Prasoon Kumar, Co-Founder and CEO of BillionBricks is a President’s Design Awardee, TEDx speaker and social justice campaigner working towards eradicating homelessness. Prasoon began his career as an architect working in design firms across India, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2013, he left his corporate job to start BillionBricks with his previous employer, Anurag Srivastava who is the founding partner of Jungle Ventures and Space Matrix Group.
Prasoon and Anurag were driven by a joint mission to empower everyone to own a dignified home. To achieve this, BillionBricks is pioneering the development of the world’s first self-financing, carbon-negative solar home solution, which produces enough energy to pay for itself. BillionBricks originally began as a non-profit and has provided shelters, schools and homes to 5,365 people across 9 countries, and rendered relief support to another 10,000. Its first innovation called weatherHYDE, is an award-winning, life-saving emergency shelter that was described by Ashton Kutcher as “innovation at its finest.”
Prasoon has received global recognition for his work. Winner of Singularity University’s Global Grand Challenge and named Urban Land Institute’s 40 under 40, he graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning and an Outstanding Graduate Award in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India