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We equip you with everything you need to transform your water startup into a successful business.

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Why apply?

We develop and sustain a global ecosystem that equips you with the partners, resources, and insights that power your success.

It’s never been more urgent to adopt new technologies that can solve our most pressing water challenges. However, we know that water entrepreneurs face unique challenges and opportunities that can make the sector difficult to navigate. That’s why Imagine H2O’s programs offer tailored resources specifically designed for our sector—without taking any equity. The result: an accelerated path to market for entrepreneurs, validated solutions for investors and end users, and new possibilities for businesses and communities. 

We’re your go-to partners for identifying, developing, piloting, and scaling solutions.

Over the last decade, we’ve built trusted relationships in every niche of the water sector. Each key player has seen our work in action, and they recognize the benefits we create for the entire industry.

We cultivate powerful networks in water.

From high-level strategy to the details of implementation, we put our decade of expertise to work throughout the life cycle of your startup and beyond, as your career in water evolves.

Our “stamp of approval” opens critical doors.

We’ve earned our reputation as trusted, savvy water leaders. Once you’re in our circle, we’ll champion your ideas to the investors, mentors, and partners of your dreams—and they’ll listen.

Eligibility

Find the right program for your startup

Imagine H2O Accelerator

Criteria

  • Less than 7 years in operation
  • Less than $5M in revenue
  • Less than $10M of equity investment

Global entrepreneurs

The program is open to global applicants. However, if a startup is based in or focused on deploying in the Asia-Pacific, we encourage you to explore our IH2O Asia program.

Imagine H2O Asia

Criteria

  • Less than 10 years in operation
  • Less than $5M in revenue
  • Less than $10M of equity investment

Global entrepreneurs: The program is open to global applicants that can demonstrate a commitment to building their business in the Asia-Pacific. 

Regional/Singapore-based entrepreneurs: The program is open to earlier-stage applicants from Singapore or the wider region.

Market ready solutions that address Asia’s water challenges: While successful applicants may be new to the Asia-Pacific, they must demonstrate a commitment to testing and deploying their solution in the region.

Urban Water Challenge

Criteria

  • Pilot Ready. Startup should be able to make significant progress towards accomplishing pilot project within 12 months

Global entrepreneurs: The program is open to global applicants.

Cities-focused: The pilot should be focused on making cities healthy, efficient, equitable, and resilient. 


Our Programs

Our programs support you through each stage of your startup’s development

From idea to execution, we build your solutions with you. Wherever you are in your journey, we can help you reach your goals. 

Imagine H2O Accelerator

The Imagine H2O Accelerator equips early-stage water entrepreneurs with the resources they need to develop their solutions, commercialize their technologies, and enter new markets.

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Imagine H2O Asia

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

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Urban Water Challenge

The Urban Water Challenge provides comprehensive support for entrepreneurs who are ready to launch and scale solutions that will transform the future of water in coastal cities.

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Our Track Record

What we’ve accomplished together

$800M+
funding raised by our startups
85%
startup survival rate
166
startups
0%
equity taken
81
tech adopters
143
industry experts and advisors in our network
Aqua Membranes 3D printed membranes

Where we work

Our startups span the globe
Across our three programs, we have supported startups from all over the world
Our Alumni

Meet the world’s leading water innovators

Our entrepreneurs are transforming the future of water, one solution at a time.

Our portfolio

Environsens

Environsens

IoT enabled real-time water toxicity sensor

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Cohort

IH2O Asia 2019

MicroHAOPs, Inc.

MicroHAOPs, Inc.

Filtration system that removes phosphorous from sewage

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Cohort

IH2O Asia 2019

Blue Tap

Blue Tap

Easy-to-install, low-cost, self-powered chlorine doser that ensures clean drinking water supply in developing countries

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Cohort

Accelerator 2021

Aquarius Spectrum

Aquarius Spectrum

Water pipe monitoring & leak detection

Cohort

Accelerator 2015


Case Study

Jamail and Seyi are working to ensure that every American has access to clean water

Cohort

Imagine H2O Accelerator 2020, Urban Water Challenge III

Focus Area

Water Quality

Varuna joined Imagine H2O with an early product and a clear mission: to provide uncontaminated water to 1B people. Their research found that small- and medium-sized water utilities lacked visibility on quality beyond their plant, creating water quality issues for their customers.

Jamail and Seyi created affordable sensors with an intuitive dashboard for reporting unsafe changes in chlorine levels and turbidity. They leveraged the Imagine H2O Accelerator and Urban Water Challenge to close their $2.6M seed round, gain new customers in the Great Lakes and Gulf Coast regions, and receive a grant from Google’s Black Founders Fund.

Varuna is further empowering underserved communities by piloting their utility water quality monitoring system in predominantly African-American areas of Trenton, NJ and Monroe, LA. Their next move is to train at least one technician from within these communities to manage and maintain the monitoring units, gain technical skills, and advance their careers.

Imagine H2O has been invaluable to Varuna by providing sage advice and connecting us to early customers and investors. The Imagine H2O team is committed to its portfolio companies, and their programming is second to none.
Jamail Carter CRO & Co-Founder, Varuna
What Our Alumni Say
Imagine H2O is far and away the most impactful team I’ve worked with in water. I cannot recommend them enough!
Erin Rothman CEO & Co-Founder, StormSensor
What Our Alumni Say
Having the Imagine H2O stamp of approval has been an invaluable asset for our company, giving us access to industry executives, thought leaders, and top-tier investors. In many ways, being an IH2O company gives you an unfair advantage in the water industry.
Aaron Tartakovsky CEO & Co-Founder, Epic Cleantec
What Our Alumni Say
Imagine H2O resulted in more useful introductions to customers, investors and potential partners than we were ever able to secure on our own.
Orianna Bretschger CEO, Aquacycl
What Our Alumni Say
As startups, we’re trying to build something 10x better than the status quo. And that’s exactly what Imagine H2O is—it’s 10x better than anything else you’ll spend your time on. An absolute must if you’re a water entrepreneur.
Greg Newbloom CEO & Founder, Membrion

Our Partners

Our tech adopters support new water solutions

We create and sustain networks of industry & municipal leaders that help startups succeed.

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