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Imagine H2O Asia

Imagine H2O Asia builds solutions to Asia-Pacific’s water challenges with the world’s best entrepreneurs.

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Imagine H2O Asia unlocks access to water innovation across the region— connecting global startups to new markets, partners, and pilot support from our Singapore hub.

Communities across Asia are on the front lines of the global water and climate crisis. In response, the region is embracing innovative water solutions. Imagine H2O Asia helps startups capture these opportunities.

We maintain a dual focus: we build water technology startups based in Singapore and the region, as well as help global entrepreneurs enter and scale their solutions across South and Southeast Asian markets for the first time. 


Teredo Analytics

Teredo Analytics

Non-Revenue Water and Leak Detection

Event-based anomaly detection system using acoustic monitoring technology, with applications in pipeline inspection as well as water plant machinery to identify leaks and machinery faults. Four ongoing projects in Singapore, with approximately 100k litres of water saved and $280k savings from equipment monitoring and accident prevention.

Cohort

4

Programs participated

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Solinas Integrity

Solinas Integrity

Sanitation

Suite of robotic solutions in the pipeline and sanitation industry which include semi-automated septic tank cleaning robots that homogenise hard sludge to create a pumpable slurry to minimize human interaction with waste. System can reach tank depths between 5-7m, and reduce slurry particle size to 40-50mm. Other solution offerings include water leak reduction and pipeline condition monitoring.

Cohort

4

Programs participated

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Createch 360

Createch 360

Process Optimization

Advanced process control solutions that optimizes processes in water and wastewater treatment plants and ensures effluent quality compliance throughout the plant’s lifecycle. Process intelligence platform includes self-customization features and is hosted locally onsite using a PC server. Up to 50% in aeration energy savings, and up to 40% reduction in chemical use. 150+ global installations, with 9 projects in Asia over the last two years.

Cohort

Cohort 4

Programs participated

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Ossus Biorenewables

Ossus Biorenewables

Climate Resilience & Adaptation

Combined electrical and biological process in a novel, single reactor producing green hydrogen directly on-site using waste carbon from effluents or wastewater. Reactors are autonomously controlled, easily retrofittable into existing plants and can be scaled up in capacity. Applications in steel, O&G, chemical and textile industries. Pilot set up in India with a steel manufacturer recycled 97% of effluents and produced 30 kg of hydrogen gas from 6000L of effluents per day.

Cohort

4

Programs participated

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Komunidad

Komunidad

Climate Resilience & Adaptation

Climate risk decision support tool that integrates multiple weather data sets with local environmental data to generate precise, customizable and community-specific insights and alarms for improved climate adaptation and resilience. Multiple projects in Philippines and India working with local governments for disaster risk management, as well as across a range of sectors including energy, agriculture, transport and banks.

Cohort

4

Programs participated

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Ekatvam Innovations

Ekatvam Innovations

Climate Resilience & Adaptation

Community-level water governance tool that gathers and integrates locally-gathered data on groundwater levels, water-intensity of crops and satellite imagery to inform climate adaptation strategy for NGO-led projects in villages across India.

Cohort

4

Programs participated

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Power & Water

Power & Water

Water & Wastewater Treatment

Patented, modularised sono-electrochemical treatment process that combines the power of ultrasound and electrolysis to directly address passivation and reduce energy consumption, while demonstrating lower costs than liquid chemicals for electro-coagulation. Secured commercial contracts across the municipal and industrial sector including O&G, construction and aquaculture in the UK. Ongoing projects in carbon capture through AOP with utilities in Asia and the US.

Cohort

4

Programs participated

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H2MO

H2MO

Water & Wastewater Treatment

Biomimetic hollowfibre RO membranes (without Aquaporin). Bio-programmable membranes (BPM) drastically increase throughput by 3x while meeting effluent quality. Improved fouling resistance and lifespan of the BPM-RO has been demonstrated through multiple pilots in Singapore demonstrating 50% savings in energy consumption and over 80% reduction in chemical cleaning due to reduced maintenance requirements.  

Cohort

4

Programs participated

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SideStroem

SideStroem

Water & Wastewater Treatment

Novel nanofiltration-type forward osmosis membrane technology demonstrating superior water flux and salt extraction efficiency compared to conventional FO membranes. Looking to scale technology for industrial production with a focus in textile, tannery and fermentation industries.

Cohort

4

Programs participated

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Similie

Similie

Digitizing Operations

End-to-end solution that digitizes rural water management systems by deploying sensors, gathering data on water flow, levels, quality and more, and generating insights for municipalities to monitor community water resources and supply. Two ongoing projects in Timor Leste.

Cohort

4

Programs participated

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TeamSolve

TeamSolve

Digitizing Operations

Digital knowledge companion that integrates institutional SOPs, workforce knowledge and field reports to generate problem-solving insights during daily operations, incident troubleshooting and management through a conversational AI platform.

Cohort

4

Programs participated

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WeavAir

WeavAir

Digitizing Operations

Predictive solution for operations and management teams looking to reduce energy in buildings and facilities through the holistic tracking, diagnosis and detection of anomalies using data.

Cohort

4

Programs participated

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Aprisium

Aprisium

Water Quality Monitoring

IOT-enabled electrochemical sensors for on-site contaminant profiling and early-warning detection and insights for industries. Currently available to profile heavy metals and VOCs with plans to increase profiling suite and capabilities.

Cohort

4

Programs participated

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Benefits

All-in partnership for market access and acceleration, tailored for the complexities of this region

Since our launch in 2019, our program has helped 30 water startups secure projects across six countries in the region. In addition to mentorship and network access, we provide our startups with pilot and customer acquisition opportunities through co-funding awards and on-the-ground support.

Market Access

  • Access dedicated mentors to identify and vet customer leads and partners.
  • Receive direct introductions to the Tech Adopters network.
  • Benefit from travel stipends for market research and showcase at major exhibitions, including Singapore International Water Week.
  • Utilize IH2O Asia’s hub at PUB’s Singapore Water Exchange for local and regional industry engagement.

Startup Development

  • Participate in personalized support and group training sessions.
  • Access dedicated mentors to adapt and localize solution and business model.
  • Receive curated country briefings to navigate market entry in the region.
  • Access IH2O Asia alumni through online and in-person events.

Pilot Funding & In-Country Support

  • Access pilot co-funding awards to help acquire your first reference cases and customers in the region.
  • Access in-country market advisors and partners to design and implement pilot and commercial projects.
  • Apply for WTAP support, a new IH2O Asia collaboration with the World Bank.
  • Apply for other pilot funding initiatives on an ongoing basis as an alumni. 

Pilot Funding

Water Technology Access Partnership (WTAP)

A Pilot Funding & Innovation Learning Platform

In collaboration with the World Bank Water Global Practice, WTAP aims to make innovation more accessible by providing the resources to jumpstart pilot projects. 

The program provides support to identify and localize relevant solutions as well as co-fund demonstration projects. From reducing utility losses in small urban systems in Cambodia to mapping arsenic-contaminated groundwater in South Asia, WTAP sources technologies across a range of challenges affecting the region. 

We invite new partners to join as we deepen our engagement in Asia and expand our reach to new geographies.

Eligibility

Is Imagine H2O Asia right for you?

Our program is open to different profiles of startups and your experience will be customized based on your technology readiness and status in the region. Learn more about our two-track approach here

Eligible startups must be less than 12 years in operation, generating less than $5M revenue and have raised less than $20M in equity. 

Global startups with solutions validated outside of the Asia-Pacific
  • While successful applicants may be new to the Asia-Pacific, they must demonstrate a commitment to testing and deploying their solution in the region.
Asia-based startups seeking to launch and build their businesses
  • Singapore and regional startups at different stages of development seeking mentorship, network access and pilot support.
Still not sure if this is the right fit?
  • Reach out to us at singapore@imagineh2o.org
Our Track Record

The region’s first accelerator dedicated exclusively to water tech startups

 

30
startups
9
countries
25%
of non-Singapore startups now piloting in Singapore through IH2O Asia
Secured customers in
7
new countries in Asia within 12 months
35
regional end-users as Ecosystem Partners
S$400k
in pilot funding and other awards deployed (Cohort 1 and 2)

Our supporters

Imagine H2O Asia is supported by global and Singapore-based organizations that seek to connect water innovation with the people in the region who need it most.
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Indra

Indra

Wastewater Treatment & Reuse

Easy-to-install, modular and IoT-enabled decentralised electrical treatment systems for domestic sewage and industrial effluents with up to 99% recovery for non-potable reuse with 40% less footprint than competing systems.

Cohort

3

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Asia

TracWater

TracWater

Water Quality (Real-Time Testing & Monitoring)

Self-powered, weatherproof real-time water quality robots for physical and chemical water quality measurements with hassle-free installation and maintenance currently covering a network of 3,500 km.

Cohort

3

Programs participated

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Cleanedge Water

Cleanedge Water

Wastewater Treatment & Reuse (Water Recovery)

Energy-efficient, high water recovery evaporation technology that utilises a single-step mechanical vapour compression system for high salinity and high organic wastewater treatment at a relatively lower footprint than alternative thermal systems.

Cohort

3

Programs participated

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DigitalPaani

DigitalPaani

Wastewater Treatment & Reuse

Operational intelligence and workflow management platform for sewage and effluent treatment plant operators that empower on-site teams to monitor performance and maintenance as well as reduce costs and potential downtime.

Cohort

3, IV

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Asia, Urban Water Challenge

EF Polymer

EF Polymer

Agriculture

Biodegradable polymer using fruit waste with water absorption capacity of up to 150 times its weight allowing for slow release to maintain soil moisture while doubling as a natural fertiliser.

Cohort

3

Programs participated

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Evove

Evove

Water & Wastewater Treatment

Graphene oxide coatings for polymeric and ceramic membranes which mitigate the effects of fouling, radically reducing chemical consumption, extending membrane life, and demonstrating potential savings of 60% in overall plant energy costs.

Cohort

3

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Asia

Hydroleap

Hydroleap

Wastewater Treatment & Reuse

Electrochemical and electrocoagulation wastewater treatment which is chemical-free and incorporates smart automation to actively mitigate passivation and corrosion with 70% lower energy consumption.

Cohort

3

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Asia

Hydroquo+

Hydroquo+

Water Quality (Real-Time Testing & Monitoring)

High-frequency, continuous water quality testing and analysis platform, integrating advanced monitoring hardware and an online dashboard designed and recently piloted in collaboration with utilities.

Cohort

3

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Asia

PureActive Water

PureActive Water

Drinking Water (Disinfection & AOP)

Long-lasting chemical-free disinfection system that produces less sub-products and efficiently generates oxidants at one-tenth the concentration compared to chlorine disinfection, eliminating biofilm and preventing recontamination.

 

Cohort

Cohort 3

Programs participated

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Typhon Treatment Systems

Typhon Treatment Systems

Drinking Water (Disinfection & AOP)

First-of-its-kind UV-LED reactor design for high-efficiency, low-maintenance and uninterrupted mercury-free disinfection at high flowrates for municipal treatment facilities.

Cohort

3

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Asia

WI.Plat

WI.Plat

Network & NRW Management (Software, Automation & Analytics)

Cost-effective, cloud-based leak detection platform for water distribution networks with proprietary IOT-enabled acoustic sensors and AI-powered decision making dashboard.

Cohort

3

Programs participated

Imagine H2O Asia

WEGoT Utility Solutions

WEGoT Utility Solutions

Water Efficiency & Conservation

Ultrasonic smart meter and online water management platform for buildings to track consumption and identify leaks, saving 3 billion litres of water to date across 40k homes and 40M sqft of commercial real estate.

Cohort

3

Programs participated

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Our regional impact

Active Projects in South and Southeast Asia
Our companies have an extensive reach throughout the region, with support from IH2O Asia in-country advisors in Philippines, Vietnam and more to source, identify and deploy with local companies.
Our Startups' Presence
Our portfolio spans across the globe. Startups from around the world are invited to apply for the Imagine H2O Asia program.

Case Study

Leela and Shailesh worked to identify illegal industrial discharge of heavy metals entering Singapore's sewage systems

Cohort

Imagine H2O Asia 2

Focus Area

Water Quality

Environsens and SpaceAge Labs found each other through Imagine H2O Asia’s inaugural cohort, during the program’s startup bootcamp. As fellow Singaporean companies, they saw a potential collaboration: a combined solution to tackle the industrial discharge of heavy metals in Singapore’s sewage systems.

While Environsens’ biosensor could effectively monitor toxicity levels, it was unable to aggregate and transmit that data across multiple assets. SpaceAge Labs offered a low-power, wireless communications and analytics platform that could enable Environsens and PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, to view data in real-time. By improving the efficiency of wastewater monitoring and surveillance, Environsens and SpaceAge Labs were able to save the utility both time and money. At the same time, they protected Singapore’s waterways from toxic industrial discharge. The companies have installed 175 joint systems across Singapore to date.

Every aspect of the Imagine H2O Asia program was well-designed and relevant for a water startup like ours. A highlight for us was the the opportunity to hear from industry veterans and alumni who understand the unique challenges of growing and operating a water business in the region.
Leela Sriramula Chief Business Officer, SpaceAge Labs

Case Study

Reducing non-revenue water in Philippines through data analytics and AI

Cohort

Urban Water Challenge I, Imagine H2O Asia 2

Focus Area

Water Efficiency & Conservation

South and Southeast Asian utilities are struggling to tackle water leaks, under-registering meters, unauthorized consumption, and other drivers of non-revenue water—all of which contribute to losses as high as 50% in some cities in the region. With climate change and growing population demands further threatening water supply, utilities are faced with increased pressures to improve water coverage while operating under tighter budgets and financial constraints. SmartTerra’s AI-powered analytics platform helps reduce utility losses and increase revenue with no additional capital investment required. Within the first three months, Imagine H2O Asia’s team helped SmartTerra secure its first project outside of India with a Philippines utility. The project’s first phase analyzed the operator’s 15,000 connections.

Imagine H2O Asia truly enables market access. Just weeks into the program, we got our first pilot. But they didn’t stop there. Imagine H2O Asia mobilized its staff and network of in-country advisors to support the project’s implementation. We have then been invited to present to their partners like ADB and the World Bank, apply for pilot funding and showcase at events like Singapore International Water Week. The team isn’t just running a great program—they have become our best partners.
Gokul Krishna Govindu CEO, Smartterra

Our Advisory Council

 

Cindy Ko
Toniic (US and Singapore)

Choon Jin Yeoh
Enterprise Singapore (Singapore)

Hugh Chapman
Aqua Analytics (Australia)

Irwan Dinata
Moya Holdings Asia Ltd (Indonesia)

Kunal Shah
Anaergia (Singapore)

Michael Froud
Pittwater Capital (Australia)

Michael Reed
Family Sustainability Solutions (Singapore) 

Michael Toh
Industry & Technology Collaboration, PUB (Singapore)

Narain Madhavan
Xylem Innovation Labs (India) 

Nicolas Bockhoff
SUEZ India (India)

Ng Wun Jern
Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

 

Mudasser Iqbal
Independent Consultant (Singapore)

Gabriel Gabor Kicsi
Water Technology Centre, SUEZ Singapore (Singapore)

Prashant Pundrik
Athena Cleantech (Singapore)

Puon Penn
Independent Consultant (USA)

Ramon Alikpala 
FutureWater Asia (Philippines) 

Rodney Chapin
Ardurra International (Vietnam)

Ronnie Lim
TechWater Solutions, Inc. (Philippines)

Steve Kloos
True North Venture Partners (USA)

Stuthi Vijayaraghavan
Urban Venture Labs (India)

Tuck Wai Lee
Upconverge (Singapore)

Xin Gao
Independent Consultant (Singapore) 

Our community of regional tech adopters

We sustain a growing network of industry and municipal leaders committed to testing and piloting our startups.
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What Our Alumni Say
Imagine H2O Asia has been invaluable in opening up Southeast Asian markets to us. Through its network of leading mentors, end users, and partners, we secured new projects and are now positioned for more success in the region. If you’re thinking about this region, IH2O Asia is an outstanding group to work with and we couldn’t have asked for more!
Patrick Kiely CEO, Sentry
What Our Alumni Say
Being a part of IH2O Asia has really allowed us to tell our story better, develop meaningful relationships with really high quality mentors and entrepreneurs in the space, and develop a global brand and presence. The whole experience has definitely been pivotal in our growth journey.
Mansi Jain CEO, DigitalPaani
What Our Alumni Say
The team at Imagine H2O Asia, together with its extended network of water sector experts and mentors, provided AquAffirm with invaluable support and assistance during the challenging phase of finalising product development and raising customer awareness and interest in its beachhead markets. Their links with major international organisations such as the World Bank helped forge support for pilot studies that significantly advanced AquAffirm’s commercialisation efforts.
David Sarphie CEO, AquAffirm