Meet the Team Behind NeptuneChain's Mission to "Clean Up Our Planet's Waters"

By David Thompson

Mar 02, 2024 01:24 AM EST

Jacques Jean and Lily Neilsen(Jacques Jean and Lily Neilsen) (Credit: Getty Image)

As the world continues to grapple with significant environmental challenges, one startup stands out in its mission to tackle a critical issue—water quality. NeptuneChain, founded by Jacques Jean, is at the forefront of revolutionizing how we address nutrient pollution and other contaminants in our planet's waters. With a vision of interconnected nutrient banks and a commitment to sustainability, NeptuneChain aims to make a lasting impact on global water ecosystems.

Jacques's journey with NeptuneChain is deeply rooted in his personal experiences, particularly his visit to post-earthquake Haiti. Witnessing the infrastructure challenges, power limitations, and resource scarcity in Haiti left an indelible mark on Jacques, shaping his perspective on the importance of local resources and sustainable solutions. These experiences ignited his passion for environmental stewardship and laid the groundwork for NeptuneChain's mission to improve water quality worldwide.

Drawing on his solar and energy storage systems expertise, Jacques brings invaluable knowledge to NeptuneChain. With a background in renewable energy projects and a deep understanding of technologies like Open ADR, he is well-equipped to lead the charge in addressing complex environmental issues. His mission to build stronger businesses that drive positive impact in climate, finance, energy, and the open web is the driving force behind NeptuneChain.

NeptuneChain is supported by a talented team of individuals, each bringing unique skills and expertise to the table. Addie Mako, a seasoned full-stack web developer, brings a unique blend of technical expertise and creative vision to the NeptuneChain team. With over three years of experience in both front-end and back-end development, Addie is driven by his passion for creating cutting-edge, dynamic, and responsive web and mobile applications. 

With a background in soil labs and farming, Lily Neilsen brings to NeptuneChain a deep appreciation for local communities and their challenges. Interested in evidence-based decisions and policies that serve communities at all levels, Lily is dedicated to driving positive change through collaboration. Committed to environmental justice, Lily is a student at Carnegie Mellon University in the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management Program, where she focuses on community-based solutions. Lily's focus on environmental stewardship plays a crucial role in shaping NeptuneChain's mission. Together, this collaborative team is driving NeptuneChain's mission forward, leveraging their diverse skill sets to make a meaningful impact on global water quality.

Looking ahead, NeptuneChain envisions a future where clean water is accessible to all. The company aims to set the global standard for water quality improvements, expanding its focus beyond nutrient pollution to address other contaminants such as toxic metals and forever chemicals. Jacques explains, "In five years, NeptuneChain won't just be a leader in water quality; it will redefine the very standards of what clean water means." With a long-term goal of establishing water quality and quantity standards within the next decade, NeptuneChain is committed to driving transformative change and ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come.

Jacques Jean's determination and commitment to driving change are evident in every aspect of NeptuneChain's mission. Through collaboration, innovation, and a steadfast dedication to environmental stewardship, NeptuneChain is paving the way for a brighter, cleaner future. To learn more, visit

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