Maximilian Cierpisz - Salt Water Farming
Maximilian Cierpisz - Salt Water Farming #1
Describe yourself and your project. How did you get the idea?
I’m a well-travelled and currently chemistry studying student. My idea for my project came from my travels in the Southern parts of Europe, and northern parts of Africa when I studied abroad. Seeing the problem with plastic waste up-close, that combined with lack of access to drinkable water made me think. What if there is one solution to both of these problems. That’s how my idea came to me. Using plastic waste to build a sun powered device that uses water evaporation to turn saltwater into freshwater.
Who are you? Previous education/jobs/ experiences etc.
I studied Biotech at LTH, then took a longer break and continued my studies abroad. My work experience is mostly from working as a workflow manager at an Ice cream factory and as a salesman for a Swedish IT company.
What will you do during these three months? How will you spend the time?
I’m going to be doing lots of networking and market research to better understand what needs to be done to successfully launch my idea. That includes setting up a website, meetings with people from the manufacturing business, academia and government organisations. It’s important so I get a get a better understanding of how to successfully receive funds/grants, both on national level but also on European level that are needed for my business idea.
What do you expect to achieve during Leapfrogs?
My goal for this three month period is to produce a PO, Project Outline, and thereafter a Full PO and apply for EU funds for my idea. There are two EU organizations/projects right now that are a very good fit for my idea, Horizon 2020 and Eurogia 2020. I also hope to build a lasting network that I can use for help in the future.
Maximilian Cierpisz - Salt Water Farming #2
Tell us what you have done on your project so far during the Leapfrogs time.
Finished a full-scale design (in Cad/Cam) of the device complete with renders and metric data. That means it’s fully ready for production. Also filed all the paperwork needed for running the company (as a NGO) including tax forms etc. I also setup a special bank account for the company. I’ve also added another member to my team who’s in charge of marketing. That mean in charge of the website/social media and booking meetings. Finally, I’ve produced a full project outline and have used it to seek funding from four different funds, three in Sweden and one at EU level.
Has everything gone according to the plan? Has anything unexpected occurred? Has something been easier/harder than expected?
Paperwork from government agency’s (tax office (skatteverket) and Bolagsverket) took way longer than expected and stalled the project a bit because no one wanted to signed any kind of deal with us as long as we didn’t have a ORG nr (organisation number). Another bottleneck was that it’s vacation time so lots of people that are in charge were away, thus limiting our progress. What went much easier than expected was setting a production space, where we can build and test our device.
What will you focus on during the remaining time? Will you follow your original plan or has anything changed along the way? (Minimum 65 words/Maximum 90 words)
Lots of meetings are set-up for the next three weeks, in which we will meet with both government agencies but also private investors looking to fund our project. If I could go back in time I would spend less time on doing the technical aspect of the project (simulations/mechanical design) and more on presentation and paperwork. Seems that people care much more in the presentation part of the project then the technical aspect. That was a error on my part