“Pow! emPowering Opportunities in Water” selects three US-based companies to fast-track water-related innovation
Invisible bubbles to help the oil and gas industry recycle water. Growing a valuable mineral from wastewater to help feed the world. Giving food waste a second life to remove contaminants from water. These were the winning ideas that captured the judges’ attention in the first-ever “Pow! emPowering Opportunities in Water” competition.
Veolia, The Water Council and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today announced three winners that best support the competition’s mission of advancing new ideas and approaches for improving sustainability and resiliency efforts in the water and clean-tech industries. The new program offers a unique opportunity for innovators and social entrepreneurs to fast-track their water-related ideas by connecting them to Veolia and water industry experts and influencers who can directly support their company’s services, products and ideas.
The winning companies are:
“The driving force behind Pow! is to connect the entrepreneurial ecosystem with the needs of society, the environment and our clients,” explained Philip Abraham, senior vice president of Veolia’s global Research and Innovation. “By providing access to markets, pilot sites, research and innovation, technical partners and professionals who can bolster the winners’ ideas and experiences, ‘Pow!’ is a new way that Veolia and partner organizations can contribute to global improvements in how we manage water.”
Each winning company will receive support from Veolia, the Water Council and WEDC to help bring their ideas to market, including:
”Veolia’s advancement of the new Pow! program demonstrates the company’s commitment to foster and strengthen innovative startups that are focused on speeding up the development of the next generation of water technology solutions,” said Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of The Water Council. “We are very pleased to welcome Pow! winners to the Global Water Center and help them connect with our network, and grow their businesses in Milwaukee.”
“Water technology advancements made by companies leveraging Wisconsin’s globally recognized industry sector strengths are helping to solve sustainability challenges worldwide,” said Mark Hogan, WEDC secretary and chief executive officer. “We look forward to working with these Pow! competition winners to bring new innovations to market.”
Pow! is the first corporate water technology accelerator part of The Water Council’s BREW Corporate, an expansion to the existing BREW accelerator program.
The three companies were selected from a group of applicants looking to address one of four challenges including: smart-data technologies, resilience and sustainable water management, watershed management, and disruptive water innovation.