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Meet the 2017 Finalists: Eco-Shelter

Posted by Jaimisa Gourley
SVP Fast Pitch 2017 - Semifinals

Our Mission: Eco-Shelter is a social enterprise with a mission to provide a safe, affordable, and ecological roofing alternative for under-served populations globally.

What inspires you most about the work you do? I am always inspired when I am in India and I get the chance to visit slums and meet with women in their homes. Hearing their personal stories of resiliency, their dreams for the future, and what a home means to them leaves me inspired and determined to solve (a piece) of the housing problem.

What’s next for your organization? We have a number of exciting opportunities around the corner. We’re planning for a pilot project in India using an improved roofing material on homes and other infrastructure projects to gather user feedback for future design modifications. We’re also in early discussions planning for manufacturing capacity in India.

What have you learned from the SVP Fast Pitch process so far? The feedback I’ve received throughout the SVP Fast Pitch program has pushed me to refine and better articulate my business and go-to-market strategy. When I look back over the past three months, I’m amazed at how much my thinking has evolved with the incredible coaching.

What are you most excited about on October 24thI feel very lucky to have the opportunity to shine a light on a problem that I’ve become so passionate about and I hope to inspire others to pursue innovation in the global housing sector.

Website: www.eco-shelter.org

 

Check out the full list of finalists here. Join us at the Final Showdown on 10/24!

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