2019 ‘Best Lantern for Backpacking’ Helps Protect Survivors of Disaster and Conflict

The partnership between LuminAID and ShelterBox gives light and hope to people displaced around the world. The features that make LuminAID’s products popular among backpackers also make them an essential aid item delivered by international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox.

LuminAID’s founders built an innovative startup for a brighter future

The Chicago-based company offers portable, long-lasting, solar-powered lighting solutions. After meeting in graduate school while studying architecture and design, they created their company in 2010 on a shared belief that innovative design can be used to tackle real-world problems. Their hypothesis for LuminAID proved true when they were able to deploy the product to help victims of the Haiti earthquake that same year.

Notes From the Field: The Power of Hope in Sierra Leone

“They literally were dancing with joy when we showed them what the LuminAID solar light was and how to use it. There is no power there, so these lights make a huge impact on a family allowing them to see,” recalls Geri Jeffrey, the Executive Director of The Bridge of Hope.

Chef lands in Puerto Rico, ready to help

Luminaid makes blow-up solar-powered lanterns that could help residents until Puerto Rico’s power grid is rebuilt.

LuminAID – What Happened After $200k Mark Cuban Shark Tank Deal

Two architecture students from Chicago, Andrea Sreshta and Anna Stork, are the inventors of LuminAID, a solar-powered inflatable light originally designed for natural disasters. The fully-charged light which can provide up to 16 hours of LED light can also be used for recreational purposes like camping. Sreshta and Stork pitched their business on Shark Tank in 2015. When billionaire Mark Cuban offered them $200,000 in exchange for 15 percent equity, they accepted.

Shark Tank Solar Entrepreneurs’ Next ‘Bright Idea’ Launches on Kickstarter

“When we were students first creating our technology in 2010, we designed it with the needs of disaster victims in mind. We wanted to provide comfort and safety after dark to those who had lost everything,” says LuminAID co-founder Anna Stork. “It’s 2017 now, and we live in an increasingly connected world — there are actually more more mobile phones than people on the planet!