A Wow!Project is an innovative, sustainable and feasible idea taken into reality by Enviu. Here are the Wow!Projects Enviu did so far.
Dnamo is an incubator in Rotterdam. Dnamo facilitates entrepreneurs who want to start a successful business with the main focus on sustainability and innovation. Dnamo is an initiative of Enviu in partnership with Delft University of Technology, Yes! Delft, Rabobank, Havenbedrijf Rotterdam and Hogeschool Rotterdam.
The first company that Enviu started is the sustainable dance club, I love to dance. The idea of a sustainable dance club sparked one nigth, while dancing the night away in Buenos Aires. Dancing gives me such a positive energy, why not make clubbing sustainable? We wanted to see if we could make going a night out better for the environment than staying home, and so the idea of the sustainable dance club was born.”
There was also another challenge we wanted to take up in 2004. To get sustainability out of the tree huggers scene and proof that you could earn money with it. Where else better to do that than in a space where young people like to go and a place that if it is not challenging and trendy enough it would not generate cash.
In order to bring our company to the market over 200 people contributed with their expertise, networks and time. Students built the first test models of the floor, we had professionals doing environmental impact studies, promoting the idea, dance club owners helping to design the business model. But without the amazing energy of Alijd van Doorn, Donica Buisman, Trude Buitenhuis, Michel Smit, Micheal Lints and the patience of Henk Doll we would never have done it.
INURBA aims to provide sustainable, affordable housing (EUR 10,000) to people in the lower middle income groups. The goal is to realise 100,000 OS houses before 2020.
INURBA emerged from the Open Source House competition where we mobilised 3100 architects within 4 months. The architects formed teams and have contributed with 250 high quality Open Source designs and grew to a community of over 4500 architects in just one year. In 2012 they merged with the Architecture in Development community . INURBA has started in Nicaragua with the construction of the first pilot of 255 houses.
Our Mobile Generation is aimed to change the mobile phone industry in a way the phone will be a tool to drive massive social and environmental change. Today we are developing the HELP! app, to use the power of the expert crowd to assist emergency services in case of emergencies. When the HELP! app is activated an (expert) crowd is alarmed in a circle of 1000 meters to provide first assistance on the spot.
What happens if you step out of an airport, railway or bus station in India?
Everywhere you look the first thing you see are auto rickshaws, the second thing is a driver pulling your arm to offer you a ride. There are millions on the streets and they cause enormous pollution, resulting in all kind of health problems. During this trip together with a good Indian friend, Pradeep Esteves, we had many conversations with drivers. They told us their stories, amazing stories and we found out that they live at the bottom of the economic pyramid, earning 3-4 dollars a day, that they don’t have bank accounts because many banks don’t want to deal with them, and that they live in slumps and are facing many social problems.
At the end of that trip the idea was born to start to start a company Three Wheels United that is working in co-creation with the drivers on a solution to increase the quality of life of at least one million auto rickshaw drivers and their families and to create a positive ecological footprint. So together with Ramesh Prabhu and his team we did it.