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Katie Lucchesi Shares Example of Mistaken Assumption In Stove Design

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  • Date Added : 3/22/2007
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Katie Lucchesi

  • Co-founder, Bright Light Innovations
  • female
  • Caucasian
  • 1985 (Age: 37 years old)
  • Katie Lucchesi and Chaun Sims - Interview - Bright Light Innovations
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Biography

Katie Lucchesi and Chaun Sims are both students at Colorado State University who placed third in the 2006 University of Colorado at Boulder Cleantech Innovators' Challenge for their company, Bright Light Innovations.

Bright Light Innovations produces the Firefly Stove, an inexpensive stove that provides heat and electricity without emitting harmful kerosene or wood smoke. The company says it is designed for use in homes without electricity in developing countries. But the stove isn't just for cooking and warming a room. Because it uses a thermo-electric generator, a device that converts heat from the stove into electricity, the electricity generated can be used for light or stored in a battery for use at a later time.

Since placing third and winning $5,000 in the contest, Bright Light Innovations has received a grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, which allowed the team to build and field test prototype stoves in India. The team, now working on a redesigned stove based on the field test results, expects that an updated model will be available in limited quantities later this year. Team members expect to establish a profitable business within a few years.

Katie Lucchesi is a senior at Colorado State University and expects to graduate in 2007.

I always have my favorite example from that, just the fact that our stove is a flat top and we realized really quickly when we got over there, we assumed their pots were flat and they weren't quite flat, they were actually slightly rounded and so we had to redesign the stove to make it work more eff...(Full transcript available to logged in subscribers.).

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Video 1 of 13 Katie Lucchesi Discusses Background of Bright Light Innovations Business Project
  • Katie Lucchesi and Chaun Sims - Interview - Bright Light Innovations
  • 3/22/2007
  • Katie Lucchesi
  • 0 min. 37 sec.
Video 2 of 13 Katie Lucchesi Discusses Advantage of Coming To NCIIA Conference As A Student and Young Entrepreneur
  • Katie Lucchesi and Chaun Sims - Interview - Bright Light Innovations
  • 3/22/2007
  • Katie Lucchesi
  • 1 min. 12 sec.
Video 3 of 13 Chaun Sims Discusses Appeal of Social Entrepreneurship
  • Katie Lucchesi and Chaun Sims - Interview - Bright Light Innovations
  • 3/22/2007
  • Katie Lucchesi
  • 0 min. 34 sec.
Video 4 of 13 Katie Lucchesi Discusses Advantage of Being an Engineer On an Mutlidisciplinary Business Team
  • Katie Lucchesi and Chaun Sims - Interview - Bright Light Innovations
  • 3/22/2007
  • Katie Lucchesi
  • 0 min. 53 sec.
Video 5 of 13 Chaun Sims Discusses Advantages of Working On a Multidisciplinary Team
  • Katie Lucchesi and Chaun Sims - Interview - Bright Light Innovations
  • 3/22/2007
  • Katie Lucchesi
  • 0 min. 52 sec.
Video 6 of 13 Chaun Sims Shares Lessons Learned From Travel To India
  • Katie Lucchesi and Chaun Sims - Interview - Bright Light Innovations
  • 3/22/2007
  • Katie Lucchesi
  • 1 min. 2 sec.
Video 7 of 13 Katie Lucchesi Shares Experiences From Trip To India
  • Katie Lucchesi and Chaun Sims - Interview - Bright Light Innovations
  • 3/22/2007
  • Katie Lucchesi
  • 1 min. 54 sec.
Video 8 of 13 Chaun Sims Shares Example of Immersing Yourself In Environment Before Trying To Design a Product To Solve Problem
  • Katie Lucchesi and Chaun Sims - Interview - Bright Light Innovations
  • 3/22/2007
  • Katie Lucchesi
  • 1 min. 7 sec.
Video 9 of 13 Katie Lucchesi Shares Example of Mistaken Assumption In Stove Design
  • Katie Lucchesi and Chaun Sims - Interview - Bright Light Innovations
  • 3/22/2007
  • Katie Lucchesi
  • 0 min. 36 sec.
Video 10 of 13 Chaun Sims Discusses Surprise At High Number of Entrepreneurs In India
  • Katie Lucchesi and Chaun Sims - Interview - Bright Light Innovations
  • 3/22/2007
  • Katie Lucchesi
  • 0 min. 42 sec.
Video 11 of 13 Chaun Sims Discusses Social Entrepreneurship Options At Colorado State University
  • Katie Lucchesi and Chaun Sims - Interview - Bright Light Innovations
  • 3/22/2007
  • Katie Lucchesi
  • 0 min. 46 sec.
Video 12 of 13 Chaun Sims States Opportunities Exist To Help Half of The World's Population
  • Katie Lucchesi and Chaun Sims - Interview - Bright Light Innovations
  • 3/22/2007
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Video 13 of 13 Katie Lucchesi Shares Thoughts on Helping Others And Ultimate Profitability
  • Katie Lucchesi and Chaun Sims - Interview - Bright Light Innovations
  • 3/22/2007
  • Katie Lucchesi
  • 0 min. 29 sec.