The Solar Impulse Foundation was founded in 2003 by the Swiss explorers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, as a non-profit environmental project. Its mission is to identify, endorse and advance clean technologies that benefit society, as well as our planet.
Bertrand Piccard is best known for completing the first-ever flight around the world in a specially designed solar-powered aircraft, which he named the Solar Impulse.
In 2017, Piccard, alongside several partners, created what is now known as the Solar Impulse Foundation. With the launch of the #1000Solutions Challenge, the project’s initial aim was to find 1000 clean and efficient solutions to combat climate change and prove that switching to greener alternatives for dated, polluting systems is not only affordable but also a huge market opportunity.
In 2021, Piccard and his co-founders were able to complete this goal and the Solar Impulse Foundation has since continued to work with global innovators to challenge political leaders in their decision-making and champion the benefits of environmentally-responsible and energy-efficient technologies.