5th Annual Program Features Path-to-Market Opportunity for High-Growth Potential Water Businesses
SAN FRANCISCO – October 1, 2013 – Imagine H2O, a nonprofit organization empowering people to turn water challenges into business opportunities, launched its fifth annual competition for water businesses. This year’s program advances innovations that improve water use, supply, and treatment in commercial agriculture and food processing. See program website to apply
PromisingWater Businesses and Innovators Encouraged to Apply
The program is open to entries from October 1 through November 15 and features tracks for early-stage and growth-stage water businesses. An expert panel of industry veterans and investors will review the entries and select the top companies that demonstrate commercial promise. Each entrant will receive written feedback from the judging panel. The winners and finalists will be eligible to receive cash awards, in-kind services and access to Imagine H2O’s Business Accelerator. The final results will be announced on World Water Day in March 2014.
Access to Customers
The competition features a Beta Partnership Program that will connect the winning innovations with commercial customers in the Food and Agriculture Sector. The BlueTechValley, an Imagine H2O Accelerator Hub Partner, will assist in convening a selection of commercial growers and processors in California’s Central Valley that will meet with the competition’s top companies to discuss beta customer relationships. continued on our blog
Elite Group of Industry and Technical Experts Named to IH2O’s Scientific Advisory Council
SAN FRANCISCO – July 23, 2013 – Imagine H2O announced the names of 10 water industry executives and leading researchers who will serve as founding members of the organization’s Scientific Advisory Council. The Council includes 6 top executives of companies representing over $175 billion in sales and 4 professors at leading research universities. The group will enhance Imagine H2O’s efforts to identify and support promising innovations to solve the world’s water challenges. continued on our blog
Wells Fargo Invests in Leading Water Innovation Accelerator, Imagine H2O
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 20, 2013 – Imagine H2O, a nonprofit supporting entrepreneurship and innovation in the water sector, today announced a three-year philanthropic investment from Wells Fargo to expand its program offerings, including its annual business plan competition for water innovation and the Imagine H2O Accelerator Program, which helps participating entrepreneurs turn their plans into real-world solutions.
“Supporting entrepreneurial solutions to water challenges aligns with Wells Fargo’s commitment to providing capital for clean technology companies,” said Andrew Kho , head of Wells Fargo’s Clean Tech Commercial Banking Group. “Imagine H2O is building an exciting accelerator for water solutions and we’re eager to see the results of our more comprehensive, three-year commitment.”
Since 2009, Wells Fargo has contributed hundreds of volunteer hours and funding to Imagine H2O’s efforts to establish and run a global program for water startups.
Moose Grand Teton National Park, WY Photo courtesy of Robert Dawson
Imagine H2O is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that inspires and empowers people to solve water problems.
We offer programs featuring prize competitions and a business accelerator
to help innovators and entrepreneurs turn great ideas into transformational solutions.