Last night, the Teach2Serve students at Solebury School were treated to an excellent presentation from Aakash Mathur, the Co-Founder & CEO of Hydros. Aakash and his partners came up with the idea for their company as undergraduates during a social entrepreneurship class at the University of Pennsylvania. Hydros produces the Hydros Bottle, a water bottle with a built-in filtration system, and proceeds from every bottle sold fund sustainable global water projects, bringing clean water to one billion people in need. Their business uses the principles of free enterprise to help solve social problems, which is a perfect example of social entrepreneurship.
The students were provided insight into the creation of the company’s mission-driven philosophy and Aakash walked the class through the three stages of Hydros’ development from idea generation, through proof of concept and growth.
The presentation was particularly relevant to our second-year students who are currently working on their Teach2Serve capstone projects, in which they create a plan for their own scalable and sustainable social change initiative. Aakash mentioned he would have enjoyed participating in Teach2Serve when he was in high school and that it probably would have enabled him to create something like Hydros Bottle when he was even younger. Hopefully, our current students come back in a few years and share their own social entrepreneurship success stories with the next generation of Teach2Serve students!