While living in Beijing, we all start to check the pollution index before going out, try to avoid exercising outdoors when it is polluted, and in general adapt to the new environmental chaos surrounding us.
Thomas Talhelm, a poor PhD student in 2013, was here during the airpocalypse. He could not afford to pay for an expensive air purifier, but was nonetheless worried about his health. Therefore, he created a DIY device in order to fight indoors what was happening outdoors.
A company derived from his invention. SmartAir, a social enterprise working to reduce the impact of air pollution. Their two missions are to provide free information and knowledge on air pollution, as well as low-cost, highly effective air purifiers to get more people clean air.
If you are interested and would like to hear more about this successful business, come to our Fireside Chat with Julian Fox, Business Development Manager at SmartAir and learn about "Social Enterprise Running Healthy Business: How to combine success and affordability"
"When people said they had trouble finding the right type of fan and a trustworthy HEPA, Thomas and his friends Gus and Anna launched Smart Air to ship fans and filters at an affordable price, to people all over China."
Startup Grind University Renmin chapter welcomes you and all your fellow study mates and friends to join us for our first event after Chinese New Year holidays to learn about the key take aways:
- Social Enterprise: What role does it play in the startup ecosystem?
- Cost-Efficient device: How to not harm your health nor your wallet?
- Product Expansion: How to evolve from the creation of a DIY device to a successful business?
Get your thoughts ready and tell us your opinion!
We welcome you to attend our event with a topic that is relevant to anybody living in Beijing for a short or long period of time. Prepare all the questions you might have, we will be happy to answer and debate!
Business Development Manager
Julian is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. He majored in International Studies and East Asian Studies. After, he attended Princeton in Asia Fellow at China Foreign Affairs University where he taught courses in international relations and U.S. politics. As Business Development Manager, Julian helps Smart Air expand to more countries. Julian is passionate about social entrepreneurship.
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