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Our Mission & Story

BioLite develops and manufactures advanced energy products that make cooking with wood as clean safe and easy as modern fuels while also providing electricity to charge cell phones and LED lights off-grid. We feel a strong sense of responsibility not just to develop products that work well but also to create businesses that make a positive contribution to the global community.

We believe in market-based approaches to poverty alleviation. By creating solutions that are effective, affordable and desirable to the end user, we can reach more people more effectively. Sales of the CampStove help to support the one-time market establishment costs for the HomeStove. This is not charity, or a one-for-one model, but simply the capital needed to incubate self-sustained energy access for the people who need it most.

The BioLite team together has over 30 years of product development experience and holds more than 30 utility patents. Previous clients include OXO, Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett Packard, Nike, Lego, Church and Dwight, Pepsi, GE, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Motorola, and Bosch. More than 90% of our developed products have gone on to be successful in the market.

BioLite’s Origin

Invented by Alexander Drummond and Jonathan Cedar, the BioLite stove technology was inspired by a philosophy of applying efficient design to real world problems.

Alec and Jonathan met at the design consultancy Smart Design in New York City, where they quickly bonded over their interest in sustainable design in 2006. Alec, frustrated that all efficient camping stoves required petroleum fuel or batteries, had the idea of a wood-burning stove able to utilize its own thermal energy. Jonathan, an avid camper, quickly brought his engineering background to the table and the two began the design process. Countless nights, weekends, and prototypes later, the BioLite Camp Stove was born.

Our Products

BioLite CampStove™

The BioLite CampStove, designed for outdoor adventure and emergency preparedness, makes cooking on wood as clean, safe and easy as petroleum fuels while powering electronics off-grid.
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BioLite HomeStove™

The BioLite HomeStove, designed for the 3 billion people worldwide who cook on smoky, open fires, provides LPG-like cooking performance while serving as an affordable source of electricity to charge life changing devices such as mobile phones and LED lights.
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Jonathan Cedar

CEO & Director

Jonathan is an entrepreneur and product developer. Before starting BioLite in 2009, he spent 5 years working as a Senior Design Engineer for Smart Design in New York City.

He has developed products ranging from housewares to biomedical devices, more than 90% of which have gone on to be successful in the market. His past clients include OXO, Staples, Pepsi, HP, Johnson & Johnson, Columbia University and various startups.

John Levy

Chairman

John has worked at the intersection of technology and finance for more than 30 years. John led L Capital Partners' investments in the technology sector as a partner and co-founder and was a partner in the related seed stage fund, Shalom Equity Fund. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Hypres, Inc and +N, and is a member of the Investment Committee of the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

John served as founding CEO and Vice-Chair of ePlanet, a computer vision company, has worked at Interval Research Corp., a technology based think tank based in Palo Alto where he developed commercialization strategies for innovative technologies. Prior to Interval, John was a general partner of Ariel Securities Corp., an NASD-licensed broker/dealer specializing in venture capital and media-based investments. John is a board member of the Cathay Investment Fund and has served on the following boards: OnPATH Technologies, Peek Inc., Peek India, Simparel Corp., Evogen, WiSpry, HiGTek, VisionSense, Adjungo Networks and Ovex Corp.. In addition he has been an adviser to Tseng Laboratories and Advanced Medical Imaging. John received an A.B. from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Matt Christensen

Director

Matt co-founded and is CEO and portfolio manager of Rose Park Advisors (RPA), an investment firm that applies the theory of disruptive innovation to invest in companies whose business models are well-suited to take advantage of industry change. He has invested in disruptive opportunities across industries, geographies, and company size and stage, and serves on the boards of RPA investments including Coupang, the leading social commerce company in Korea, and CircleUp, the leading crowdfunding platform for consumer businesses.

Prior to RPA, Matt worked at Innosight, a strategy consulting firm focused on disruptive innovation. He began his career at Boston Consulting Group. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics and BSE in Civil Engineering from Duke University, where he won a basketball national championship.