DUMBO Innovators Meet-Up: BioLite

Lounge 6:30–8:30pm
  • Regular FREE


The DUMBO Innovators Meet-Up is a monthly series highlighting innovative companies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. At this lively mixer event, meet your neighbors and experience the vibrancy this community has to offer first-hand.

Complimentary beer will be provided courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery.

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Networking/Complimentary Beer

7:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Q&A discussion with BioLite CEO/co-founder, Jonathan Cedar 

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Networking/Complimentary Beer

Upcoming Meet-Ups:

DUMBO Innovators Holiday Bash – December, date to be announced soon!


With CEO/co-founder, Jonathan Cedar 


BioLite is on a mission to bring Energy Everywhere™ with revolutionary products that transform the way we Cook, Charge and Light our lives off the grid. Biolite's team of engineers and designers, operators and analysts, storytellers and evangelists, who believe that advanced technologies, built on sustainable business practices, have the power to change the world. Their unique Parallel Innovation business model pairs the needs of families living in energy poverty with the passions of outdoor enthusiasts pushing the boundaries of life outdoors and on the go.

The founders, Jonathan and Alec, met at Smart Design in New York City where they quickly bonded over their interest in sustainable design. Alec, frustrated that almost all efficient camping stoves required fossil fuels, had the idea of a wood-burning stove able to utilize its own thermal energy to improve combustion. Jonathan, an avid camper, quickly brought his engineering background to the table and the two began the design process. Countless nights, weekends, and prototypes later, the BioLite CampStove was born: a portable biomass stove that leveraged thermoelectrics to create a smokeless fire all while charging personal devices.

More about Jonathan Cedar:

Jonathan Cedar is CEO and co-founder of BioLite, a social enterprise that develops and manufactures clean, affordable energy systems for off-grid communities around the world. The company’s first products are wood-burning stoves which reduce toxic smoke emissions by 90% while generating electricity to charge cell phones and LED lights. BioLite follows a model of Parallel Innovation in which it funds the one-time market establishment costs for its emerging markets by reinvesting revenue from product sales in US and European recreation markets.

In 2011, Business Week named Jonathan one of America’s Top Social Entrepreneurs, and together with BioLite has won the 2012 Tech Awards, 2014 and 2012 Fast Company Innovation By Design Awards, and 2011 St. Andrews Prize for the Environment.

Before starting BioLite, Jonathan was a Senior Design Engineer at Smart Design, a New York based product development consultancy, where he led teams that created consumer durable products ranging from housewares to biomedical devices. Jonathan holds a BA in engineering and environmental science from Dartmouth College.

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