For Alex Mittal, inspiration hit while doing the heavy lifting portion of giving back, building a water system in Honduras on an Engineers without Boarders trip in 2005. Here, Mittal saw an opportunity to make sure the developing world was able to access not only water, but clean water. Returning to school at University of Pennsylvania, Mittal and some friends developed the first-ever plastic water pipe that removed bacteria both on the pipe’s inner surface and top. Soon after, they founded Innova Materials, a company that would evolve into Innova Dynamics, dedicated to providing sustainable technological solutions. Their range has only extended, as Innova Dynamics covers technology ranging from from a US army contract for advanced materials to fellow Penn alum’s self-filtering water bottle.