With climate change concerns, water crisis, and destruction of the environment among other problems currently afflicting humankind, the best startups are those that address these issues. Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water, a bottled water company, has set itself apart by doing business while being concerned about the environment and human welfare. With a lot on its plate, the company still managed to grow by 1059% in the last three years. The growth caught the attention of Inc. Magazine, a magazine that ranks the fastest-growing 5000 companies in America. The Inc. Magazine included Waiakea among the leading 500 companies. The company is yet to be honored by the magazine.
Waiakea is one of the leading bottled water brands in America. The company secured the position through its offering of distinctive, delicious, and naturally alkaline bottled water. Waiakea’s water is tapped from the area around Mauna Loa. The water is then passed through porous lava which enhances the mineral composition of the water.
Since its establishment in 2012, Waiakea has won several awards. Most of the awards are as a result of the positive impact the company is creating in the environment and the society. Waiakea has advocated for reforestation, eco-friendly production methods, and increased social responsibility by corporations. The following are some of the awards the company has received, Food and Beverage Innovation Award 2015, Best Biz Award, and Dujour Awards just to mention a few.
Waiakea has been lauded for its philanthropic efforts. The company has partnered with Pump Aid to provide clean water to 1.35 million people in Africa. Malawi, a country in Africa, has benefited from Waiakea’s generosity. Malawi has been supplied with over 4,230 pumps which serve over 487,600 of her people. Waiakea and Pump Aid incorporate local leaders in their programs creating employment for the leaders. Waiakea’s presence in Africa has enabled more children to access education and reduced prevalence of water borne-diseases.
Ryan Emmons founded Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water Company in 2012. He is also the CEO of the company. Emmons got into entrepreneurship at a tender age of 22 years. In 2015, the company was worth $10 million.