Monthly Newsletter: September 2009

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D.light Design is an international consumer products company delivering quality energy solutions to families living without adequate electricity. Our mission is to enable households without reliable electricity to attain the same quality of life as those with electricity. We will begin by replacing every kerosene lantern with clean, safe and bright light. D.light is financed by prestigious venture capital firms including Nexus India Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Garage Technology Ventures, Mahindra & Mahindra; with investment from leading social enterprise funds Acumen Fund and Gray Matters Capital.


New D.light Product - Coming Soon!

We can't tell you what it is yet, but we are really excited about our new product. It will be launching very soon, and it will be our lowest-cost quality product to date. Stay tuned for news coming up in the very near future!


D.light Recognized as Global CleanTech 100 Winner

We're pleased to share that D.light has been selected as a winner of the prestigious Global CleanTech 100, which recognizes the most promising commercial clean technology enterprises on the planet. The 100 represents the collective wisdom of the experts reached by internationally recognized The Cleantech Group and leading publication the Guardian.

The Global CleanTech 100 was featured in The Guardian newspaper and will be honored at upcoming CleanTech Forums in the US, India, UK, and China.  Visit the CleanTech website for more information.

 

D.light at the World Economic Forum Conference

As finalists in this year's Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Competition, founders Ned Tozun and Sam Goldman were invited to participate in the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of New Champions in Dalian, China, on September 10-12. This annual WEF conference focuses particularly on emerging markets and new players in the global economy.

Ned Tozun was asked to present at a Social Entrepreneurship IdeasLab, at which business and government leaders from around the world heard about D.light's mission and work. The resulting energy and enthusiasm in the room was palpable--for D.light, but also for the other social enterprises that were featured, including organizations focused on land rights, migrant labor opportunities, and community development.

Though the concept of social entrepreneurship is still in its nascent stages in mainstream business circles, interest is clearly growing. Thanks to the Schwab Foundation for giving us this opportunity to share about D.light on the world stage!


D.light Featured in Time Magazine

In the September 21 issue of Time Magazine around the world, D.light was featured as one of 25 "Responsibility Pioneers" in a supplement to their cover article on Ethical Consumerism. If you didn't get a chance to see it in print, you can still read the article online and view D.light's profile.



The Solata is Now Available on Amazon

Thanks to the very positive response to the Nova S200 on Amazon, we've decided to add the Solata as well. It's available to be ordered and shipped anywhere in the continental US. Now anyone in the US can now purchase either product online here.


D.light China Moves to New Office

You all know that D.light has been growing at an exponential rate. So for the second time in less than a year, D.light's China office has had to move to a new, larger office. Still in the heart of Shenzhen, the China office is nearly double the size of the previous office and allows for more meeting spaces and an exclusive testing room. Special thanks to the China admin staff for helping us make this move happen! Please see the contact page on our website for our new address.



 
 



Rachel greets guests in the
reception area
  More space means each team has its own office - this is the Product Engineering team   There are also plenty of meeting spaces


Field Report: Providing Lights in Rural China

As a mostly electrified country, China has not been one of our target markets. However, there are still areas within Western China that are very rural and do not have grid electricity. These homes use rudimentary wick lamps or hearth fires for light. Beginning in early September, D.light partnered with the Jet Li One Foundation for a pilot project in three villages in Sichuan Province. The area is home to one of the largest populations of the Yi ethnic group, as well as many other minority ethnic groups.

150 families will receive a Nova S200 for the three-month pilot. As D.light's first foray into the Chinese market, this has been particularly exciting for the staff in our China office, who now get to see the products they have manufactured benefitting their fellow citizens.