Sam Goldman and Ned Tozun were delighted to win the DFJ Venture Challenge today. They now have $250K to pursue their dream: to make kerosene lanterns a part of history, where they belong.
www.dlightdesign.com provides cheap solid-state lighting to the developing world, where 2 billion people live without access to electricity, and use kerosene lamps and candles for lighting.
Ironically, kerosene lighting is one of the most expensive ways to light a home (consuming up to 30% of family income in many cases).
Kerosene lamps kill or seriously burn millions of children per year, and are a leading cause of indoor air pollution.
Over a five-year period, one kerosene lamp releases one ton of CO2 into the air (equivalent to driving a car from SF to NYC).
With their portable power light, d.light hopes to be able to boost safety, health, productivity and education while saving cost.
Here you see their reaction to the applause.