World’s Foremost Freshwater Seed Accelerator

2020 Application Process


The Water Council’s BREW Accelerator is the world’s foremost water-focused early stage business accelerator. The BREW connects startups with resources, stimulates water-related innovation, and brings new, game-changing technologies to market in pursuit of real-world solutions to global water challenges. Entering its seventh year, startups from around the world compete for selection into the BREW Accelerator program.


Companies selected to participate in BREW will receive the following:

  • Three-month business accelerator coaching and curriculum program in Milwaukee
  • Seed funding in the form of a convertible note
  • Introductions to the Water Council’s mentor, investment, and water leadership networks
  • Low-cost office space in the Global Water Center in Milwaukee
  • Access to university R&D resources
  • Media exposure and communications boost
  • Connection to the BREW alumni network
  • Membership to the Global Accelerator Network
  • Complimentary one-year membership with The Water Council, including networking event discounts, profile in online global directory, talent pipeline, and more

At the end of the program, BREW participants will showcase and celebrate their work at Demo Day, which is attended by The Water Council’s community, corporate, and investment partners.


For the next BREW cohort, which will begin in April 2020, we are looking for early-stage companies solving problems in the following areas:

  • Agriculture runoff – Wisconsin is one of the nation’s leading agricultural states with more than $5.5 billion in farm product sales per year. We’re looking for technologies to reduce, prevent, or control polluted run-off and improve water quality in lakes, rivers, wetlands, and underground sources of drinking water from farming (pesticides, irrigation, animal feeding, sedimentation, nutrients).
  • Emerging water tech – Milwaukee is a hub for makers, entrepreneurs, inventors, dreamers and creatives of all kinds. We are also home to a world-leading wastewater utility as well as the National Science Foundation Water Equipment & Policy Center. We’re looking for technologies that improve the quality, transportation or quantity of water in any part of the world



  • September 23, 2019
  • November 3, 2019
  • April 2020

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