, learning about the new “Get in The Ring” competition format where startups face each other one-on-one to try to convince judges they were the best startup. After spending the afternoon rehearsing, it was finally show time. I first faced the team in Kyrgyzstan and eventually went to compete against CropX from Israel on stage. With the support of everybody, we prevailed and made it to the final battle of the Future Agro Challenge. For the Final battle, we were led into another room that was packed with conference attendees, bright lights, cameras, people cheering and a big ring in the middle for the pitch. I was definitely really stressed during the pitch, but ultimately we finished second place overall. I was happy that Nicolas (Vacuch) won the grand prize - they deserved it. We headed to a party after that where I got a lot of cheering and encouragement and collected many business cards and I had a good time with the FAC organizes and other startups from around the world. Some even proposed to help Evaptainers further and planned to invite us to coming events.

That experience was really a great challenge for me and I’m happy to have reached 2nd and improved my pitching skills. The rest of the time, I visited Medellin and discovered a very beautiful city with interesting experiences on how to raise the living standards by linking people with transportation and access to culture and entrepreneurship. I also went to Guatape, a beautiful village nearby with amazing view and traditional restaurants. Heading back to Morocco, I felt that I learned a lot and made a lot of wonderful friends and contacts.

 

Evaptainers Named as National Geographic Great Energy Challenge Grant Winner!

The Evaptainers team is excited to announce that we have been named by National Geographic as a Great Energy Challenge grant winner! 

The Challenge, seeks to “hasten the growth of promising, global energy solutions as a response to climate change, energy resource constraints and environmental limitations.” National Geographic provides support to Evaptainers and the other Energy Innovators as we work to provide sustainable solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems. For Evaptainers the grant will help us continue our ongoing field tests in rural Morocco and support the development of our next-generation prototype.  One of the greatest parts of being awarded this grant is learning more about the other awardees work, check it out here.

We are thrilled to be supported by such a wide-reaching and impactful organization and look forward to working closely with the National Geographic team as we move into the next phase of development. Find out more about us and the Challenge here.

To download a press release about the award please click here.

A great day for Evaptainers

We here at Evaptainers have been waiting for this moment for a long time - two years in fact. Last week we started receiving our first feedback from rural users in Morocco. Our Moroccan team visited one family who have been using an Evaptainer in their home for over a month to get their reactions.

The family lives in a rural area without electricity outside of Ifrane in northern Morocco. During our visit were happy to learn that they are proudly keeping the Evaptainer in their kitchen and are using it to extend the life of the tomatoes, cauliflower and herbs they buy at their local souk (open air market). They confirmed for us that produce lasts much longer when stored in the Evaptainer - for example, tomatoes that would have lasted 6 days previously, now last 10. Not only are they spending less money on food but one of the unexpected benefits has been that the family is also saving money by reducing the number of trips to the souk. Because of the less frequent trips Hamid has more time to tend his crops and take care of his livestock. Hamid estimated that the Evaptainer had saved his family, on average, 40-50 DHS (US$4-5) per week. This is significant when you think that their income is around $100 USD per week.

Seeing the hours spent prototyping, puzzling through problems, and conducting thermal tests to finally have a real-world effect on a rural household is an incredible feeling. We’re thrilled that our device has been able to help Hamid and his family reduce their food spoilage, allowing them to save more money, improve their productivity and quality of life. This is the first family of so many that we plan to positively impact with the Evaptainer.

Evaptainers Chosen as one of the 25 Nominees for the PostCode Green Challenge Competition.

We have fantastic news! Evaptainers has been selected as one of the 25 nominees for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2015. This is the biggest annual international competition in the field of sustainability innovation. The winner receives €500,000 to further develop their product or service in order to bring it more quickly to market. The organization will also award a runner-up prize of €200,000.  

On 17 August we will hear whether Evaptainers is one of the 5 successful finalists competing in Amsterdam for the grand prize of €500,000 during the finale of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2015. For more information visit check out the Postcode Lottery Website! Stay tuned for updates.

-The Evaptainer team

Moroccan Update: Visit to COPAG

COPAG Visit

Our team is currently building resources in Morocco where we are preparing to launch the next phase of our field trial. This week our Moroccan team visited COPAG, one of Morocco's premier dairy cooperatives, to learn more about their milk sourcing operations. COPAG works with 14,000 diary producers throughout the country, which range from large dairy farms to individual families with only 1 or 2 cows. COPAG is in the Souss Massa Draa region of Morocco, the country's leading producer of tomatoes and dairy products, but also one of the least economically developed regions in the country. Experiences like our visit to COPAG give us a better sense of community needs and afford us opportunities to forge partnerships with organizations seeking to improve the lives of the rural poor.

Must Read: New York times article on African Spoilage

The New York Times just published a fantastic article titled Wasting Less of Africa’s Harvest in Order to Prosper. The article looks at multiple angles of the problem of post harvest spoilage in Tanzania and what the government and people are doing to combat it. Evaporative coolers are mentioned as one piece of the solution and reminds all of us here at Evaptainers why it is so important that we develop and deploy our product. Read the article and learn more about our mission to reduce food waste and improve food security.