Muhammad Yunus presents Agua Inc with 1st Place at the 2013 New Hampshire Social Business Innovation Challenge
Agua Inc wins 1st Place at the 2013 New Hampshire Social Business Innovation Challenge presented by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus.
Monday, September 30th, 2013
This award is the culmination and the beginning of a new era that began during Unreasonable at Sea, a collaboration between Unreasonable and Semester at Sea, called Agua Experience which united ambitious students dedicated to the environment and human dignity with Agua Inc, a Boulder based social enterprise that aims to sustainably clean water around the world. www.aguainc.com
According to Agua Inc’s CEO, Bianca Griffith “This is just the beginning of a new way of doing business. Agua Inc is more than a water company; it is the unification of diverse ideas and expertise from around the world, and a demonstration of the resounding belief that economic profitability is not mutually exclusive of social responsibility and environmental sustainability.”
The prize was presented by Muhammad Yunus the creator of the Grameen Bank and microfinance to Bret Steiman a local New Hampshire student, who participated in the Agua Experience abroad and has joined the company as its director of strategic operations in the US. On recounting his feeling when he was awarded the prize Mr. “I could not express what I felt whenreceiving the award from from the Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. I feel as though we have made a milestone accomplishment. Agua Inc, has made its mark, and has shown that there is unprecedented support for our work.” This is now the second Nobel Laureate to support the company since Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa during Unreasonable at Sea.
The company is now partnering with students, NGOs and governments across the world to revolutionize how water is treated globally. Agua Inc offers water treatment technology that can treat water beyond US standards for a fraction of the cost without energy or chemicals and is looking to bring the technology to the United States. According to the Agua Inc team, “Today is only the beginning, and this success belongs to not only Agua Inc, but all those who have inspired and pushed us forward including our incredible mentors Hunter Lovins, Jeff Hoffman, Prince Fahad Al Saud, Pascal Finette, Tom Chi, Kamran Elahian, Martin Guillermo, Megan Smith, Cathy Rodgers, George Kembel and organizations like the Nike Foundation, SAP and the HUB who demonstrate the power of innovation and community impact, as well as many more”. Agua Inc is still a long way from its ultimate goal of providing clean water to the nearly billion people without access and to revolutionizing an industry that consumes millions of watts of energy in the US, but this is an important first step.
Julie Michaels, Media Relations, Agua Inc. Bianca Griffith, CEO, Agua Inc.