Spritzy is a portable hand washing device in which people can wash their hands with soap and water up to 5-6 times.
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Start-Up (first few activities have happened)
1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
Hand sanitizer and other antibacterial mechanisms to maintain personal health and hygiene come at a social cost. Moreover, the solutions are ineffective, stripping the skin and killing both good and bad bacteria. Spritzy offers the convenience, portability, and feasibility of hand sanitizer without the social cost, and makes the healthier alternative more accessible. In environments where there is a shortage of water, water can be maximized.
2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
We are in the designing stage of creating a portable hand washing device the size of a water bottle. This small device is effective for people to wash their hands when they are travelling in an affordable way. Spritzy requires people to simply fill water in the device in order for it to last them through 5-6 washes. After each wash is made, they simply have to turn the device over in order for the water to filter for approximately 10 minutes.
3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?
I got inspired by this idea the summer of 2018 while I was at a museum in Washington, D.C. After touching an artifact that thousands of people have previously touched, I did not feel satisfied cleaning my hands using hand sanitizer. I then turned to the bathroom to wash my hands with soap and water, but the line was 15-minutes long and I did not want to cut the line to just wash my hands. That’s when my entrepreneurial spirit kicked in. I then went to multiple networking events on campus to find my dream team who have helped Spritzy (previously called SaniStation) become the idea it is today. We are a team of four undergraduate students at UNC who come from diverse backgrounds.
4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”
5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
A long-term goal of our project is to have our device be used in areas where public health measures are necessary and areas in which have limited water resources. Our device will make a difference there by locals being able to wash their hands before and after each meal without having to worry about saving water. Our product is allowing people to use the same amount of water for one wash, for 5-6 washes! We hope to decrease sickness rates in the long run since we are giving people a better option to wash their hands in any area.
6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
There are many existing projects that promote handwashing or promote environmental sustainability. However, what makes our project different is that we are providing people with an affordable solution to do both. Our product does not require any energy, just a little water!
7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
By going to multiple networking events, we have received interest from a variety of people. For example, the National Guard in the United States is interested in our product due to their limited handwashing facilities and a farmer from India is interested in our product to encourage farmers out in the field to wash their hands. Although we are currently still in the design-stage, we have received much traction at UNC and was considered as the top 3 emerging startups of 2019 at our university. Along with that, we participated in the Launch Chapel Hill accelerator program this past summer.
8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
Currently, my team and I are partnering with a local design company that will help create multiple prototypes for us to test out and eventually create a final design that will be ready for manufacturing. They will also help us make sure that it meets environmental and health regulations. Although the partnership with the design company has already been made, we are focusing on raising capital in order for us to pay them.
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10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?
Donations between $1k-$5k
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