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  • Team forming: Olivier was alone with the idea from his Ph.D. at the start of the Talent Kick program. Soon, he met Laura who brought her power and efficiency to Openversum. Lorenzo used to study with Laura and completed the trio with his data science skills and great strategic thinking.

  • Vision statement: We empower local entrepreneurs to improve the lives of their communities.

  • Biggest Achievement: Openversum delivers over 100 filters to families that now have access to clean and safe drinking water. We raised 100k of non-dilutive funding and were invited to a 3-week business accelerator in Boston at Hult Business School, eventually pitching Openversum on a global stage at Clinton Global Initiative in New York.

  • Next Step: Proving our scalability using our digitalized solution. We will also train 50 water entrepreneurs, who will provide clean water to 15’000 people, by Q3 in 2023.



By enabling entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income countries to locally produce and sell drinking water filters through micro franchising, Openversum provides water entrepreneurs with the tools, materials and know-how necessary to successfully run a business while bringing safe drinking water to their community.


Sustainable Development Goals

  • SDG 1: No Poverty

  • SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

  • SDG 4: Quality Education

  • SDG 5: Gender Equality

  • SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

  • SDG 13: Climate Action


The Team

Olivier Gröninger, CEO - PhD, (ETH)

Laura Stocco, CTO - MSc (EPFL)

Lorenzo Donadio, CIO - MSc (EPFL)


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