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Help a MassChallenge startup: NBD Nanotechnologies

Posted by Devin Cole  July 31, 2012 11:00 AM

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Boston is home to some of the most exciting and cutting edge startups in the country. It is almost impossible to walk into a coffee shop in the Innovation District or Cambridge without bumping into a venture backed entrepreneur. It is what makes Greater Boston one of the greatest cities in the world for innovation. And luckily for us, a team of recent college graduates and entrepreneurs, we get to call this place home. MassChallenge, the world's largest startup accelerator, has graciously granted us office space and networking in the heart of the Innovation District of Boston.

Our startup is called NBD Nanotechnologies, and we are tackling a big problem - clean water. Water is a commodity that many of us take for granted, but will soon be a major for concern for all nations, if it isn’t already. By employing advanced surface chemistry mimicking the Namib Desert Beetle, a beetle able to survive in the African desert by fog harvesting, we can engineer designs that create water from the air. For the sake of simplicity, you can think of our product as a super efficient portable dehumidifier producing clean drinking water.

Over the course of our four-month stay at MassChallenge we will develop our first prototype and focus on our entry-to-market strategy. So far, we’ve been lucky to meet some great mentors and advisors who share our vision and have helped us immensely through this process. And while we are primarily focusing on our short term tasks we have tried to stay true to our long term goals, namely, to provide fresh drinking water to remote areas across the world. We think we can incorporate a social aspect after testing potential commercial markets in the U.S.

We’re excited to see what the future has in store for our project. The resources that have been given to us at MassChallenge have been tremendous so far and we think they will be critical for our success. We especially encourage individuals with a background in clean tech or water to reach out to us. You can also reach us via our website. Lastly, we continue to look forward to seeing which new startups will grow from our vibrant community.

[We thank our MassChallenge series video partner Vsnap. Due to format changes, previous videos are no longer accessible. Please visit Vsnap.com for a great video communication tool.]

Miguel Galvez is a recent graduate (2012) from Boston College with a degree in Biology. He was a recent associate at TechStars, a venture accelerator and early-stage seed fund to startups. Deckard Sorensen is a recent graduate (2012) from Boston College with a degree in Biology. Andy McTeague is a recent graduate (2012) from Trinity College with a degree in Chemistry. He is now enrolled at MIT in their PhD program in organic chemistry.

[Editor's Note: This is the first in an ongoing series of MassChallenge startup profiles, using Vsnap, a MassChallenge startup itself, to get the word out about what these innovative companies offer and what they need to succeed.]

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