LuminAID is a company founded by Andrea Sreshta, a current MBA student at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Anna Stork, a 2012 Kauffman Global Scholar at the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship.


LuminAID was set up after the Haiti earthquake in 2010, when Anna and Andrea had an idea to invent an inflatable solar light, the next year in 2011 it was launched when the founders travelled to village projects in India, where it made 500% of its initial funding goal.

But what is LuminAID exactly?

LuminAID is a small solar light that can be used in any situation, be it camping or a rescue mission. Its helps those in Third World countries who previously relied on dangerous, toxic, and expensive kerosene lanterns as their primary source of light. To now have a safe source of light to use instead. It has distributed 12,000 thousand lights to more than 50 countries as part of Give Light, Get Light in which they partner with NGOs and non-profits all over the world to distribute LuminAID lights to individuals who will greatly benefit from a safe, rechargeable light source.

This small light has provided help to many people and on its website there are several positive reviews about this simple yet powerful invention which have already won the product and the founders awards such as Chicago Booth’s Social New Venture Challenge.

This product is recognized around the world and earned its founders Anna and Andrea titles such as Toyota Mothers of Invention at the Women In the World Summit in New York in 2014. A truly deserving title to these two women, who have created a superb product available and usable by all.