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Invennovations.com is a free resource designed to capture and disseminate the inventions and innovations being created and implemented around the world to serve vulnerable populations. It is an effort to support those working in the field in developing countries as they seek to facilitate positive impact at the base of the pyramid.
Invennovations was designed to address inefficiencies in the design and distribution of products and technologies at the base of the pyramid. The invennovations on the site — the products, services, and distribution mechanisms — strive to help the world's poor improve their standards of living. These invennovations may have a positive health, economic, educational and/or environmental impact.
The site brings together passionate development professionals working in all parts of the field. It connects inventors with organizations, designers with distributors, and is a resource for anyone who wants to learn more about what is going on at the base of the pyramid.
Each product on Invennovations.com has its own profile. Below is an example:
Information Verified by Invennovator:
Invennovation: Stéfani Flex
Targeted Beneficiaries: Individuals without access to safe drinking water.
Need Addressed: Water purification.
Invennovation Goals: To provide a practical method of creating safe drinking water.
Description of Invennovation: The Stéfani Flex is a lightweight and easy to handle filter. It utilizes a float valve to duplicate the reservoir water capacity.
Uniqueness: The transparency of the filter allows the user to check the water level, and it is equipped with the new generation of Stéfani Clic Taps.
Dimensions/Weight (Metric): 49.5 cm x 48.5 cm x 47.7 cm, 6 L capacity, 1.1 kg weight.
User Requirements for Proper Functionality: Unknown
Cost(s) (USD): $17.50
Minimum Order Quantity: Unknown
Production Capacity: 10,000 per month.
Manufacturing Specs Available: Specifications available at http://www.ceramicastefani.com.br/en/produtos/flex.html.
Other Invennovations Available: Filters: Acqua Pratic, Advance, Cristal, Pressure Filter, Linea, Premium, Traditional. Also sell cartridges, taps, float valves, and other products.
Invennovator: Cerâmica Stéfani
Invennovator Goals: To produce gravity and pressure water filters for domestic use, ornamental vases, and accessories for water filters such as taps, float valves and cartridges.
Years in Operation: Since 1947.
Stage (Start Up or Expansion): Expansion
Ready for Market (Yes, No, Date): Yes
Primary Contact(s): Not listed
Languages Spoken: Portuguese, Spanish, English
Phone Number: +55 (16) 3209-4788
Physical Address: Av. Major Hilário Tavares Pinheiro, 1388, Distrito Industrial - Jaboticabal / SP – Brasil, CEP 14871-900.
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Links (YouTube/Media Etc.): None
Strategic Partners: None listed
Current Geographic Coverage: Australia, USA, Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname, Haiti, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Panama, Austria, Spain, Czech Republic, England, Italy, Germany, Portugal, South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Kenya, Cape Verde, Indonesia, Hong Kong.
Current Distribution Mechanisms: Through in-country distributors.
Current Distribution Capabilities: Unknown
Looking for Distributors: Yes
If so, where?: Everywhere (except for Australia, Argentina, Canada, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, South Africa, and Venezuela).
Training Materials Available: No
Marketing Materials Available: Yes – can download catalog from http://www.ceramicastefani.com.br/en/produtos/flex.html.
Products are separated into categories including alternative fuels, water purification, and more. Products are also categorized by characteristics such as price, distribution method, and geographic scale.
Other Site Resources
Invennovations.com has sections outlining different distribution models, as well as education and training resources.
On the homepage, visitors can sign up for the Invennovations newsletter.
There is also an Exchange Forum where site users can interact and discuss questions, ideas, and more.