MILWAUKEE, WI, June 24, 2015 – The Water Council and Guest of Honor Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced today the Batch 3 winners of The BREW accelerator program during a special ceremony at the 8th annual Water Summit in Milwaukee. The second round of The BREW entrepreneurs, known as Batch 2, also graduated during the ceremony.
With its debut in 2013, the BREW (Business Research Entrepreneurship in Wisconsin) is the world’s first place-based seed accelerator focused on solving global freshwater challenges with innovative startups producing cutting-edge technology. The BREW was created by The Water Council and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), a demonstration of Wisconsin’s reputation as a global epicenter for water-related research and industry and international model for public/private partnerships.
This year, chosen startups with commercialization potential receive up to $50,000 in investments, subsidized space in the Global Water Center, training through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Institute for Water Business, mentorship from dozens of area water technology experts, and much more!
After a comprehensive application and judging process, six entrepreneurs and their respective businesses were chosen to participate in the third year of the accelerator program, they are:
Iconac brings the benefits of advanced non-invasive pipe inspection to every city by offering a low cost, easy to use mobile condition assessment tool. They use the latest in multi-physics and acoustic modeling for efficient, pro-active water asset management.
IX Power provides innovative technologies through their OrganiClear treatment by cleaning produced water from the oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, and construction industries.
Optiktechnik makes optical sensors and instrumentation for characterization of particulate systems. The company’s patent-pending laser scanning and image analysis technology enables more accurate monitoring and control of key particle processes in water and wastewater treatment.
OxyMem can achieve incredibly high oxygen transfer rates (up to 95%) resulting in superior energy performance, lower sludge production, using less operator hours. They solve intensive wastewater treatment with the Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR).
Radom has instrumentation with Inductively Coupled Plasma to promote continuous, routine, challenging and in-situ measurements of toxic trace metals in water, waste water, industrial processes, and food and drugs.
Solar Water Works provides solar water treatment systems which use a photo-catalyst to accelerate natural water purification processes, eliminating the need for chemicals or external power which cuts operating cost.
Accordingly, three Honorable Mentions have been recognized as well:
The BREW’s goal is to unleash unique water technology start-ups, expand Milwaukee’s global water hub, and create new opportunities in the global water industry. The BREW is moving Wisconsin Forward by brewing up water technology start-ups working to address world-wide water issues.
About The Water Council
The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, was established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. With more than 150 water technology companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for four percent of the world’s total water business. The non-profit organization, consisting of more than 170 members, is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic water professionals. The Water Council is capturing the attention of the world and transforming the Milwaukee region into a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and education. For more information, visit www.thewatercouncil.com or contact us by phone at 414.988.8750.
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