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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. 



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. 

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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

Imagine H2O Asia

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

Imagine H2O Asia

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

Imagine H2O Asia

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

Imagine H2O Asia

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

Imagine H2O Asia



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 Toh
Industry & Technology Collaboration, PUB (Singapore)

Nicolas Bockhoff
SUEZ India (India)

Mudasser Iqbal
Independent Consultant (Singapore)

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

 

Ng Wun Jern
Nanyang Technological University (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