Turning Used Books into Clean Water...

  • Posted on: 12 March 2017
  • By: AidGear

One of the biggest challenges we have as a startup company is to fund the development of our clean water technology. To be honest, finding money is really hard!

We've been fortunate to receive some money from family and friends which has helped. We've also gone the social route and tried to raise money on GoFundMe, but with little success so far :(

We've sold personal possessions and tapped our own financial resources as far as we can, but it hasn't been enough.

One thing we decided when the company started was that we would not seek investment too early and would develop our technology as much as we could before needing significant funding to take our prototypes to production.

We have recently had success getting funds from an unlikely source... used books and music CDs!

It seems there is a plentyful supply of good used books and media out there that we are able to resell for significantly more than we source them for. Friends, family, and neighbors have donated us some books that we are able to sell online for $20, $40, or as much as $150 profit on some specialist books!

It's easier to ask people for used books than hard cash, and it seems to be working. We've been able to accelerate the development of our first prototype much more quickly that we had anticipated.

We expect we will be able to complete our first prototype portable water purification system later this year and then move to get the unit into production soon after.

Thanks to the generosity of people in our community who believe in our vision of building amazing equipment for disaster responders, we are turning used books into clean water!

In particular, we're looking for:

  • College textbooks (any subject)
  • Business/finance books
  • Self-help type books
  • Niche books (unusual subject materials)
  • Motivational/success DVD/CD sets
  • NOT kids/teen books or fiction

If you'd like to help us, please get in touch.

Thank you for your support!

Steve Neill
Founder/CEO, AidGear

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