Sara Plaga & Kim-Joar Myklebust

Hi there!

We are Sara Plaga and Kim-Joar Myklebust, founders of Levante.
We come from two different countries, Italy and Norway, we grew up with a passion for travel and nature.
We like discovering the world by sailing boat and camping car, living an essential and meaningful life to limit waste and ecological impact.

In our travels we have often faced a need that has not yet been fully satisfied.
Having clean energy anytime, anywhere we are.

To solve this problem we created Levante.

Origin Story

We met in a music festival in Denmark in 2009 and since then we have been traveling together, living in 10 different cities around the world, meeting amazing people and making memories.

Life brought us to settle own with a 9-5 employee job, we got married, struggled many years to have kids and lived a life planning for the future.

When our first daughter finally arrived, we realised it was time for a change.

We wanted to follow our dreams of exploring the world with our daughters. We also wanted to contribute with our professional jobs to a positive impact on our planet.

One day in 2021 we decided to quit our jobs, start a new chapter in life and created our startup Levante, while having a one-year-old daughter and another one on the way.

The name Levante is synonymous of our first daughter’s name Aurora and represents the sun rising East, hope, energy and a new beginning.

Be the change you want to see in the world

Now we are growing a family, a startup, a team and a product following the values of freedom, transparency, respect, collaboration and impact. We believe that as humans and as a company we are responsible to take a step every day towards a better planet and, as Gandhi said, be the change you want to see in the world.

Sara Plaga & Kim-Joar Myklebust

The story of Levante

In our travels by sailboat and RV, we have often faced a need that has not yet been fully satisfied. Having clean energy anytime, anywhere we are. Several times we ran out of power and the solar panels were never enough to cover our needs, simply because we didn’t have enough space to install more solar.

This is when the idea of Levante came to our mind: how can we get more space for solar, having little space available? We found the solution taking inspiration from the origami solar panels used on the satellites and the modularity of Lego®.

Origami is a technique that allows a rigid surface to be folded in an efficient way, making it compact and portable.

Why not make a solar using this artistic technique?

In February 2020, our very first prototype was born from paper to become a mobile energy source. In 2021 after a validation phase we founded the startup and started working on the product concepts with several prototypes.

Since then, we have been partnering with Sailing Uma, a well known brand by Dan and Kika, international design consultants with significant experience in the sailing industry, also known for their Youtube channel with global reach Sailing Uma.

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They are a valuable partner, but mainly precious friends for us.

Dan and Kika believed in our idea since the beginning and supported us in the development of our product as advisors and tester of the different technologies, from a plywood concept to the working prototype that is now installed on boat Uma.

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They are a valuable partner, but mainly precious friends for us.

Dan and Kika believed in our idea since the beginning and supported us in the development of our product as advisors and tester of the different technologies, from a plywood concept to the working prototype that is now installed on boat Uma.

Join the development

Come on board with us in this adventure!

You have the chance to be one the first beta testers and early adopters that can innovate the product with us. By buying our first limited edition product you can contribute to the product development and technological innovation of Levante. With your valuable feedback and inputs we will together develop the industrialised version that will be launched in 2023.

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First prototype

February 2020 - Milan, Italy
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Proof of concept in plywood

August 2021 - Reykjavik, Iceland
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Working Prototype

April 2022 - Bilbao, Spain
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Prototype on UMA

August 2022 - Balearic Islands, Spain
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Limited edition available online

November 2022