Water Summit 2014 was a great success, thanks in part to our wonderful Membership, World-Class Speaker line-up, amazing Volunteers and Water Council Staff, and attendees from across the United States, and world. Even though the Summit is long-since over, the connections fostered over those two days will most certainly lead to new partnerships, collaborations and new ventures that will hopefully be highlighted in future summits.
As The Water Council welcomed hundreds of water professionals to Water Summit 2014 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Downtown Milwaukee, it was hard not to take notice, as represented by the press coverage over the last few days. Several exciting announcements were coordinated in conjunction with the Summit, and we are elated to finally be able to share these with attendees, our membership and the public at large.
Watertech of America enters business partnership with Badger Meter: On day 1 of the Summit, Water Council members Badger Meter and Watertech of America announced they have entered into a partnership that will see Watertech promote Badger Meter’s flow instrumentation products. Rich Meeusen, President & CEO, Badger Meter, had this to say, “This channel partner agreement is significant…because it demonstrates the power of Water Council companies working together and supporting one another.”
Water Council to add water stewardship role: Also announced on day 1 was the new role The Water Council will take on as the North American office of the Alliance for Water Stewardship. Lisa Downes, North American Coordinator, Alliance for Water Stewardship/The Nature Conservancy, will join The Water Council staff, and will recruit companies in North America to adopt the voluntary standard.
The BREW Batch II winners announced: One of the most anticipated announcements of the Summit was the announcement of Batch II of our BREW accelerator, housed in the Global Water Center. WI Governor Scott Walker was on hand to graduate Batch I winners, and announce and recognize Batch II winners, who will begin the accelerator program later this year. The Winners: phinding Solutions, Wellntel, Pellucid Water, Cadens, Water Hub, and Hydrolight. Due to intense competition, three runners-up were also recognized, they were, Ijinus, Chemtronix, and DSA Technologies.
Below are links to additional coverage on Water Summit 2014, and several of the announcements made public during the two day conference.
Milwaukee must prepare itself to be a water city – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
2014 Water Summit has everyone rethinking water – Milwaukee Business Journal
Water Council’s new stewardship role expected to attract talent – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
New “batch” of water center incubator startups unveiled – Milwaukee Business Journal
Top experts call for new water management policies – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel