Igor Luketina is the founder of Cosmotaics. He is dedicated to the problem of water scarcity in regions suffering from extreme water shortages — his solution: A revolutionary conversion of solar systems into water farms. In the interview, you find out how the idea for Cosmotaics came about, what the goals are for the future and what advice he has for all those who want to become a social innovator, too.
What problem do you solve with your project/company? Why does it need exactly your solution?
Solar Farms will put further pressure on water shortage, especially in sunny regions where they are employed the most. The problem is that dirty panels produce less energy and vast amounts of water are needed for cleaning. We generate water on the spot passively and reuse the cleaning water for irrigation purposes. Solar farms are the right direction, but the design by Cosmotaics makes them green and socially sustainable.
What did you do before you started the current project/company? And what or who finally motivated you to become a social entrepreneur?
All started on the coast of Ecuador, where I lived 2 years with water scarcity as a constant companion. It was there when I decided to deal with water problems at it’s core. Since then, I am observing natural processes and designing technology to relieve the planet from water scarcity. So social entrepreneurship is the result of my efforts to provide basic needs to communities lacking of access.
What have been your greatest successes so far?
Winning the Social Impact Award 2022, catapulting us to a testing field in Austria and forming a dream team. Shout out to them.
Where should the journey go in the future and what are the next big goals?
By the end of 2023, we are looking forward to testing various editions of our technology at solar farms in Morocco and India. This is the fastest way to evaluate the water production and irrigation methods on solar farms.
© Igor Luketina
“Speak up for yourself and your inner beliefs. Finding the way between delusional sustainability and real sustainable lifestyle is pretty difficult in these times.” — Igor Luketina, Founder of Cosmotaics
As an entrepreneur, what advice would you give to someone who has a great innovative idea but doesn’t know how to get started?
Research: Do your due diligence and research your industry, target market, and competition. This will help you determine the feasibility of your idea, identify potential challenges and opportunities, and refine your business plan.
Become an expert in your field: Once you have a solid understanding of your industry, it’s important to continue learning and staying up-to-date with the latest trends and developments. Attend conferences, join relevant associations, and network with other professionals to gain valuable insights and build relationships.
Connect with institutions that are willing to assist: There are many institutions that offer resources and support to aspiring entrepreneurs, such as business incubators, accelerators, and government agencies. Take advantage of these resources to get guidance and funding opportunities.
Build a team: Surround yourself with people who share your vision and have the skills and expertise you need to make your idea a reality. This could include co-founders, advisors, mentors, and employees.
Start small and test your idea: Before investing too much time and money into your idea, test it on a small scale. This could mean creating a prototype, conducting surveys, or launching a pilot program. Use the feedback you receive to refine your idea and improve your business plan.
What is your personal source of inspiration (e.g. book, podcast, etc.) and what motivates you even on difficult days?
My personal source of inspiration is that the possibility to change my surrounding is within myself. It’s important to remember that change doesn’t happen overnight, but by taking small steps and making consistent efforts, you can create a better future for yourself and others. Keep reminding yourself of your goals and the impact you want to make, and stay committed to your journey. During difficult times, the ability to shift the course for a better future motivates me.
What are your tips for doing good in everyday life? And where do you perhaps find it rather difficult to live sustainably?
Let your ego down and do some favour for nothing in return. For example, bring sweets next time you meet a friend without them asking for it. If a homeless person approaches, you take 10 minutes and just listen. And most important: Speak up for yourself and your inner beliefs. Finding the way between delusional sustainability and real sustainable lifestyle is pretty difficult in these times.
Finish this sentence: The world needs more …
… favours without expectations.
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