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Green Bio-Degradable Composites from Natural Fibers
 
Successful commercial spin-off from Cornell University based on university research and IP (resin for bonding fibers from soya beans). Environmental awareness is increasing interest in and demand for green composites. Being biodegradable and made from natural raw materials, these products offer an environmentally positive alternative to products currently made from non-renewable resources (petroleum by products). These products do not use Formaldehyde, which is a health hazard.
 
TIV has produced bio-composites from several grasses, and is identifying candidate fibers in the Caribbean. A licensing agreement is being negotiated with Cornell. The project will be presented to the World Bank funded Venture Capital Unit in the Caribbean in March of 2016.
Ventures for Change
 
We understand that technology is only part of the solution. Our innovative and sustainable solutions created by top experts are the result of service innovation, design thinking, as well as technology.  We select our clients carefully for their social commitment, excellence in management, leadership in their field, appetite for innovation, and analytical strengths.
 
Our ventures employ state of the art technologies, multidimensional and cross sectoral approaches, best practices in risk mitigation, coupled with deep insights gained from the extensive experience of our team in staged implementation and strategic alliances. We have no sectoral focus, our only condition is that our ventures address a major socio-economic and environmental challenge - and produce an unambiguous solution.

Ventures

Examples of how we lay future building blocks of sustainable economic growth through innovation

Oil Absorbents made from Banana Stalk Fiber 
 
The stalk of the banana plant has strong capillary properties which makes it an excellent absorbent of oil. Oil absorbents have land and marine applications (oil spills, ships, factories, gas stations, etc.). The dominant fiber in the market today is polypropylene (PPP, a petroleum by-product). The banana fiber oil absorbing performance is close to that of PPP. The stalk is a waste by product of banana cultivation and available as a raw material at near zero cost. The biodegradable nature of the product makes it attractive from an environmental perspective.
 
TIV designed and built a pilot plant in Costa Rica for the production of the oil absorbents, which showed high performance and a low cost of production. TIV is currently developing the project for the Caribbean in partnership with large banana producers in St. Lucia and Jamaica.  

Pimento Leaf Oil Extraction, Jamaica

There is a large global demand for pimento oil by the food and related industries. TIV assisted a Jamaican entrepreneur in raising capital and improving the technology for a plant that produces the essential oil from pimento leaf. In contrast to pimento seed, traditionally used for oil and expensive, the leaf is a much cheaper raw material and the extraction process used provides a comparable yield and quality.
 
The company is now one of the largest exporters of pimento oil in Jamaica. The capital for this venture was raised by TIV from the expatriate Jamaican community in the US. TIV created Caribbean Technologies Venture Group (CTVG) for this purpose. TIV will use this unique mechanism to raise capital for other projects in the region.

Integrating Innovation Ecosystems, Macedonia

A TIV member analyzed a World Bank supplier development program for the auto industry in Macedonia (FYROM) and integrating the innovation ecosystem with the initiative to help SMEs in the country rise in the global value chain and meet the challenges of rapid technological changes in the industry value chain.

Waste Analysis of Plastic Bag Use, Mali

A TIV member carried out a study for USAID Mali to analyze the waste problem produced by the increasing use of plastic bags in the country. The main causes of the problem were identified and solutions developed to produce value added products from the waste.

Policy Research on Innovation in Oil and Natural Gas, Brazil

TIV is involved in a major policy research project in Brazil on Innovation in the Oil and Natural Gas sector. The projects involves Columbia University, EBAPE, Rio and MIT.

Eco-Tourism for Holbox in Mexico

TIV is advising a Mexican Investment Group in the design and development of an eco-tourism project in the island of Holbox, Mexico, an untouched island with extensive biodiversity close to Cancun. TIV is also involved in raising capital from the Impact Investment community.

United Nations Advance Technology Alert System (ATAS), Global

A member of TIV was part of a three person team that design the Advance Technology Alert System of the UN. The purpose of ATAS was to provide detailed analyses of the positive and negative implications of new technologies for developing countries. Technology sectors included: Biotechnology (tissue culture), materials, infomatics.  

USAID (EASY) Venture Capital System, South Africa

A TIV founder was advisor to a USAID funded program (EASY) in South Africa to design a system for providing venture capital to the historically disadvantaged population in South Africa.

Horizontal Technical Cooperation Study, Global

 A TIV member carried out a global study of the potential for Technical Cooperation between Developing Countries (TCDC) for UNDP, which covered cooperation in industry, agriculture and the social sciences.

Technology Incubator in Mexico

TIV members designed and operated the first Incubator for Technology Based Ventures in Merida, Yucatan. Several innovative ventures were successfully incubated and other companies were assisted in improving their marketing strategy, supply chain management and technology upgrading. (Ceramic Handicrafts, Hot sauces, Algae production (Spirulina), Eco-Tourism,  Telemedicine, and Traditional Medicines).

Sustainable Technology Ventures (STV), India

TIV designed and established Sustainable Technology Ventures for the development of sustainable technology based ventures in India. It also raised the initial capital for the venture from Indian companies. The company was merged with a large Indian corporation.

Action Plan for Regional IP Support, Caribbean

TIV conceived and designed action plan for a regional IP support facility for CARICOM countries to help protect and monetize all forms of intellectual property (copyrights, GIs, technological), helping artists and farmers capture greater value of their outputs and establishing linkages between frontier innovation community and the scientists in the Caribbean.

Technology Gateway Organization (TGO), Tunisia

A TIV member was advisor to a USAID project in Tunisia to design a TGO as a mechanism for improving the transfer of technology to the country from overseas.

Innovation Fund to Finance Clean Tech, Mexico

TIV member helped SENER (Mexico Energy Ministry) establish an innovation fund to finance clean tech ventures by leveraging GEF (Global Environment Facility) funds thus spurring an innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country and steering it towards a low carbon future. 

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Microbial Waste Treatment System
 
TIV is working with Columbia University to commercialize a unique Waste Treatment Technology developed by a University Professor (who won the MacArthur Award for his work).  
 
The system uses microbial ecology, molecular biology and engineering to turn human waste into clean water and usable fertilizer. Certain combinations of mixed microbial communities, similar to those that occur naturally, can be used to mitigate the harmful environmental impacts of wastewater and extract useful products. The process is much more energy efficient and economical than other alternatives and leaves no residue. It is scaleable. TIV and Columbia will establish an independent private corporation to commercialize the technology. The market for the system is global. The system is currently being tested by three large water companies. Columbia University is funding the first phase of the project.
Bio-Refinery for Natural Extracts
 
TIV introduced the Australian Cone Column technology to Jamaica. The company produces a variety of natural extracts from local produce. The company operates in the southern region of Jamaica and has been recognized by the government as a potential model for the country.  
 
TIV is working to expand and refine the model by identifying more new products from local produce in the region, and integrating other technologies to improve flexibility.   The bio refinery has been designed to produce multiple products, use integrated technologies, address supply and market fluctuations and be scaleable. TIV is working with the company as well as other potential partners to commercially develop this project for the Caribbean region.
Production of Inulin from Agave 
 
Inulin (a probiotic with a growing global market) is found in the leaf pulp of the agave leaf. Several other products are also possible from the leaf pulp, including: sugars, fuel bagasse, potable alcohol, high fructose, lactic acid and ester.  The market price for inulin makes it most attractive option.
 
Pilot testing and analysis has been conducted on agave plants in Mexico by the TIV partner technology company in Vera Cruz.  The processes involved in inulin production are: Extraction, centrifugation, clarification, evaporation, de-coloration, filtration, drying and packaging. TIV is currently commercializing this technology. 
Water Filter for Household Use
 
Access to drinking water of adequate quality is a major problem in many countries. Many households, particularly low income and rural populations, do not have access to clean drinking water at an affordable cost and are often outside the reach of existing public and private distribution systems.
 
TIV, in partnership with its water technology partner, has designed a filter with a capacity of 15 liters/day, which requires  no energy, and removes 99.99% of organic and inorganic contaminants. The filter has passed US and Mexican standards and is ready for product launch. The cost to the consumer per liter is 5% of the lowest available alternative in Mexico 0.5 pesos/liter).
TIV's Global Reach
 
Past and current project locations: 
 
  • Eastern Europe: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Macedonia (FYROM), Bulgaria, Serbia, Georgia, Kosovo
  • Caribbean and Latin America: CARICOM AND CARIRI countries, Mexico
  • Africa: Mali, South Africa, Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda
  • Asia: China, Philippines, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia 
  • MENA: Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt, Kuwait