May 2003

GlobalResolve: Development of a Sustainable Gelfuel Business in Rural Ghana

University of Idaho

Proposal Summary: This proposal is a continuation of a sustainable Vision grant awarded to ASU last year to design and build an ethanol gelfuel manufacturing plant. ASU now proposes to partner with the Kumasi Institute of Technology, Energy and Environment, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the village chief and elders in Domeabra, Ghana to begin developing the gelfuel industry. This ASU proposal seeks to 1) study the market and monitor the acceptance and market penetration of gelfuel in Domeabra and Kumasi; 2) develop ultra low-cost stoves designed to work with gelfuel that will be produced in Domeabra; and 3) help Domeabra make a supply chain for raw materials and marketing/distribution of the gelfuel and stoves. Anticipated Outcome of Project: The establishment of a supply chain for the raw materials and the marketing and distribution of gel fuel and low cost stoves. New jobs and revenue streams for Ghanaian entrepreneurs and a reduced dependence on wood burning stoves. Why Project Should be Funded: The project has made significant technical advances, but more remains to be done in order to launch a sustainable venture. If successful, this program could significantly reduce indoor pollution and resulting respiratory health problems. Use of Funds: Funding is requested for stipends, prototyping, travel expenses and indirect costs.

High Efficiency Stove Microenterprise

Proposal Summary: Engineers without Borders USA at the University of CO at Boulder has developed a high efficiency stove that burns cleaner and uses less fuel, thereby reducing indoor pollution, alleviating firewood shortages and deforestation. The stoves are constructed with blocks of pumice, which is abundant in Rwanda and other regions, and is robust, inexpensive, and an effective insulator. The team has worked in several locations in Rwanda over the past two years, most notably at the Mugonero Orphanage, where they installed a preliminary prototype of the high efficiency stove in 2007. Since then, additional stoves have been constructed locally and installed in the orphanage kitchen due to their success. The stoves have reduced the need for firewood by 70%. Engineers without Borders-CU chapter held a training workshop in July, 2008 at the St. Charles Lwanga Kolping Vocational Training Center in Muramba, Rwanda, where masonry students learned how to cut the pumice into blocks and construct the stoves. There is high demand for the product, and Rwandan partners such as the Kigali Institute of Technology and Management are very interested in disseminating the technology nationwide. Grant funds would be used to begin a microenterprise in Rwanda to manufacture and sell the stoves. Anticipated Outcome of Project: Development of a business model in western Rwanda to sustainably manufacture and sell stoves in partnership with Rwandan entrepreneurs. Why Project Should be Funded: This is an opportunity to support an EWB project with a strong entrepreneurial component. Work is well underway, and there is a high demand for this technology. EWB-USA shares valuable designs with other chapters working on similar systems so that technologies created by one chapter can be spread to multiple communities around the world. Results from the stove design will also be shared with the Earth Institute, which has Millennium Villages in Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Moreover, if successful, the design can be transferred to any developing area with a volcanic region to provide a source of pumice. Use of Funds: Funds are requested for equipment, travel, prototyping, stipends, and small amounts for publications and communications, indirect costs, and materials and supplies.

The Four Directions Program

Carnegie Mellon University

The Four Directions Program is focused on sustainable entrepreneurship and venture development for Native American students and others at Arizona State University. E-Teams develop business plans for tribal-based ventures emphasizing sustainability, and are encouraged to submit their proposals to NCIIA and seek support from other Arizona institutions

E-Team Workshop Series and Phase 0 Seed Fund Program

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

This project will help form E-Teams by creating hands-on project experiences for students from various disciplines. A series of three "E-workshops" will be held, in which professors and guest speakers will introduce and educate students on the process of developing an idea, performing market research, and creating business plans. At the end of the workshop series, E-Teams will compete for $1,000 in seed funding

Enabling Student Innovation in Biomedical Engineering: Development of a Graduate Level Innovative Design Class

This grant will help expand a pilot program in a graduate-level biomedical engineering course by offering additional resources to design teams: equipment, materials, supplies, prototyping funds, and expert lecturers and consultants. During this year-long class, students are completely responsible for idea generation, prototype development and commercialization planning. They are exposed to an entrepreneurial environment and gain entrepreneurial skills not traditionally taught or integrated into university coursework