VENA is a low-cost, scalable, zero-
energy and zero maintenance solution for the developing world’s
critical need for drinking water. Being a bio-mimetic design modeled after the cacti, it extracts water
from air by transferring cool, below
ground temperatures to an elevated network of copper alloy
VENA creates value for villages and towns in developing, arid areas that lack ready access to
potable water. The direct beneficiaries of our technology are primarily villagers of developing
countries lacking access to clean water. Non-profits and corporations are currently funding
continuous water supply to these villages. Water is either piped in from distant areas, or bottled at
the source and then delivered.
Each average sized VENA unit, capable of producing 8-10 Liters per day, is expected to have a
production cost of $2,500 (including materials, labor, storage, energy, etc.). We project to sell 100
VENA units for $5,000 to corporations funding environmental and social causes for developing
regions. Corporate Customers include PepsiCo Foundation and Wells Fargo. Non Profit customers
include: "A Drop In the Bucket" "Aqua Para La Vida" "Blood: Water Mission" "Blue Legacy" and
"Clean Water For Haiti".
What is your success?
Within the next 12 months, our success is defined by the design and prototype completion of our
VENA unit. Our intent is to use the funds received from USD's social challenge to fabricate a full
scale prototype that can be tested in real world conditions. Within the next three years, we intend to
have our first deployment in Kenya, in which we are targeting to sell 100 units. Within the next 5
years we target to sell 500 units in various developing regions, providing over 10,000 liters a day.
How will you do it?
We are seeking $250,000 for VENA’s commercialization and $500,000 to support the business
development needed to propel VENA to a breakeven point. VENA is currently funded at $15,000.
The next stage in our product’s commercialization is to develop our alpha, being a full
which will be installed in the Sierra Nevada Desert. We plan to have VENA’s alpha prototype serve
as a platform for fundraisi