The Improvisational Entrepreneur

ASU student named among top 5 finalists for College Entrepreneur of the Year

group of students with SafeSIPP product

One afternoon, after a couple of rum punches, I decided to engage in conversation with one of the women who was selling brightly colored beach towels and sarongs. She was polite and not pushy, so I started to look in earnest at her beach cover-ups. As an entrepreneur, I had been wondering how she and the other vendors obtained and paid for their goods, and how they actually eked out a living trying to sell things to disinterested tourists who come to the beach with towels and cover-ups. I started by asking her if she took the items she was selling on consignment and returned what she didnt sell to her source.
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Beach sarong lady

Their unique system has made barrels of water so easy to transport that it has drastically reduced the amount of time it takes by 75 percent. Not only is their device life-changing, but for the nearly 1 billion people who live in the developing world who do not have access to clean drinking water, it is potentially life-saving. More than 3.5 million deaths occur each year due to diseases contracted from contaminated water and 98 percent of those deaths occur in the developing world. As a team of chemical engineers from ASUs Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, Schoepf and his co-founders knew that SafeSIPP would need to do more than just make water easier to transport and store; they had to make it safer to drink.
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