Welcome to the Team, Emil!

Welcome to the Team, Emil!

May 03, 2016

We’re excited to announce that experienced sales executive Emil Heidkamp has joined the LuminAID Team! With wide-ranging experience in consumer products sales from startups to Fortune 500s, Emil is excited to bring his expertise to a small business perspective. With Emil as a part of the LuminAID Team, we’re looking forward to expanding our impact in retail and beyond.

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Our Experience During the 2011 Japan Earthquake

Our Experience During the 2011 Japan Earthquake

March 11, 2016

On March 11, 2011, the country of Japan experienced one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded. By total coincidence, Anna and Andrea were on a school trip in Tokyo at the time. By the end of the trip, the were inspired to further develop what would become the LuminAID.

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LuminAID's Year in Review

LuminAID's Year in Review

February 22, 2016

One year ago, co-founders Anna and Andrea walked into the Shark Tank and introduced LuminAID to the world. It’s hard to believe how much we’ve grown in the last year. None of this could have happened without the incredible energy of our supporters. We want to share with you everything that your support has empowered us to accomplish!

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Notes from the Field: Co-founder edition

Notes from the Field: Co-founder edition

January 03, 2016

When Anna and Andrea were attaching batteries and solar panels together to make the first solar inflatable lanterns in their kitchen, the two graduate students knew little about how far their lights would go. 5 years later, the little idea of the LuminAID light found its way to Malawi in southeast Africa, to help families whose houses has been destroyed by extreme flooding. Anna and Andrea had the opportunity to help out, and see the impact of LuminAID lights in person -- for the first time.

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LuminAID takes on the Tank

LuminAID takes on the Tank

December 01, 2015

Andrea Sreshta and Anna Stork, co-founders of Chicago-based LuminAID present their solar powered inflatable light invention to the distinguished panel of potential investors known as “the sharks” on ABC’s "Shark Tank"

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Shining Light on Nepal: Give Light, Get Light Update from UNFPA and LuminAID

Shining Light on Nepal: Give Light, Get Light Update from UNFPA and LuminAID

November 21, 2015

Thank you!  The response to our Give Light Nepal campaign was overwhelming, and we far exceeded our donation goal.  Thanks to your support, we were able to partner with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to distribute 1000 solar lights to women and girls in need following the earthquakes in Nepal.  Through their 'Female Friendly Spaces' program, UNFPA Nepal has provided needed LuminAID lights to women and children left vulnerable after the earthquakes in Nepal earlier this year. 

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Notes from the Field: Renee St. Jacques Shares Light in Cameroon

Notes from the Field: Renee St. Jacques Shares Light in Cameroon

October 11, 2015

The latest installment in our Notes from the Field series comes from Renee St. Jacques, a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. Renee recently coordinated the distribution of lights in her village, and shares how LuminAID lanterns have helped provide light for families who cannot afford electricity, and encouraged educational prospects for children in the village.

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Autumn Eco-Friendly Updates

Autumn Eco-Friendly Updates

October 09, 2015

As summer turns to fall, you may be thinking about updating your home décor. As you start sprucing up, keep these eco-friendly updates in mind that will make your live easier, and give the environment a break too. Guest post by Modernize writer Kelsey Reaves.

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Update From the Field: Lighting the Way for Syrian Refugees in Greece

Update From the Field: Lighting the Way for Syrian Refugees in Greece

September 22, 2015

The Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM), a volunteer-based NGO from Seattle, is working to provide needed help and supplies to refugees who have crossed the perilous Mediterranean and finally arrive -- largely without supplies -- in Greece.  As the refugees continue their journey with limited access to necessities, lightweight and waterproof LuminAID solar lights mean that access to light at least is always in hand.

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LuminAID Announces $100K Chase Mission Main Street Grant

LuminAID Announces $100K Chase Mission Main Street Grant

September 18, 2015

LuminAID is proud to announce selection as one of 20 American small business owners to receive a $100,000 Mission Main Street Grant from JP Morgan Chase! Thank you to all of our supporters who have helped us along the way. This funding will help us expand LuminAID and our projects worldwide. We have so many people to thank!

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Notes from the Field: Hannah Marqusee, Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal

September 02, 2015


The latest installment in our Notes from the Field series comes from Hannah Marqusee, a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. Hannah recently coordinated the distribution of donated lights from the Give Light, Get Light program, and shares how LuminAID lanterns have helped students in the village continue their studies, and have provided a safe lighting alternative to candles and kerosene as the village looks to rebuild. 

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PackLite 16: Revamped

PackLite 16: Revamped

August 20, 2015

The latest and greatest PackLite 16 is here, featuring a charging indicator, amped-up LEDs, thicker TPU, and a longer-lasting battery.

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Summer Weekend Bucket List

August 13, 2015

Summer weekends are great for some well-deserved refresh and relaxation. How will you be enjoying your last few summer weekends? The LuminAID Team offers their favorite ideas.

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Shark Tank Happy Hour + 5 Events Not To Miss At Outdoor Retailer

August 03, 2015

We are excited to be hosting a happy hour this year at Outdoor Retailer along with some of our friends! 

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Notes from the Field: Bringing Light to the Rural Artisans of Madagascar

July 22, 2015

The latest installment in our Notes from the Field series comes from Ian Gorecki, who a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar.  Ian recently coordinated the distribution of LuminAID lights to artisans in the Androy region of Madagascar, and shares the impact the lights have had on this community.  In an area with limited resources and infrastructure, LuminAID lights have brightened prospects for the women of Tsimankiarake, Madagascar.

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Our Shark Tank Experience and why we went with Mark Cuban

June 30, 2015

LuminAID Team on Shark TankEveryone’s getting the bright idea: hikers in Yosemite, backpackers in Whistler, and emergency workers in Nepal alike use LuminAID to light their way. Even the reality investment show ABC’s Shark Tank found the LuminAID vision irresistible, and invited Anna and Andrea on the show for a chance to premiere their product on primetime.

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Updates From the Field: Nepal Earthquake Relief

June 17, 2015

luminaid-give-light-get-light-nepalThank you to all of our Give Light, Get Light supporters!  We have been amazed by the outpouring of support that we received after the Nepal Earthquake in April.  Your contributions have helped LuminAID distribute over 1,000 lights to earthquake relief efforts in Nepal, with many more on the way.

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Give Light Nepal Provide Lights for Earthquake Relief

April 27, 2015

The Kathmandu Post reported that up to 70% of houses in rural areas have been destroyed close to the epicentre in Gorkha. We're working with our partner organizations on the ground to distribute LuminAID lights to those homeless and without electricity.

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LuminAID PackLite 12 featured in OUTSIDE Magazine Summer's Buyer's Guide 2015

April 14, 2015

OUTSIDE, America’s leading active lifestyle brand, has selected LuminAID to be featured in their Summer Buyer’s Guide as among the best gear to have for the summer sports season.

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Shelterbox and LuminAID: Disaster Relief Shines on 'Shark Tank'

March 27, 2015

UK-based charity ShelterBox is always on the lookout for products that will help in the world’s disaster zones. Ingenious ‘luminAID’ provides lighting and security where power lines are down – and it also provided a light bulb moment on the US version of Dragon’s Den.

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Lighting An Educational Path: The Kikulu Foundation

March 13, 2015

Paths have been lit for 140 children at our partner orphanage in Uganda. For the kids in Uganda, after dark, can be impossible to spend anytime reading or studying outside or in their rooms. These lights will allow and encourage nighttime study.

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Announcing the Pack Line!

Announcing the Pack Line!

February 01, 2015

Announcing the newest technology in light! 

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Notes from the Field: Katenge School, Uganda

Notes from the Field: Katenge School, Uganda

December 20, 2014

Providing lights for Katenge School in Uganda!

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Notes from The Field: Rajany Matthew, Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar

Notes from The Field: Rajany Matthew, Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar

December 10, 2014

Rajany Matthew, a peace corps volunteer in Madagascar, distributes LuminAID lights to silk weavers as part of our Give Light, Get Light campaign. 

 

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