PRATIK SHAH

Entrepreneurship & Impact

AquaBridge

Mentoring seed stage companies at MIT100K, supporting a non-profit for microbiological water quality testing in Tanzania and working with students and faculty members in Peru, Mexico and India to understand international ecosystems to invent at MIT have enhanced my professional career. I was a co-founder of non-profit AQUA-BRIDGE that tackled drinking water crisis in developing countries. I designed a low-cost bacterial detection reagent “BOILERT” to detect diarrheal pathogens. We integrated BioSand filtration, low-cost microbiological testing and a web-based Information Communication Technology platform to detect and communicate water safety data to Kiwalani community in Tanzania. My on-ground experiences with AQUA-BRIDGE were a rapid crash course in understanding value of inventing in context and with impact as objective. I also gained structured information about raising-funds, creating business plans and venture models.

Harvard Innovation Labs, Allston, MA

Resources

Emerging Worlds

MIT Media Lab special interest group to invent digital technologies at MIT for solving health, transportation, finance, housing and other UN sustainable development goals for 2030.

MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA

REDX

Novel imaging technologies, digital health, mobile platforms, computational methods and machine learning to develop medical solutions with worldwide impact.

Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (WeSchool) and Tata Trusts, Mumbai, India