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BioLite CEO Jonathan Cedar Speaking at SOCAP 2014

From One to One Billion: Last-Mile Strategies for Scaling Access to Energy

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM, September 4 2014

Location: C205

The quest to solve the energy access problem with innovative technology has become sexy – a myriad of startups and multinational corporations have thrown themselves into the game, backed by private, angel, social, foundation, and VC investors. Yet few of these technology players are reaching scale. We will discuss what it really takes to solve the energy access challenge – the right distribution partnerships, an innovative proprietary last-mile sales channel, and effective financing – and to truly scale access.

Panel Speakers: Jonathan Cedar (BioLite), Niki Armacost (Arc Finance), John Keane (SunnyMoney), Radhika Thakkar (Greenlight Planet)

BioLite HomeStove Work Abroad


Travel By Fire Hits (Three of) the Four Corner States

Travel by Fire has traveled from Montana to Washington; to British Columbia, Canada; back to Washington; down through Oregon; made a quick juant through California and Utah; and has been posted up in Colorado for a week now.  See if you can catch them at one of the three events listed below:



Jagged Edge

Telluride, CO
Thursday, August 21
3-7pm MST
Jagged Edge Mountain Gear


Cortez, CO
Friday, August 22
11am-2pm MST
Osprey Headquarters

Outside Magazine


Santa Fe, NM
Monday, August 25
11am-2pm MST
Outside Magazine Headquarters

Want to see where else they'll be before circling back east?  Check out their interactive route map, and make sure to like the BioLite Facebook fan page as we provide updates on the guys' whereabouts there.


Outdoor Fest Panel - Starting Up in New York

S.S. Brooklyn and Dumbo Startup Labs bring together a panel of the area's top adventure and outdoor sports businesses to discuss why they decided to build their companies here, the challenges, of being an entrepreneur in the outdoors industry, and some of the unexpected outcomes and opportunities they have found here in NYC.


Monday June 2, 2014


Dumbo Startup Lab


Brooklyn Tech Triangle U: Startup 101 Panel

April 24th | 5:30-7pm | Brooklyn Tech Triangle U | NYC College of Technology, CUNY

BioLite's Director of Marketing, Erica Rosen, will join fellow Brooklyn-based entrepreneurs on a Startup 101 panel to provide students and potential employee candidates on what it's like to work in the Startup world.  The panel is part of a larger, week-long series, Brooklyn Tech Triangle U, designed to connect the creative, tech & academic communities in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle (DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Navy Yards).

Registere here.


Closing the Clean Cookstove Adoption Gap

March 28th | 9am-5pm | Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Services | New Haven, CT

Over 3 billion people rely on solid fuels burned in inefficient devices to meet their cooking and heating needs with profound social and environmental consequences. Since the 1970s, researchers and development practitioners have attempted to design and disseminate improved household technologies to address these consequences.  Despite their efforts, widespread adoption still proves elusive.  Ethan Kay, BioLite's Director of Emerging Markets will join academics and members of the private and public sectors to discuss the adoption gap and present possible solutions at this workshop sponsored by the Yale Climate & Energy Institute.  

Watch Ethan's TEDx talk on Clean Cookstoves here.

Detailed event information here.


Council on Foreign Relations Clean Cookstove Roundtable

March 24th | Realizing the Promise of Clean Cookstoves Roundtable

BioLite CEO Jonathan Cedar will participate in a roundtable conversation with clean cookstove thought leaders from The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, The Community Finance Development Group at Deutsche Bank, and The Council on Foreign Relations.  The discussion will cover the environmental and health consequences of status quo cooking methods in emerging marketings, as well as the economic growth and development opportunities resulting from widespread adoption of cleaner cookstoves.

Hosted by The Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Transcript & recording coming soon.


BioLite Discussing the Impact of our Design Work Abroad

March 19th | 1-2pm | Online Webinar | National Endowment for The Arts

In this webinar, Director of Industrial Design Anton Ljunggren will discuss how our design work is helping solve complex issues abroad for the benefit of society, the economy, and the environment.  Anton is representing BioLite on the panel as a result of our being nominated for the World Design Impact Prize.  The webinar will be moderated and co-hosted by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.

This is the first in a series of webinars hosted by The National Endowment for the Arts titled Learning from Abroad.


BioLite Speaking on Innovation at MIT Enterprise Forum

On Wednesday, February 26th BioLite Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Cedar will speak on the topic of innovation’s central role in tackling the most pressing challenges facing the world today. 

In this Innovation Series sponsored by the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, Jonathan will share his experience with implementing BioLite’s strategy of parallel innovation and our market-based approach to poverty alleviation.  Register here.   


BioLite headed to Salt Lake for Outdoor Retailer with Giant FirePit

BioLite’s headed to Winter Outdoor Retailer with a few of our goodies in tow, not the least of which is a mammoth version of the BioLite CampStove

While we’re inside Salt Palace representing BioLite, the FirePit will be crackling away outside for all to enjoy starting 1/22 through 1/24 from 4:00pm-6:30pm daily.  Like the CampStove, our FirePit uses our patented thermoelectric technology to convert biomass into usable electricity. 

We’ll be out on the South Plaza entrance, so the general public is welcome as well. Fellow OR attendees, if you need to get away from the trade show craziness, step outside and gather ‘round the fire.

See you in Salt Lake City!


Igniting Holiday Cheer: Come Visit the Dumbo FirePit

BioLite Holiday FirePitThe DUMBO Improvement District and BioLite are thrilled to announce the launch of DUMBO Firepit, a contained, outdoor, wood-burning fireplace, in the Pearl Street Triangle on December 12. DUMBO Firepit will transform this public plaza into a community hearth, sparking holiday cheer, showcasing the latest in clean tech innovation and, against the backdrop of the Manhattan Bridge, creating the most scenic marshmallow-roasting spot in New York City.

What's so special about this firepit? Using BioLite's patented technology, it will power lights on the holiday tree and phone charging stations.

Here at BioLite, we love that DUMBO supports innovation, it’s one of the reasons we set up shop here in the first place. We're surrounded by neighbors doing awesome projects and we’re excited to share a project of our own. 

Supported with a grant from the NYC Department of Small Business Services, DUMBO Firepit is part of the DUMBO Improvement District’s “DUMBO as Test Kitchen” initiative, which invites local tech companies to pilot innovative ideas in the neighborhood’s public space. Recent projects include DUMBO Street Charge by Pensa, which turned plaza umbrellas into solar-powered cell phone chargers and paved the way for citywide replication via a partnership with AT&T. 

For more information, visit the DUMBO Improvement District's website.

The FirePit and events below are located at the Pearl Street Triangle in DUMBO, Brooklyn.  

Schedule of Events

Tree Lighting + Fun

Thursday, December 12th, 6-7pm
Music by JahPan | Movie Projections | Jacques Torres Hot Chocolate | Boothify Photobooth
Toy Drive | Santa!

Daytime Family Festival

Thursday, December 19th, 1-3pm
Co-hosted by Creatively Wild Art Studio | Cookie Decorating

Evening FireSide Chat - Designing Tech for a Better World

Thursday, December 19th, 7-9pm
Co-hosted by BioLite | Special Guest Speakers

Check out some of the buzz that has sparked already!

Visit the BioLite Pop-Up Booth and pick up the perfect holiday gift for friends and family

BioLite Holiday Booth