March 2017 Vol. 72 No. 3


Imagine H2O Water Data Challenge Finalists Announced

Imagine H2O, the water innovation accelerator, selected 12 startups to advance to its 8th annual Accelerator Program. Over 180 startups from 20 countries registered for the Challenge. The startups will join the organization’s growing portfolio of 70 alumni companies, which represent over $1 in every $10 of early-stage investment in the water sector.

A lack of actionable data poses significant challenges to businesses, landowners and governments managing water resources globally. Entrepreneurs responding to this problem are applying advancements in sensors, artificial intelligence, enterprise software and other IT applications to the water sector.

“Leveraging data innovation empowers communities and businesses to solve water challenges in a cost-effective manner,” said Tom Ferguson, Imagine H2O’s VP of programming. “Our 2017 accelerator cohort is a diverse, scalable set of businesses providing crucial data and information to communities, farms and companies.”

The 12 finalists advancing to Imagine H2O’s 2017 accelerator are: Acoustic Sensing Technology (UK), AquaSeca, Arable Labs, EMAGIN, Flo Techologies, FREDSense, Hydromodel Host (Spain), Lotic Labs, PlutoAI, Sutro, Triple Bottom Line Enterprises (Ethiopia) and Utilis (Israel). The overall winner will be announced at the organization’s WaterGala ’17 in San Francisco, CA, mid-March.

“This is an impressive group of companies doing important work in their chosen area,” said Paul Gagliardo, innovation director at American Water and member of the judging panel. “Scaling their business through Imagine H2O’s program will be a unique opportunity to bring their innovations to market.”

Imagine H2O provides a proven path-to-market for early-stage water companies, with participants benefitting from executive mentorship, market visibility, investor introductions and connections to Imagine H2O’s Beta Partners, a global network of companies and utilities committed to deploying water technology.

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