David Hutton – FlexiPump
I was three years old when I decided I wanted to be an inventor, something which I was told was unlikely to happen! Nevertheless, by the time I was 13, I was working on a simple water pump design which was inspired by a physics lesson. As it turned out my design was technically impossible. Subsequent research highlighted the flaws of pumps in the developing world; from lack of maintenance to unavailability of replacement parts.
So I set myself the task of designing a very basic irrigation water pump that required little to no maintenance and that did not need any shop-bought replacement parts.
It was during my Watershed course that I realised that the FlexiPump was a physical manifestation of one of my passions; to see people stand on their own two feet and look after themselves. It was also during this time that my 3-year-old self had been right. I was an inventor.
The course helped me channel my energies to better utilise my problem-solving skills and hone my commercial abilities. It also taught me how to effectively and productively work through the research phases of my projects. The mentors helped me prepare a presentation that not only highlighted my approach but also resonated with the business community. Talking to investors and working through the intricacies of funding has also given me a deeper understanding of how best to make my business thrive. I am loving every minute of it!