Wisconsin Water Technology Program Accepts Applications

The application process is open from March 4 at 8 a.m. CST through April 4 at 11:59 p.m. CST

The Brew, a first-of-its-kind accelerator for water technology startups led by The Water Council, is launching round II of the program. The application process opens March 4 at 8 a.m. CST and accepts applications through April 4 at 11:59 p.m. CST.  Up to six winners will be selected by June 16, 2014, to participate in round II beginning in September.

The Water Council and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) created the Brew as a demonstration of Milwaukee and Wisconsin’s reputation as a global center of excellence for water-related research and industry. The Brew accelerator program debuted in 2013 and is managed by The Water Council. The goal of The Brew to unleash unique water technology startups, expand Milwaukee’s Global Water Hub by accelerating results and inspire action to create further opportunity in the water industry.

Funding is provided in part by WEDC in $50,000 investments for up to six water technology startups with commercialization potential, and matched by industry representatives and The Water Council. During the six-month accelerator program, winning entrepreneurs receive:

  • A suite in the Global Water Center
  • Business model and operations training through The Water Council and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Institute for Water Business
  • Access to faculty and students from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School for Freshwater Sciences
  • Access to the Global Water Center’s flow lab
  • Mentorship from dozens of area water technology experts
  • Attendance to conferences and pitch sessions with The Water Council
  • Access to investment capital funding sources and the Water Technology Network

The Water Council and a separate panel of global expert judges rank entries using multiple criteria, including commercialization potential, compatibility with existing companies, and long-term interest in growing in Milwaukee. Grants will fund startup costs, including lab supplies, research and product development expenses, and professional services.

Participants in Round I have each extended their lease for another six months and graduate at the Water Summit on June 19, 2014. Inaugural graduates include: H2Oscore, Microbe Detectives, New Works, Noah Technologies and Vegetal Innovation & Development.

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