Imagine H2O Asia is a dedicated track within the Urban Drinking Water Challenge 2018, a global innovation competition to identify and deploy decentralized drinking water solutions for fast-growing, water-scarce cities globally.

In partnership with Enterprise Singapore, Imagine H2O has recognized three Asia Track Finalists providing innovative solutions to Southeast Asia's drinking water challenges. Finalists benefited from funding support, Singapore-based customer and investor introductions as well as visibility at Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology (SWITCH) from September 17-20, 2018.  

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2018 Imagine H2O Asia Track Finalists

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Drinkwell (Dhaka, Bangladesh) enables utilities to provide safe drinking water to underserved urban communities via turnkey Water ATM solutions that combine a patented filtration technology, IOT-enabled operations and pay-as-you-go cards. 

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Drinkwell was awarded 4th place at Slingshot@SWITCH out of a total of 1,000+ applicants


Watchtower Robotics (Cambridge, MA) provides an untethered robotic tool for high-accuracy and early leak detection in water distribution pipes. A cloud based analytics platform informs operators of the location and size of the leak as well as the likelihood of catastrophic failure.  

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Watchtower Robotics was selected to advance to the Final Round at Slingshot@SWITCH, among the top 30 companies overall


THE.WAVE.TALK (Seoul, South Korea) deploys a novel laser technology to detect bacterial contamination in real-time of entire industrial water production systems. This replaces standard methods of detection which take days and rely on sampling a subset of the total water volume. 



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The three Finalists were fast-tracked to the qualifying round of Slingshot@SWITCH, competing for grand prizes among 80 top startups from around the world. In addition, Finalists benefited from customer, investor and partner introductions to unlock deployment opportunities in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

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Stay tuned for more updates on the Imagine H2O Asia Program