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We Care Solar

We save lives in childbirth by making solar power simple. We offer energy solutions for health clinics in the developing world.

  • Stage $5M in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Medical Devices and Equipment
  • Location Berkeley, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded August 2010
  • Employees 12
  • Incorporation Type Not Incorporated
  • Website wecaresolar.org

Company Summary

We Care Solar designs and manufactures the Solar Suitcase, a rugged, portable solar electric system. The majority of health clinics in the developing world lack reliable energy; each year, some 303,000 mothers die in pregnancy and childbirth, predominantly in energy-poor areas. Reliable electricity allows doctors and nurses to offer urgent obstetric care and perform life-saving surgery. We have shipped 3200 Solar Suitcase systems to 17 countries.

Team

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    Exec Director, Co-Founder

    MD, UCSF Medical School
    MPH, UC Berkeley
    DrPH candidate, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
    Ob/Gyn in Berkeley for 15 years
    Associate Director of Emergency Obstetric Research in West Africa for the Bixby Center for Population Health and Sustainability
    Lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
    Co-chair of International Working group on Energy and Health for UN Foundation

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    Samantha Parsons
    COO

    Sam has 19 years of experience in International Development. She has 7 years experience as VP of Business Development and Operations at iDE, a Denver-based non-profit using market-based approaches and human centered design to help fight global poverty, 2 years as General Manager for inPractice Africa (based in South Africa), promoting mobile technology for health in limited resource setting and 10 years as Director with Chemonics International.

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    Hal Aronson
    Director of Technology

    Co-founder of We Share Solar, the educational program that empowers youth to learn about solar energy and build Solar Suitcases for schools and orphanages.
    Co-creator of Solar Schoolhouse
    Founder of California Youth Energy Services
    13 years teaching solar energy developing solar energy curriculum as Solar Schoolhouse, Solar Richmond, Solar Energy International and Unitek
    Ph.D. in environmental sociology from UCSC

Advisors

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    Spencer Weisbroth, Esq.
    Lawyer
    Unconfirmed

Previous Investors

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    MacArthur Foundation
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    Michael Marks
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    UBS Optimus Foundation
    Unconfirmed