Clean water, most of us take it for granted. But 2.5 billion people across the globe lack access to clean water. In places like Afghanistan, lack of access to water sanitation leads to a 1 in 5 child mortality rate. But a local Sacramento clean tech startup has taken on the mission of democratizing sustainable water and energy access.

I sat down with Arya Rashid, head of marketing and PR at Sacramento clean tech startup Tenkiv, to talk about their humanitarian mission to tackle things like the water crisis, energy shortage, and climate change. Check out the interview in either video or audio formats below and then check out their KickStarter campaign and help them reach their goal and solve the clean water crisis in developing countries.

This interview is also available as a downloadable audio podcast.

Arya Rashid of CleanTech Startup Tenkiv

Check out Tenkiv’s Kickstarter Campaign and help them reach their goal and bring clean water to those who need it.

Topics in this interview

  • The origins and mission of Tenkiv and how they are democratizing sustainable water and energy access.
  • How Tenkiv’s Kickstarter campaign to fund their Nexus system is going.
  • What’s on tap for Tenkiv this year after their fundraising campaign.
  • Thoughts on the impact of new federal administration’s policy on clean energy and how that affects them.
  • The Sacramento region as the green tech hub of the nation.
  • What Sacramento has to offer cleantech startups that’s unique and different from other cities.
  • What can the Sacramento community do to help support the Tenkiv.
  • Advice for entrepreneurs looking to get into the clean tech space


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