“Pow! emPowering Opportunities in Water” launched by Veolia, The Water Council and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to encourage water entrepreneurs
A national competition was launched yesterday to reward new ideas and approaches for improving sustainability and resiliency efforts in the water and clean tech industries. Sponsored by Veolia, The Water Council and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the new program is called “Pow! emPowering Opportunities in Water” and offers cash prizes, mentoring opportunities, funding for tuition/training expenses and offices for one year.
The “Pow!” program offers a unique opportunity for innovators and social entrepreneurs to fast-track their water-related ideas while connecting them to water industry influences and experts who can directly support their company’s services, products or ideas.
Up to three winners who address one of four challenges will be chosen to enter the program. The four areas include: smart-data technologies, resilience and sustainable water management, watershed management, and disruptive water innovation.
“From financial rewards to true collaboration with experts and universities, ‘Pow!’ represents an opportunity to make a difference and contribute to global improvements in how we manage water,” explained Laurent Auguste, Veolia’s Senior Executive Vice President Innovation and Markets. “We’re looking for entrepreneurs and innovators who embrace the energy and ideas behind such a vision and opportunity.”
To attract ideas, a variety of prizes and support are being offered to each winner including:
“The partnership between The Water Council and Veolia demonstrates the global impact Wisconsin’s technology innovations are having within the industry,” said Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Deputy Secretary Tricia Braun. “We are pleased to work with Veolia on this exciting program designed to bring new water solutions to life within Wisconsin’s Global Water Center.”
Applying entrepreneurs, innovators and companies must have a water-related innovation that can serve as the basis for a viable new business. Participants will need to relocate key staff to the Global Water Center in Milwaukee during the program’s one-year duration.
Pow! is the first corporate water technology accelerator part of The Water Council’s BREW Corporate, an expansion to the existing BREW accelerator program.
“The Milwaukee region is cultivating some truly impressive talent with technologies focused on water quality and quantity. Our partnership with Veolia and the POW! program is testament to the global market these entrepreneurs are capable of entering,” said Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of The Water Council.
Entrants can submit their online entry through November 15, 2015. There is no fee to enter the competition. A judging panel will select up to three startups, with winners being announced in December 2015.
Once winners are selected, a mentoring group will be established to provide collaboration and support. Selected startups will begin the program in January 2016 and be hosted by Veolia at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee.
For official rules and to learn more about the 2015 “Pow! emPowering Opportunities in Water!” Program, visit www.veolianorthamerica.com/pow.