Former Wageningern UR student Lieselotte Heederik (Rural Development Studies – graduated in 2004) and Guido van Hofwegen (Tropical Land Use – graduated in 2006) have won a Tech Award with their company, Nazava Water Filters. This is the first time that a Dutch company has won this highly prestigious Award.

The Tech Awards are presented to ten innovators who come up with technical solutions to some of the planet’s most pressing problems. Nazava Water Filters was awarded the first prize in the health category. The company, which is based in Indonesia, produces inexpensive filters for removing bacteria and heavy metals from water. The product has provided clean, safe drinking water to more than 80,000 people over the last three years.

Heederik is proud to have won the Award. ‘It’s a real honour to be referred to as one of the organisations that is trying to change the world for the better. We intend to continue providing safe drinking water for everyone, no matter where in the world.’
Money prize

The Tech Award is worth $25,000 or $75,000. The Wageningen alumni will find out exactly how much they have won during the annual presentation ball in Santa Clara, California on Thursday 14 November 2013.

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