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One Earth Designs

Concentrated solar energy for fuel-constrained families on the Himalayan Plateau

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong
  • Currency USD
  • Founded June 2012
  • Employees 19
  • Website

Company Summary

We provide clean energy to fuel-constrained families by designing, manufacturing, & selling new solar thermal tech. Our customers in China are low-income families facing fuel scarcity. In the US, they are grillers, campers, & disaster preppers. Our solar cooker, SolSource, saves families up to $40 per month, and decreases toxic stove smoke (killer of 4 million people/year).


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    Scot Frank
    Founder / CEO

    Scot received Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from MIT. He holds three patents for: cancer diagnostics and solar energy. He has founded three companies, led MIT D-Lab’s China program, administered MIT's Global Village Project, & advised CGI and Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room. Scot is a Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur, Unreasonable Fellow, Cordes Fellow, ECSEL Fellow, & Make a Difference Venture Fellow.

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    Catlin Powers
    Founder / COO

    Catlin (Wellesley College, chemistry; Harvard University, public health) has received awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the US EPA, and the US NSF for her research on energy & air quality. She has consulted on renewable energy projects in the US, India, and China; managed CGIU’s technology portfolio; and served on advisory boards of the Harvard Hauser Center for Nonprofits and Harvard College’s Global Health Review.

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    Erica Young
    Chief Design Officer

    Erica is an industrial designer with extensive experience designing, developing and manufacturing products in Hong Kong and China for the North American market. Previously, she was CDO of the robotics company, Intuitive Automata. She also designed and developed the Esprit kids footwear line for the US and Canada, and numerous product lines for Gap.

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    Clement Lam

    Clement has been managing, mentoring, and building start-up companies for many years. He brings extensive experience in technology as well as years of work in Silicon Valley and throughout Asia. Clement co-founded Ambient Technologies, a broadband internet company he later sold to Intel. At One Earth, Clement is responsible for world-wide business partnerships. He received his BE and ME in Engineering Physics from McMaster University.

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    Hayley Ho
    Marketing Manager

    Hayley comes to us from Pentagram Design where she worked with clients including United Airlines, Benetton, and Mothercare. Originally from London, Hayley studied product design at Central Saint Martins and conducted independent research on traditional handicraft and design in China, from which she derives much of her inspiration.


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    Theresa Kavanaugh, PhD, JD, Partner, Goodwin Procter; Thomas Man, Partner, Hogan Lovells
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    Jinhong Zhang, CPA, Hill Morgan and Associates, LLP

Previous Investors

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    Calvert Special Equities
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    DOEN Foundation
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