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Saumil ShahBy Saumil Shah
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Saumil ShahBy Saumil Shah
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About

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

The world faces many challenges today. Billions of people do not have access to clean water, proper sanitation or sufficient food. And with the global population increasing from 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050, and then to 11 billion by 2100, experts agree that this will further strain global food supplies.

Meanwhile, we continue to rapidly consume natural resources, resulting in global climate change and species extinction.

Necessity is the mother of invention though. Clever individuals from all walks of life - both modest and privileged – are rising up to develop sustainable solutions for the benefit of all. They are social entrepreneurs. Their motivations are to make a difference, help others who cannot help themselves, and leave the world better than how they found it.

We are a team of such social entrepreneurs and environmentalists. And we agree with the World Health Organization, NASA, and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization that Spirulina can be a part of the solution to global food security and climate change.

OUR STORY

Our passions and values drive us: to succeed, to make changes, to act. At EnerGaia, we are passionate about preserving the environment; helping others; and finding ways to be more efficient in everything that we do. We are a small team with big dreams to help change the world. You can learn more about us on our website:  www.energaia.com

These core values have lead us over the past few years to do the following:

1. Introduce a new way of farming algae, like super healthy Spirulina, on land that can not be used to grow other food crops, like unused urban spaces. 

2. Bring more technology to Spirulina farming systems in an effort to improve production efficiency and scalability, and share this new technology with other Spirulina producers around the world. 

3. Develop innovative food and beauty products that contain large enough amounts of Spirulina to actually provide a real benefit. Don’t take our word for it though, please try them and see how you feel!

We have been fortunate enough to receive a lot of media coverage about our work.  Here is a nice example for anyone interested.  Additional press about us can be found here.

USE OF FUNDS

Accomplishing this vision requires resources. We have many: technical expertise, strong management and local relationships. But this is not enough for us to be able to scale our solution and make a real impact. We need your help to fulfill our execution plan for this project.

Here is exactly how the project funds will be used:

  • It costs us about USD $100 to build one of our algae tanks on 1 sqm (~10 sq. ft.) and operate it for one year
  • One of these tanks can grow 6 kg (approximately 13 lbs.) of fresh Spirulina per year
  • If we meet our project goal, we can add 300 algae tanks
  • This added production capacity, along with our current production, is enough Spirulina to produce all of the rewards
  • If we exceed our goal, then we will add more tanks which will help us with the rest of our mission

So we ask you to lend a hand. Help us to make a difference, and you’ll get to try some of our cool products (details below).  

Plus, we promise that our rewards will ship in time to arrive for Christmas and other end of year holidays.  They are great gifts!  We can even have them gift-wrapped and include a customized gift card if you provide us with the details. 

OUR INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS

Spirulina Pastas and Rice Noodles

We currently produce 4 varieties of Spirulina pastas:  Linguini, Spaghetti, Penne and Fusilli.  We are currently working on a Conchiglie (shell) pasta that we are also hoping to have ready in time for delivery.  If available then we will add this as an option for all backers to choose from prior to shipment.

These pastas are made from high quality wheat durum, spirulina, salt, and distilled water.  There is no egg, so the pastas are all completely vegan with zero cholesterol, and also halal.  For pasta aficionados, replacing the egg with spirulina also has the benefit of extending the al dente window of cooking time.

These pastas are 100% natural with no additives or artificial coloring.  The dark green color comes fully from our spirulina, as we pack 15% of fresh spirulina into each batch.  They all have the same flavor and consistency of a beautiful premium pasta, but with the added protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals from the spirulina. 

Skyline Spirulina pasta family
Skyline Spirulina pasta family
Prepared Spirulina Linguini dish
Prepared Spirulina Linguini dish

We are also developing a gluten free spirulina rice noodle using a blend of gaba, brown and purple rice.

Gluten free Spirulina rice noodle
Gluten free Spirulina rice noodle

Spirulina pre-made smoothies

Our team has been testing some delicious pre-made smoothie mixes that contain a healthy amount of Spirulina. These mixes come in a dry powder that is simple to mix into water and enjoy. Two of our current creations are a hearty breakfast smoothie containing banana, bocoa, peanut butter, quinoa, oat bran, and of course spirulina amongst its ingredients, as well as a tropical fruit smoothie containing pineapple, banana, orange, and mango. We are working on a few other mixes though, which we will share with backers who have chosen this reward prior to shipment. We use only high quality, all natural ingredients to preserve the nutritional value and the taste of these smoothies.

All natural Spirulina breakfast smoothie mix
All natural Spirulina breakfast smoothie mix

Frozen Spirulina

We want people to be able to try fresh Spirulina in their own recipes at home, without having to go through the trouble of growing it themselves. Until we can start producing in more cities throughout the world though, the best way we could come up with is to freeze our fresh Spirulina so that it can stay delicious for up to 1-year if kept frozen.  We're are convinced that once you try it, you will never go back to using Spirulina tablets or dry powder again.

Fresh-frozen Spirulina in easy to use servings
Fresh-frozen Spirulina in easy to use servings

One way we love to use frozen Spirulina at home is to make smoothies using fresh fruits and veggies.

Healthy Spirulina smoothies made with fresh-frozen spirulina
Healthy Spirulina smoothies made with fresh-frozen spirulina

Spirulina cosmetic facial masks and creams

It's a well kept secret is that Spirulina is also really good for skin health, as it is said to have anti-aging properties. In fact, many high end spas throughout Asia, and a few in Europe, already use it in facial masks and body scrubs. We therefore decided to develop a set of Spirulina cosmetic products for home use.  Give them a try and let us know what you think.  We promise you will not be disappointed.

Since these our latest innovation, our cosmetic products have a longer estimated time for completion. Thus, any rewards that include cosmetic products will ship starting in March 2016.  We apologize for this delay, but we want to make sure that we get only the best, high quality Spirulina products to each of you.

Refreshing spirulina facial masks and creams
Refreshing spirulina facial masks and creams

New Reward option!  Spirulina chocolate truffles

We have a good friend who is a chocolatier and he is helping us to make Spirulina chocolate truffles. These dark chocolate truffles each contain 5% dry Spirulina. They melt in your mouth and taste amazing. Healthy chocolate - what's not to love!

Chocolate truffles with Spirulina inside
Chocolate truffles with Spirulina inside

OUR TEAM

We are a diverse team of socially minded individuals.  Between us we can speak English, French, German, Thai, Vietnamese and some Gujarati.  Here is a recent picture of some of our team members at the ASEAN Social Impact Challenge 2015, which was part of the ASEAN Entrepreneurship Summit.  We were honored to be chosen from a field of 231 groups to be one of the two finalists representing Thailand at this event. 

EnerGaia team photo
EnerGaia team photo

Risks and challenges

The lack of practical experience within early-stage social enterprises often creates risks - scaling or replication issues, inadequate cost controls, low product revenues, or an incomplete understanding of market dynamics. These risks deter traditional investors from taking a chance on ideas that could change the world.

We've worked hard to mitigate as many risks as we can, but it's possible that things may not go exactly according to plan. However, we will always be upfront with our backers about any challenges that arise.

Two potential risks include the following:

- Delivery date slippage: We are confident that we will ship by the projected dates, but delivery could take longer than planned since everything will be coming from Thailand.

- Product changes: As we refine our new food products during the recipe formulation and product testing phases, it may require us to make some changes. However, we'll try our best to only make changes that enhance the product experience.

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    You don't want any reward but you believe in our cause and just want to help us out. Thanks a lot!

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    A SMALL TRIAL!

    Pick one of our Spirulina Smoothie mixes and we'll send you a 250g pack so you can try it out. We're convinced that you will become as addicted as we are.

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    A SAMPLING!

    Choose any 2 varieties of our Spirulina pastas and we will send you a 250g tube of each. We will also send you a 250g package of one of our Spirulina Smoothie mixes.

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    BIGGER SAMPLING!

    Choose any combination of 4 Spirulina pastas and we will send you a 250g tube of each. We will also let you choose any two of our Spirulina Smoothie mixes and we'll send you 250g of each (or 500g of one if you have a favorite).

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    PACKS O' PASTA! - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    Choose 3 of our Spirulina pasta varieties (Linguine, Penne, Fusilli, Spaghetti, or a gluten free Rice Noodle) and we'll send you a large 1kg (2.2 lbs) bag of each selection. You can try one of each, or you can get all 3 of the same if you have a favorite, or any combination you prefer. We won't judge. Each of our pastas contain a significant portion of Spirulina, and they have no egg (all are pure vegan) but still have more protein and vitamins than normal pasta.

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    BEAUTY SAMPLER! - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    Try a mini-variety pack of our natural Spirulina cosmetic products to help cleanse and revitalize your skin. You can choose any combination of 2 from the following list:
    - 600ml of Spirulina Body Lotion
    - 250ml of Spirulina Day Cream
    - 100ml of Spirulina Facial Mask
    - 65ml of Spirulina Facial Cream

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    A TASTE OF CHOCOLATE!

    Great news! We have a friend who is a chocolatier and he has agreed to make some more Spirulina chocolate truffles for us to offer as rewards. He imports only high quality organic dark chocolate from Belgium, and uses our Spirulina powder to make some wonderful chocolate truffles. We will send you 6 boxes with 7 truffles in each box (1 per day). Each truffle contains 5% dry Spirulina to give you a healthy nutritional boost. Healthy chocolate with no change in taste - what's not to love!

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    1 MONTH SMOOTHIE HEAVEN! - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    Get 1.5kg (2.2 lb), which is a 1 month supply for 1 person (50g serving size per person per day as a meal replacement), of one of our ready-made Spirulina smoothie powder mixes. We recommend having one each morning (that's what we do). Each serving contains enough nutrition to get your day started right and get you through to lunch time. We will email you all of the flavor varieties to choose from if you select this reward.

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    PACKS O' PASTA!

    Choose 3 of our Spirulina pasta varieties (Linguine, Penne, Fusilli, Spaghetti, or a gluten free Rice Noodle) and we'll send you a large 1kg (2.2 lbs) bag of each selection. You can try one of each, or you can get all 3 of the same if you have a favorite, or any combination you prefer. We won't judge. Each of our pastas contain a significant portion of Spirulina, and they have no egg (all are pure vegan) but still have more protein and vitamins than normal pasta.

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    BEAUTY SAMPLER!

    Try a mini-variety pack of our natural Spirulina cosmetic products to help cleanse and revitalize your skin. You can choose any combination of 2 from the following list:
    - 600ml of Spirulina Body Lotion
    - 250ml of Spirulina Day Cream
    - 100ml of Spirulina Facial Mask
    - 65ml of Spirulina Facial Cream

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    PASTA AND BEAUTY COMBO PACK!

    Choose any 2 varieties of our Spirulina pastas and we will send you a 250g tube of each. Plus, try a mini-variety pack of our natural Spirulina cosmetic products to help cleanse and revitalize your skin. You can choose any combination of 2 from the following list:
    - 600ml of Spirulina Body Lotion
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    - 100ml of Spirulina Facial Mask
    - 65ml of Spirulina Facial Cream

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    SMOOTHIE AND BEAUTY COMBO PACK!

    The perfect combo for anyone who wants a highly nutritious low calorie smoothie and also some great cosmetic products to keep you looking and feeling great.

    Choose any 1 of our Spirulina smoothie mixes and we will send you a 250g package. Plus, try a mini-variety pack of our natural Spirulina cosmetic products to help cleanse and revitalize your skin. You can choose any combination of 2 from the following list:
    - 600ml of Spirulina Body Lotion
    - 250ml of Spirulina Day Cream
    - 100ml of Spirulina Facial Mask
    - 65ml of Spirulina Facial Cream

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    SMOOTHIE HEAVEN! - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    Get 3kg (6.6 lb), which is a 2 month supply for 1 person (50g serving size per person per day as a meal replacement), of one of our ready-made Spirulina smoothie powder mixes. We recommend having one each morning (that's what we do). Each serving contains enough nutrition to get your day started right and get you through to lunch time. We will email you all of the flavor varieties to choose from if you select this reward.

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    BEAUTY HEAVEN! - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    Try a variety pack of our natural Spirulina cosmetic products to help cleanse and revitalize your skin. You can choose any combination of 4 from the following list:
    - 600ml of Spirulina Body Lotion
    - 250ml of Spirulina Day Cream
    - 100ml of Spirulina Facial Mask
    - 65ml of Spirulina Facial Cream

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    SMOOTHIE HEAVEN!

    Get 3kg (6.6 lb), which is a 2 month supply for 1 person (50g serving size per person per day as a meal replacement), of one of our ready-made Spirulina smoothie powder mixes. We recommend having one each morning (that's what we do). Each serving contains enough nutrition to get your day started right and get you through to lunch time. We will email you all of the flavor varieties to choose from if you select this reward.

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    BEAUTY HEAVEN!

    Try a variety pack of our natural Spirulina cosmetic products to help cleanse and revitalize your skin. You can choose any combination of 4 from the following list:
    - 600ml of Spirulina Body Lotion
    - 250ml of Spirulina Day Cream
    - 100ml of Spirulina Facial Mask
    - 65ml of Spirulina Facial Cream

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    FROZEN DELIGHT!

    Be one of the first people to try our all natural, fresh-frozen Spirulina. We will send you a 6 month supply for 1 person (almost 5kg of frozen Spirulina in individual serving cubes). Take 1, 2, 3 or 4 cubes at a time depending upon if you just want a quick boost of Spirulina, or a full meal replacement. Ships with dry ice. Must be kept frozen.

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    TRY IT FIRST!

    Be one of the first people to try our all natural, fresh-frozen Spirulina. We will send you a 1 year supply for 1 person (almost 10kg of frozen Spirulina in individual serving cubes). Take 1, 2, 3 or 4 cubes at a time depending upon if you just want a quick boost of Spirulina, or a full meal replacement. Ships with dry ice. Must be kept frozen.

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    FACILITY TOUR PACK!

    For the curious and the adventurous! If your travels bring you to Thailand anytime before 2017, you'll get a half-day tour of our R&D center and one of our Spirulina farms, where we will give you a lot of our Spirulina products to take home. The EnerGaia team will also treat you to a nice dinner in Bangkok where you can ask us any questions about what we do.

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    BECOME A DISTRIBUTOR!

    If you love our Spirulina products, or simply see an excellent business opportunity, let's talk about how you can become one of our distributors. The full value of this pledge will be credited torwards your first order of our Spirulina products (order must be placed within 6 months for delivery within 1 year from pledge date or else forfeit).

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    BUILD YOUR OWN SPIRULINA SYSTEM!

    Want to grow your own Spirulina using our innovative bioreactor technology? After signing a licensing agreement, we will send you our detailed installation and operations manuals, and answer questions via email and Skype to support you to set-up our system. We can also discuss on-site support and additional scope of services.

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Funding period

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