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WATER TECH HUB POWERED BY THE WATER COUNCIL

The Water Council (TWC), a world-class organization driving economic, technology and talent development to support the global water industry, has been curating ideas through a variety of global freshwater challenges for five years. Water Tech Hub is a one-stop portal for all application-based TWC competitions and challenges. It provides a convenient, centralized location for companies and individuals interested in participating in a challenge and contributing to the advancement of freshwater technology. Then, through its global network of researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators and partners, TWC serves as the conduit between those with new ideas and the companies seeking new solutions. Apply today for current opportunities to get involved, to vet an idea, to start a company and to make a difference.

CURRENT CHALLENGES

Global Challenge - Israel: bacteria detection

Accepting applications through June 18

This challenge is facilitated by the Global Water Tech Hub Alliance, which fosters international collaboration between regional hubs of water technology innovation. Our partner, the National Water Company of Israel, Mekorot, is seeking innovative methods for rapid identification of indicator bacteria in the field, in the laboratory, and continuously in the water supply system.

Tech interests: lab tests, field kits and automatic detection. A pilot project in the central Mekorot laboratory will be carried out with successful applicants to this challenge.

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Global Challenge - China: wastewater pretreatment

Accepting applications through June 18

This challenge is facilitated by the Global Water Tech Alliance, which fosters international collaboration between regional hubs of water technology innovation. Wastewater from desulfurization process in coal-fired power plants needs pretreatment to reduce hardness. current methods use a high amount of chemicals, with a high price and environmental footprint. Our partner in the Jiangsu province of China is seeking proven solutions from anywhere in the world.

Tech interests: innovative softening technology to pretreat wastewater and remove calcium hardness, in particular. There are imminent and direct market and pilot opportunities for successful applicants to this challenge.

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Tech Challenge: Biological & DBP Sensors

2019 Application Process - Closed

The Tech Challenge is an even playing field for anyone with a smart, new freshwater technology idea to vet their concept with expert industry professionals and compete for an opportunity to turn that idea into a viable business. Challenge finalists will vie for prize money, access to corporate R&D resources and the opportunity to partner on the development, marketing, licensing or sale of the winning technology or idea.

Tech interests: sensors for detecting microbiological organisms or disinfection byproducts (DBP); presence of illicit discharges to storm and sanitary sewers; presence of pathogens in water distribution systems, wastewater effluent and biosolids; industrial process control

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Tech Challenge: Sensors for Heavy Metals & Chemicals

2019 Application Process - Closed

The Tech Challenge is an even playing field for anyone with a smart, new freshwater technology idea to vet their concept with expert industry professionals and compete for an opportunity to turn that idea into a viable business. Challenge finalists will vie for prize money, access to corporate R&D resources and the opportunity to partner on the development, marketing, licensing or sale of the winning technology or idea.

Tech interests: sensors for detecting heavy metals (such as lead) and industrial chemicals (such as PFOA and PFAS) in water and wastewater

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We would not have found this specific technology company without the help of The Water Council.

Bob Heideman
SVP Corporate Technology
A. O. Smith

The Water Council has created a really unique platform to accelerate water technology commercialization.

Dr. Junhong Chen
Program Director Engineering Research Centers Program
U.S. National Science Foundation

We really are a close community and are supportive of one another. The Water Council has been very helpful in our brand development efforts.

John Tillotson
CEO
Microbe Detectives, a BREW Graduate

Partners

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TEAM

Barry Liner

Technical Advisor, The Water Council

Bill Dougan

Entrepreneurship Professor, UW-Whitewater

Dennis Webb

CEO, Sage Water

Ed Javier

Entrepreneurship Program Director, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Jen Nowlin

Principal, Accredent

John Tillotson

CEO, Microbe Detectives

Karen Frost

VP Economic Development, The Water Council

Marcia R. Silva, Ph.D.

Assoc. Scientist and Director, UW-Milwaukee Water Technology Accelerator

Noah Sabich

Managing Director, Cimbria Capital

Steve Glynn

Director of Innovation, The Water Council

Teresa Esser

Managing Director, Silicon Pastures Angel Investment Network

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