I have been mentoring SolVia Solar over the past five months and have been very impressed with their business development. SolVia has made tremendous progress in transforming a concept for concentrated solar energy into a potential socially impactful business that will benefit third world farmers. With sound experimentation, this team has validated the solar concentration technology using painstaking mathematical computations to determine an optimal configuration. Then they proved their theory with a working prototype.
SolVia Solar embraces the concepts of Lean development and has eagerly accepted all challenges I’ve put forth in modeling their business as a Lean startup. As engineering students, they have also quickly grasped financial characteristics necessary to create a sustainable business. Given their excellent progress to date, I’m confident that SolVia Solar has the talent and passion to develop a sound business that will help impoverished farmers around the world.