Your Future in Fresh Water Technology is Here

Water Innovators Wanted!

The Water Council offers programs to help students, researchers, entrepreneurs and professionals get to the next stage of development--from unproven ideas to commercial viability, from seed funding to visibility. The Water Tech Hub is your portal for all of our application-based competitions and challenges. It provides you a convenient hub for learning about and applying to open challenges to advance your freshwater technology. Then, through our global network of researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators and partners, we serve as the conduit between your idea and the marketplace.


TECH CHALLENGE: Sensors & Enabling Technologies for Leak Detection


The Water Council is managing a Tech Challenge seeking innovative solutions for seeking innovative solutions for detecting small water leaks in a pipe to identify opportunities for early intervention to repair or replace the pipe. Enabling technologies for detecting water quality parameters inline at a pipe without the need for grab samples, and operational aspects of using artificial intelligence/machine learning and IoT will also be considered.

Tech interests: Plumbing systems in residential, commercial or industrial facilities; Cooling water systems; Drinking water distribution; Wastewater collection; Water reuse distribution

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TECH CHALLENGE: Energy Harvesting from Water Networks


The Water Council is managing a Tech Challenge seeking innovative solutions for recovering energy from water networks, both small scale (in-home or building) and large scale (water distribution and collection systems). Supporting technologies that store energy are also of interest.

Tech interests: Extend battery life/Recharge batteries needed for data transmission in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI); Powering meters and sensors; Powering actuators for valves

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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
Lead Water Strategist
Argonne National Laboratory

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
Microbe Detectives, a BREW Graduate


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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

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

Teresa Esser

Managing Director, Silicon Pastures Angel Investment Network

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