Pipeline in on a mission to improve water quality and access, and improve water infrastructure by enabling innovators to build ideas, interface with industry experts, and deploy solutions with government leaders. As an active partner in the Regional Smart Cities Initiative, Smart Cincy and Pipeline leaders share similar visions about how we can use technology as a tool to create better places to live, work, and visit by optimizing or replacing outdated systems and infrastructure. Water, of course, is especially critical.
Discover new details about the 2018 cohort, and learn about the problems they intend to solve in the press release that was just issued with the announcements:
HAMILTON, Ohio, Jan. 11, 2018 -- Pipeline H2O, the award-winning water technology commercialization program managed by The Hamilton Mill is pleased to announce the 2018 Pipeline H2O Class of companies.
Supported by a coalition of regional cities, utilities, universities, and startup organizations throughout the Greater Cincinnati region, Pipeline H2O's goal is to identify and accelerate companies working on water technologies that address the world's water challenges. Some of the challenges include infrastructure improvements, water reuse, wastewater treatment, monitoring and consumer innovations.
The call for applications for the 2018 class was initiated in September 2017 and ran through November 2017. 80 applications were received from across 6 continents representing 20 different countries. A listing of applications by continent is as follows:
- Africa - 8
- Asia - 8
- Australia - 2
- Europe - 9
- North America - 52
- South America - 1
Pipeline H2O's application review process included multiple rounds of evaluations to select the class of 7 companies. The evaluations were conducted by a diverse committee comprised of a cross-section of water experts (Greater Cincinnati Water Works, The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, City of Hamilton Water, Confluence, Butler County Groundwater Consortium, U.S. EPA, University of Cincinnati) and entrepreneurial leaders (Hamilton Mill, Cintrifuse, Queen City Angels).
"We are thrilled with the quality and quantity of the applicants for this year's Pipeline H2O class. The high quality of the applications made it very difficult to select the members," said Rahul Bawa, Chairman of Pipeline H2O and The Hamilton Mill. "The Greater Cincinnati region has some of the best water resources and municipal water in the nation and we are looking forward to making a substantial impact for each of these companies to find customers and generate revenue."
The Pipeline H2O program will run from February through May 2018 and will introduce the selected startups to various value-add resources throughout the region. Pipeline H2O 2018 will culminate with a Demo Day on May 24, 2018, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Additionally, Antony Seppi, Pipeline H2O's Program Director added, "We can't wait to begin working with these startups and introducing them to the value-add resources throughout the Greater Cincinnati region. These assets include water-tech expertise and a great entrepreneurial ecosystem within #StartupCincy. If you have a water challenge or want to get involved with Pipeline H20 give us a call."
The 2018 class of Pipeline H2O includes the following companies (in alphabetical order):
Cerahelix - ceramic pico filtration products used for high purity filtration.
Drop Water - an innovative way to make and distribute bottled water that was designed from the ground up to be as efficient and sustainable as possible.
Folia Water - creating a new $1B+ category: fast moving consumer goods water filters for the 3 billion people who make $2 - $10/day.
GeoInteractive - deep tech company automating the job of critical sewer inspections.
Micronic Technologies - MicroEVAP™ uniquely separates contaminants from water using mechanical evaporation, vapor compression, and condensation with increased throughput at reduced complexity and cost.
Water Warriors - first no-expansion-needed solution for water treatment plants fighting the losing battle of removing nitrogen and phosphorus from water.
WINT-WI - water IoT metering & data analytics solution for Commercial Real Estate and Utilities.
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