When you buy a Hydros Bottle, you are joining Operation Hydros, the fight against the global water crisis. Not only does your bottle provide you with great tasting, filtered water on the go, each purchase helps fund sustainable water projects. Through these water projects, the proceeds of a single Hydros Bottle sold will provide clean water for someone in need for one whole year.
For our first project, we have partnered with Engineers Without Borders to deliver fresh water to the thirsting village of Gundom in Cameroon. Future water projects are currently underway, and will help gaurantee the right to clean water for gnerations to come.
Back in Spring 2009, and Aakash decided to start Hydros at 4am in the basement of a University of Pennsylvania study hall. The two undergraduates were busy writing a business plan for the Dell Social Innovation Competition, due in just 8 short hours. Their idea: sell a filtering water bottle to raise money for global water projects and rid the world of plastic bottled water.
After finishing as semifinalists in the competition, they ran into Winston who arranged the company’s financing and brought a seasoned group of entrepreneurs on to the company’s Board. The three walked away from their future jobs and set out to develop the first prototype with the technical help of their friends at Innova Dynamics, Inc. Prototype in hand, they found manufacturing partners (made locally in the US) and the first retailers (thanks Whole Foods!).