The Water Council announces BREW 2.0 accelerator programme participants

The Water Council has introduced the 12 water technology start-up companies invited to participate in its BREW 2.0 late-stage water technology accelerator programme this February.

BREW 2.0, sponsored by the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact, will provide programme participants with access to resources designed to help them scale and grow.

“We are incredibly excited to work with The Water Council and BREW 2.0 to bring new solutions to the market to help manage water quality and quantity. We believe these water technology start-ups can also help with our mission to close equity gaps in America as the worst effects of climate change including water pollutants devastate at-risk communities throughout our country,” said John McIntyre, managing director of the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact Investment Fund.

From a field of 24 start-ups from the United States, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Belgium and India applying to the open competition last fall, The Water Council team collaborated with global experts and partners in the water industry to select the finalists.

“Through the interview process, we couldn’t be more pleased with not only the high interest in the programme but also the opportunity to meet so many well-qualified entrepreneurs ready to amplify their success,” said Karen Frost, vice president of economic development at The Water Council.

Invited BREW 2.0 companies represent a wide array of water technologies and solutions, ranging from unmanned IoT systems to unique membrane technologies, from water quality monitoring to nutrient capture, from filter media to water distribution management, and include the following:

  • Aqua Membranes offers spiral-wound water membrane solutions
  • BloomOptix offers unmanned aerial vehicles for high-resolution harmful algal bloom monitoring
  • Capta Hydro offers integrated hardware and software IoT solutions for water distribution management
  • Copperstone Technologies offers autonomous environmental monitoring robots for sampling, measurement and surveillance services
  • CORNCOB, Inc. offers industrial wastewater filtration technology
  • Divirod offers satellite water infrastructure and analytics technology
  • ecoSPEARS offers an eco-friendly solution that destroys organic pollutants
  • Glanris offers 100 percent green, ultra-low-cost water filtration media
  • Sentry provides a bio-electrode sensor technology that provides real-time microbial performance monitoring for water or wastewater treatment
  • Swirltex offers buoyancy-based membrane filtration systems
  • Varuna provides sensors and cloud-based software for real-time monitoring and insights for water distribution networks
  • Water Warriors offers a water treatment solution for phosphorus runoff

Kicking off in early February, the virtual programme includes targeted training and introductions within the water industry. Frost noted, “We have a rich water ecosystem to tap into, so it’s valuable to have experts from our member companies and Wisconsin leading some programme elements as well as help unlock networks to accelerate their market adoption success.”

Water industry professionals and investors interested in learning more about these innovative water technology entrepreneurs’ solutions are invited to attend a virtual Demo Day event on Tuesday, Feb. 23 beginning at 9:30 a.m. CST.