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Strategic Priorities

Imagine H2O Asia will provide the resources, insight and visibility to help entrepreneurs launch and scale water technology startups in Singapore and across the wider region. The program is open to Singapore-based and international entrepreneurs.

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Provide market insights and industry expertise for startup growth and commercialization across the region

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Bridge startups with global customers and investors for validation and deployment opportunities

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Advance Singapore's vision for a global hydrohub by creating a platform for the next generation of water entrepreneurs


Program Benefits

A cohort of up to six promising water startups from Singapore and around the world will benefit from a year-long virtual and in-country program featuring accelerator services, cash awards as well as a dedicated network for Southeast Asia customer and investor access.

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Water Innovation Week Singapore

Virtual & In-Person Mentorship Program

Virtual Training Sessions

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Demo Day


Other Imagine H2O Industry Events

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S$25k Deployment Award for 1 Startup

Capacity Development Awards & Travel Support

S$50k StartupSG Awards for 4 Startups

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Virtual Pitch Sessions to Beta Partners

Virtual Pitch Sessions to Investor Network

Direct Introductions throughout Year



Imagine H2O Asia Advisory Council

The program’s design and development is supported by a select group of industry executives, market experts and investors:

Steve Kloos (Partner, True North Venture Partners)

Rodney Chapin (CEO, Ardurra International)

Geoffrey Yeo (Director, Urban Solutions, Enterprise Singapore)

Nick Dyner (CEO, Moleaer)

Prashant Pundrik (Director, Athena Cleantech Pte. Ltd)

Kunal Shah (VP, Global Market Development, Anaergia)

Michael Froud (Managing Director, Resonance Fund)

Li Phin Tam-Lim (Director, EWTCOI)

Irwan Dinata (Managing Director, Moya Holdings Asia Limited)

*A full list of advisors will be announced in May 2019



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In 2018, Imagine H2O Asia featured as a dedicated track within the Urban Water Challenge. Three startups were selected from a field of 100+ to be showcased at Singapore Week of Innovation & Technology (SWITCH). Activities included high-profile pitch sessions, in-country one-on-one customer and investor meetings, and a dialogue session with key stakeholders from industry and academia to explore the barriers to commercialization of water startups in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Drinkwell was awarded 4th place at Slingshot@SWITCH out of a total of 1,000+ applicants. All three companies participated in the qualifying round and two were recognized in the top 30.

This initial engagement informed the design of Imagine H2O Asia’s full-scale accelerator which will launch its inaugural program in 2019.


2018 Imagine H2O Asia Participants


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.


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


Watchtower Robotics (Cambridge, MA) provides an untethered robot for high-accuracy leak detection in water distribution pipes. An analytics platform informs operators of the location and size of the leak as well as the likelihood of failure.




Partner Competition

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Imagine H2O Asia 2019 companies will all be showcased at Singapore Week of Innovation & Technology (SWITCH). 4 finalists within the cohort will be eligible to receive a S$50k StartupSG Award while 3 finalists will also be fast-tracked to the qualifying round of Slingshot@SWITCH, a competition powered by StartupSG and funded by Enterprise Singapore. Other Imagine H2O Asia companies will be supported to apply to the competition.


Contact to learn more about the 2019 Imagine H2O Asia Accelerator



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