Imagine H2O and Milwaukee Water Council Join Forces to Foster Water Entrepreneurship

Imagine H2O, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco that helps entrepreneurs to turn water challenges into business opportunities, and the Milwaukee Water Council, a leadership group that aims to make Milwaukee the World Water Hub for water research, economic development, and education, have signed an Memorandum of Understanding to provide entrepreneurs with tools and resources to build great water businesses.

The Milwaukee Water Council’s partnership with Imagine H2O, which runs a global business plan competition and accelerator program for promising early-stage water innovations, will further extend the Council’s efforts to promote the region’s unique economic opportunity via Imagine H2O’s network of entrepreneurs and startups.

Specifically, the agreement facilitates an opportunity for local entrepreneurs looking to validate their business plans through the Imagine H2O process.  The Prize attracts attention amongst investors; half of last year’s Imagine H2O prize finalists received term sheets from investors.  Imagine H2O, building on the success of it’s previous collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Whitewater College of Business and Economics, will continue to support workshops on water entrepreneurship in the Milwaukee area.

“Milwaukee is already home to more than 150 established water technology companies but we realize that our future growth will be with helping the development of our start-up businesses,” said Dean Amhaus, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Water Council.  “Partnering with Imagine H2O lends great momentum to our efforts to advance the region’s emerging water entrepreneurs.” 

“The combination of Milwaukee’s leading academic resources and private sector support are contributing to the region’s efforts to build a globally recognized water hub” said Scott Bryan, Imagine H2O’s chief operating officer. “We’re excited to be working with the Milwaukee Water Council to support local entrepreneurs by facilitating access to our global network of water startups and sharing best practices.”

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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 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 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. The Water Council is located in the Global Water Center at 247 W. Freshwater Way, Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI 53204.
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