- Mikayla Sullivan, 21; Ella Gehrke, 21; Clayton Mooney, 29; Elise Kendall, 24
KinoSol is a benefit corporation with the primary mission to decrease food waste on a global scale. At its core, KinoSol offers organizations with humanitarian efforts to answer a major agricultural problem in developing regions. The company's first product, KinoSol Orenda, is a solar-powered food dehydrator with a temporary storage that helps farmers around the world decrease their postharvest loss year-round. KinoSol relies on global partnerships--NGOs, aid organizations, churches, hospitals, universities--to help distribute and implement KinoSol Orendas. The founding team traveled and worked in more than 50 countries before launching the Orenda.
With more than $100,000 in funding from business-plan and pitch competitions as well as grants, KinoSol plans to have its second product to market by the summer of 2018--a food dehydrator designed for urban environments throughout the United States and Western Europe. The company garners revenue from direct sales to organizations in partnership with developing countries, unit sponsorship, and the brand's clothing merchandise.
Note: All data as of 1/31/17