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2024 IH2O Program Applications: Everything You Need to Know

Get ready to apply to Imagine H2o's 2024 programs.

Imagine H2O is the go-to-partner for developing, piloting and scaling water innovations. We leverage our deep sector expertise and expansive global ecosystem of investors, partners, and advisors to equip our startups with everything they need to bring their technologies to market. With an exclusive focus on water and a zero-equity model, we provide comprehensive support that reflects the sector’s unique opportunities and challenges.

Since 2009, we have supported 195+ startups building sustainable solutions to global water challenges. Our entrepreneurs have deployed in 50+ countries and have raised more than $1 Billion in early-stage investment. Notable alumni exits include Valor Water (Xylem), Oxymem (DuPont), Flo Technologies (Moen), WaterSmart (VertexOne), and Emagin (Innovyze).

In 2024, we are seeking startups from around the world with entrepreneurial solutions to water. Read on to see if Imagine H2O is the right fit for you and apply by November 8th.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO GET OUT OF THE PROGRAM?

All Imagine H2O startups receive the following benefits, regardless of program. Learn more in our Program Overview.

Startup Development

Access dedicated mentors and training sessions focused on entrepreneurial decision-making in the water sector

Ecosystem Access

Receive direct introductions to a global network of Tech Adopters, 200+ investors, and 180+ alumni founders

Visibility & Marketing

Showcase your technology at global industry events and benefit from Imagine H2O’s stamp of approval

Pilot Support

Secure financial and non-financial support to ensure pilot and demonstration projects are successful

“Imagine H2O is profoundly unique in that they connect entrepreneurs operating in the water space. That has been incredibly useful for us from a personal networking perspective and has also allowed us to develop relationships with huge stakeholders in the water industry which can otherwise be quite difficult to access.”
Matt Johnson (CEO, LAIIER, Accel ’23)

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY STARTUP IS ELIGIBLE?

Eligibility CriteriaImagine H2O AcceleratorImagine H2O Asia
Operating StatusFor profit entityFor profit entity
Company StageSuccessful participants have completed a proof of concept and can demonstrate high potential for commercial viability and impact.A. Successful participants based outside Asia-Pacific have market-ready solutions that are sufficiently de-risked to pursue opportunities in new markets across the region.

B. Successful applicants based in Singapore/Asia-Pacific have completed a proof of concept and can demonstrate high potential for commercial viability and impact.
Company AgeLess than 7 years in operationLess than 12 years in operation
RevenueLess than $5M in revenueLess than $5M in revenue
Equity InvestmentLess than $10M of equity investmentLess than $20M of equity investment

We understand the value of different perspectives and are always looking for talent from outside the sector. Whether you have a background in software, finance, or energy, you can count on us to make you an expert in the water industry.

“We were brand new to the water industry when we joined the 2020 cohort, but we felt like “insiders” by the time we were finished.”
Tyler Henke (CEO & Co-Founder, Ziptility)

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR ME?

There are multiple ways to participate in our programming. Many startups participate in one single program. However, several startups have participated in multiple programs – either in a single cycle or over multiple cycles. Check out our program overview for more details.

ProgramImagine H2O AcceleratorImagine H2O Asia
Primary FocusStartup development and acceleration program for startups all over the world.Startup acceleration and Singapore-based market entry program specialized for Asia-Pacific.
Geographic FocusThis program is open to global applicants. However, if you are based in the Asia-Pacific, or focused on deploying in the region, we encourage you to apply to Imagine H2O Asia.This program is open to global applicants that can demonstrate sufficient readiness and commitment to building their business in the Asia-Pacific.

“Imagine H2O’s track record of working with startups and helping them penetrate the water sector was very attractive to us. That’s why we were so excited to get in. The guidance they’ve given us has been invaluable.”
– Josh Mackanic (Founder, CivilGrid, Accel ’23)

HOW DOES IMAGINE H2O HELP STARTUPS SCALE FASTER?

Through our zero-equity programs, we select, accelerate, and deploy the world’s most promising water solutions. This model allows us to be a neutral convener of entrepreneurs, investors, customers, and industry partners. The water sector is complex, but our track record proves we have the resources, insight, and visibility companies need to succeed in this industry.

Even if you are not accepted into the program, you will receive feedback on your application from industry experts. These insights will help you improve your business model and will put you in a better position to develop your technology, raise capital, or apply to future programs.

“If we had known that we would receive such detailed feedback, we would have paid much more for the opportunity to apply. We now have many valuable points to work on.”
– Mulundu Sichone (Founder, PYDRO, Applicant ‘20)

HOW DO WE HELP STARTUPS CREATE VALUABLE CONNECTIONS?

Over the past 14 years, we have built an unparalleled network of industry experts and partners. Your startup will have unlimited access to our network of 200+ investors, 70+ mentors, and 180+ alumni. Our program curriculum will introduce you to leaders in the field.

“Imagine H2O is a catalyst for learning opportunities and building relationships along the value chain. When I have a question or want to learn about something, they automatically connect me with the person who can help me with it.
– Louise Parlons Bentata (CEO & Co-Founder, Bluemethane, Accel ’23)

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY PROGRAM?

You become an IH2O alumni for life. Our Portfolio alumni have access to exclusive networking channels, a treasure trove of water industry resources, and ongoing amplification on our media.

Our alumni become some of our best ambassadors, often representing us at events and mentoring current startups. 

“Being an IH2O company gives you an unfair advantage in the water industry.”
Aaron Tartakovsky (CEO & Co-Founder, Epic Cleantec, Accel ‘20)

WHEN AND WHERE DO I APPLY?

Application TimelineImagine H2O AcceleratorImagine H2O Asia
Part 1 Applications OpenOctober 4October 4
Part 1 Applications CloseNovember 8November 8
Part 2 Applications OpenDecember 4November 27
Part 2 Applications CloseDecember 18December 8
Invitation to InterviewFebruary, 2024Early January 2024
Decisions AnnouncedEarly March, 2024Late January, 2024
Program StartLate March, 2024February, 2024

Applications are open from October 4th to November 8th, 2023.