2019-08-25
Real-world experiences motivate change
Jassi from Dehli, India is one of 45 participants at the “Vision” Journey taking place in Copenhagen, Zurich and Hamburg in July. He runs a startup called Plant Your Air, which uses plants to clean the air in workspaces and other indoor spaces where majority of people spend time daily. which is based in India.

Jassi was motivated to join Journey by his team and incubator who recommended the program. He was keen to make new connections in the field of sustainability and see what new innovations were happening in the field as well as make an impact in the field of climate innovation.

Plant Your Air which is based in India was originally founded to beat the heavy air pollution in India, where the rest of the founding team lives. 80 people die in Dehli daily because of air pollution—, which makes Dehli the most polluted city in the world. Jassi and his team are aware of the need for innovation to reduce air pollution and are determined to address the issue.

Jassi and team’s idea to use plants to improve indoor air quality was inspired by a signboard they came across that read ‘Hi, I’m a plant purifier’. This motivated them to do extensive research on the field and they found a report from NASA, listing 50 plants that improves air quality. “When we did more research, we found that indoor pollution is more dangerous that outdoor pollution, because air is not moving inside. There is simply less oxygen inside,” said Jassi.

The startup is currently working with co-working spaces such as fitness studios, restaurants and hotels in Delhi where they are increasing oxygen levels of rooms and buildings. As a result, they have seen positive results whereby their customers started to position themselves as having green building in the area. Another way that Plant Your Air meets the needs of its customers, is by offering tailormade solutions such as measuring indoor air quality of buildings and developing plans with the most effective use of specific plants based on the data they gather.

Jassi’s learnings from the Journey inspired new ideas for his business which he will take with him. “The first and most important thing that I learned so far on the Journey is working in a team with people coming from different cultures. I think it’s an important learning. You take inspiration from all the different cultures and experiences.” Furthermore, the different innovation processes and systems that he learnt so far is something that he can transfer directly to his startup: “This could be really impactful for me as well, as some of the things and innovation techniques I have learned here at the Journey from my peers and my coaches and the startups is something that I can take forward in my business and on my own journey as well.”

The Journey is giving young students and professionals experience in working in international and multidisciplinary groups of people with either academic or real-world experience. The cohort of Journey participants join the summer school with various experiences, competencies and insights. While developing ideas, projects, products and services in response to climate challenges, they share knowledge and learning from each other in teams.

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Name: Jassi
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Country: India


“We thought of using plants to increase the oxygen level of rooms and buildings and decrease the pollution level. We are currently

All natural without using any electricity – and it looks very good. Later on, Jassi moved to Germany to do his master’s degree where he met some people at the university about the idea. They really liked it and thought that it could work well in Germany as well, because every company is spending a lot of money making their employees happy and creating a good working environment, and Plant Your Air is tapping into this need.

What was your inspiration and motivation to join the Journey?

“I got the recommendation from my incubator to start this programme. I’m part of an incubation programme back in Frankfurt, where we work on sustainable solutions to clean air pollution. My team asked me to join the programme, so I could make some more connections in the field of sustainability and see what new innovations are going on in this field, and also make an impact in this field.

What learnings and takeaways have you had from the journey that you feel you can bring back to your project?

The first and most important thing is working in a team with people coming from different cultures. I think it’s a really important learning. You learn to manage everything and also take inspiration from all the different cultures and learnings. I think this could be really impactful for me as well, as some of the things and innovation techniques I have learned here at the Journey from my peers and my coaches and the startups is something that I can take forward in my business and my Journey as well.