WOODLAWN, Ohio -- When an idea first struck local entrepreneur Zachary Green while sitting on the end of his Wyoming fire engine, he probably never guessed that dream would lead him to the White House.
"Building and growing MN8 has been more difficult then I could have ever imagined but all things worth having are also worth fighting for,” Green wrote in a Medium.com blog post on Monday. "Today was one of those days that made all the stress, fear and challenges of the last few years worth it.”
Green was invited to Washington last week to talk about his entrepreneurial journey and discuss ways to save taxpayers money through his company MN8’s zero-energy solutions. (Pronunciation tip: Think “emanate,” as in “to give out or emit.”)
Green describes MN8’s technology as “glow-in-the-dark on steroids.” His company’s products aim to make firefighters easy to see in dark, smoke-filled buildings with luminescent equipment. They also make extremely bright signage that can guide people out of buildings in an emergency.
More than 65,000 firefighters in at least 25 countries currently use the energy-free equipment to reduce disorientation in the dark, Green says. He also names Kroger as an example of a large company that is swapping electric exit signs for MN8’s glowing, non-electric signs.