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Team Name: AquaFresco

Team Members: Sasha Huang, Chris Lai, Alina Rwei

Q: Give us a 1-sentence pitch of your idea!

A: It’s the next-generation cleaning system that saves 95% of water and detergent in processes such as laundry, car-wash and industrial cleaning, building a better cleaning for a better future.

Q: Why did you decide to apply to the 100K?

A: Being able to compete in the MIT 100K has been one of our dreams since coming to MIT. It is a prestigious competition that gains so much recognition. Of course we are aiming for the final 100K prize to launch our vision, yet just the experience of participation in the 100K competition was a dream-come-true for us.

Q: What's been the most surprising aspect of this process?

A: It is surprising, in a good way, to find that our society is really supportive of entrepreneurs and that the network is strong and wide. Here at MIT and the greater Boston area, people who are interested in entrepreneurship are encouraged to pursue their dreams and make a difference.  

Q: What’s been the most valuable piece of advice you’ve received?

A: Starting as engineers, we began with speaking really technical things using really technical languages. However, through the process, we have learned to speak an idea not using technical languages but the words that can be clearly deliver to general public. The advice on how we can convey our idea better is the most valuable piece we have received.

Q: What’s been your biggest accomplishment in this process so far?

A: Building a prototype! It definitely feels good when the things you want to build is not just on paper but can be built in real life!

Q: What are you most looking forward to for the Launch finals?

A: Meeting people, bouncing-off ideas from discussions, seeing how other startups make an impact, and just simply being immersed in the atmosphere of the Launch finals.