Alice Min Soo Chun
Founder, Solight Design
Alice Min Soo Chun is the original inventor of the Solar Inflatable Light and Solar Light Assembly. Her idea was developed after many years of research and development in photovoltaics and thin film substrates. The first prototype was made in 2009, while she was a professor at Parsons the New School and at Columbia University.
Since that time, inspired by mission to maximize the power of the sun, reverse the growing rate of toxins in our environment and motivated by her personal story, she has raised over $1Million in funding through crowdfunding and other investors. The design was improved upon to become the SolarPuff™ using recyclable materials, light diffusion, and origami folding and self-inflating design.
Alice Chun founded Solight Design, a mission she felt compelled to pursue and grow, based on her personal story of the horrors of pollution from toxins in our environment and how they were affecting her family and her life. She used this “power of love” and her talents in design, architecture and knowledge of solar power along with the resources of crowdfunding to change her life and the lives of others forever.
Ms. Chun has been traveling around the world, spreading her story, growing her advocates and developing a community of “warriors of light” to continue the usage, uptake and popularity of her technology. In dark corners of the world where families are spending a third of their resources on fossil fuels, Solight and it’s partners are bringing solar light into their realities, creating brighter and healthier places to live.
She hopes to influence other start-up founders to do the same with their ideas. “In the end, it’s about the passion that pollinates from a love of what you do and pass on your passion as a gift to the world and it will fly back to you 10 million-fold.”
When I took the next step in funding, I did the same thing. I found an amazing mentor at MIT who had worked for the Peace Corps who was literally wowed and compelled by my mission. Like a series of dominos, contacts begot other contacts and I found myself surrounded by like-minded people sharing our story.
I am spreading the seeds and story of the SolarPuff™ to help replace the horrible fossil fuels that are now causing so many health problems that we see today through a pop-up design that has a “wow factor” for everyone who holds in it their hands. It is light, powerful and has a design that was inspired by my love of origami. The best thing that could happen is lighting up the world with the power of the sun.