BioLite: The Little Stove that Could?
The Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics Case Series
BioLite, a New York-based start-up, had pursued the development of two products: a CampStove for developed markets and a HomeStove for emerging markets. These products were unique in their ability to burn common wood sources in a cleaner, more energy efficient manner and perhaps their capability to create additional electrical energy that could be used to power an external device (e.g., a phone, LED lights) via a USB port. This case asks students to analyze detailed market data and pro forma financials in order to gain insight into the myriad of issues that must be considered when launching a new product—including product and market selection, corporate structure, ability to attract venture capital, and adherence to the mission of the company’s founders.
Case id: 120311
Supplemental Material: Excel Spreadsheets