Hustling through challenges and adversities for the first MVP
A few weeks into EF, Singapore went into a pandemic-induced lockdown, and there was simply nothing to do, nowhere to go, but to stay at home.
Thankfully, for them, all things on the customer development front were going well – all interested customers were from all over the world, and communications had been virtual from the beginning.
However, they had a bigger issue on hand.
“We knew I had to deliver on our prototype to prove that our idea works and that it’s not just a figment of our imagination.
The lockdown had just thrown us a curveball and my original plan of experimenting and building our prototype in the lab just went out of the window.
There was definitely that convenient option of saying we are in lockdown, what can we do, and concede to the unforeseen situation.
But, that’s just not me. I haven’t exhausted all my resources yet, and I’m sure I will find a way,” tells Dinaz.
Having made her own humidifier during her research days when the lab didn’t have one, Dinaz knew a thing or two about improvising with creativity.
And so, they decided to take matters into their own hands.
Dinaz turned her home kitchen into a self-made mini-lab and started figuring her way out through plenty of trial and error.
“I knew vaguely what the process would be as it’s a common process in engineering. However, to be doing this at home, in my kitchen, I obviously haven’t done it before, it’s a matter of trying,” recalls Dinaz.
To quickly formulate the optimal mix fast, she had to find the most efficient way of making the film which involves blending the mixture of plant-based ingredients and also drying the film.
She initially tried to use the blenders she had at home but these efforts came to no avail. She ended up purchasing mechanical mixers for better results.
And then came the experiment of drying the films – she even bought dehumidifiers to test it out before coming to the conclusion that natural sunlight can simply do the trick.
After exploring a multitude of methods, she finally had her prototype ready.