Imagine H20 Announces 12 Finalists in Innovation Competition

More than 100 companies participated in this year's global competition aimed at finding innovative solutions to water infrastructure.
Imagine H20 Announces 12 Finalists in Innovation Competition

Imagine H2O, a nonprofit organization that inspires and empowers people to solve water problems, announced 12 finalists in its water tech Accelerator Program. These 12 startups competed in IH2O's sixth annual Business Innovations Competition to receive mentorship from industry leaders, introduction to investors and a global network of beta customers and utilities.

Winners will be announced on March 18, 2015, at IH2O's Water Gala '15 in San Francisco.

"We're optimistic about the number of entrepreneurs who seek to address the challenges associated with our crumbling water infrastructure," says IH2O COO Scott Bryan. "This year's dramatic growth in applications reflects a growing interest in water innovation and our program's effectiveness in connecting entrepreneurs to market opportunities."

The global competition attracted entrants from 20 countries, including the United States. Smart infrastructure solutions represented over a third of the entrants. The competition also received a significant number of entrants presenting green and capital efficient solutions to improving water and wastewater infrastructure.

An estimated $20 trillion investment is needed to meet the water needs of the global population, according to a recent McKinsey report. The critical need for innovation and investment in water and wastewater infrastructure has become evident in light of recent high-profile events including the California drought and a series of recent water system failures in major cities. IH2O's proven path-to-market opportunity advances emerging businesses with scalable solutions to these growing water and wastewater infrastructure challenges.

IH2O's judging panel, which includes leading industry experts from venture capital firms, water utilities and engineering businesses, based its selection of the finalists on their market viability, value proposition and go-to market strategy. The program's major financial supporters include Wells Fargo, Grundfos, Tetra Tech and the California Water Foundation.

The 2015 finalists include:

Early Stage Track

  • Drinkwell (Boston, Mass.) transforms the global water crisis into entrepreneurial opportunity using a micro­franchise model to establish local water businesses in arsenic and fluoride­affected areas.
  • DropCountr (Redwood City, Calif.) uses data analytics, sleek design and mobile apps to communicate water usage and metrics to consumers and utility staff, helping utilities and their customers save water, money and time.
  • Infimet BV (Athens, Greece) manufactures and sells AquAszero, the only filter media capable of removing both Arsenic III and Arsenic V from drinking water equally well.
  • Lumense (Atlanta, Ga.) is developing a real-­time, continuous sensor platform for monitoring chemicals and biologicals in water.
  • Valor Water (San Francisco, Calif.) provides customer sales analytics software to water utilities to address revenue risk, affordability and supply management.
  • PaverGuide (Worton, Md.) provides an alternative foundation and reservoir for permeable paving installations that holds more water in a smaller volume than traditional stone bases.

Growth Stage Track

  • Aquarius Spectrum (Netanya, Israel) features a near real-­time, automatic water pipe monitoring tool for leak detection based on acoustic sensing.
  • FLOWatch (Cynwyd, Penn.) is highly configurable, fully integrated operational and asset management software for water and environmental systems operators.
  • InfoSense (Charlotte, N.C.) features the Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool, which acoustically inspects gravity-­fed sewer lines for blockage with no-flow contact.
  • Lucid Energy (Portland, Ore.) is a renewable energy and smart water company. The LucidPipe in-­pipe hydropower system enables water infrastructure managers to improve the economics of delivering water.
  • Natel Energy (Alameda, Calif.) is developing a new class of hydroturbines for generating power from low-pressure, large-volume water systems.
  • OxyMem (Westmeath, Ireland) uses gas-permeable membranes to deliver oxygen directly to micro­organisms that break down wastewater, resulting in four times the energy efficiency of competing products.

About Imagine H2O
Imagine H2O inspires and empowers people to solve water challenges and turn them into opportunities. In addition to financial support for the best ideas, the Imagine H2O Accelerator helps participating entrepreneurs turn their plans into transformational, real-world solutions. To learn more about Imagine H2O's global ecosystem for water innovation and connect with water entrepreneurs from around the world, please visit


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