The Water Council & Members Win Wisconsin Innovation Awards

IMG_2947On the second day of Investments in Water Innovation Week, The Water Council attended the Wisconsin Innovation Awards (WIA) in Madison, WI as part of the Forward Technology Festival. The Water Council’s BREW accelerator program was nominated for its innovative approach to cluster development by incorporating the country’s only vertical accelerator solely dedicated to addressing global freshwater challenges.

The Wisconsin Innovation Awards, the first year presented, seek to celebrate and inspire innovation. The WIA highlights and honors the development of groundbreaking and innovative ideas. The awards hope to encourage an even greater environment of innovation by bringing innovators together from various business sectors throughout the State.

The Water Council is pleased to announce that The BREW accelerator was honored to take home one of 10 Wisconsin Innovation Awards at the ceremony. We are even more pleased that several of our Members took home awards as well! Congratulations to Microbe Detectives, Marquette University, and Discovery World for all being recognized with an inaugural Wisconsin Innovation Award!

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Wisconsin Innovation Awards Honors 10 Winners – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The BREW, which stands for Business. Research. Entrepreneurship. In Wisconsin., will launch Batch II of the freshwater accelerator winners this week during the Batch II Welcome Reception, where the new class of winners will officially be welcomed to Milwaukee’s Global Water Center. The Global Water Center is located in Milwaukee’s Historic Walker’s Point neighborhood, and is directly adjacent to Reed Street Yards, a future water technology business park currently under development. The evening will include brief remarks, and a check presentation to the six Winners of Batch II.

The Water Council and JPMorgan Chase and Co. announced Monday a partnership through Chase’s just launched Small Business Forward program, which is a five-year, $30 million grant program meant to boost small business support networks that help growing enterprises in specific industries. Immediately following the press conference, attended by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, The Water Council and JPMorgan Chase and Co. hosted a brief panel discussion focused on the importance of investing in the emerging growth sector. Coverage can be found HERE.

Watch the full JPMorgan Chase and Co. Press Conference video coverage by WisconsinEYE, HERE.

Watch the full Advantages of Investing in Water Innovation Panel Discussion video coverage by WisconsinEYEHERE.

Next up for Investments in Water Innovation Week is the The BREW Batch II Welcome Reception, Wednesday evening, followed Thursday afternoon by an Informational Meeting hosted by WEDC to discuss opportunities for how Wisconsin water technology companies can engage with The Water Council and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation during the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and  Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans. The Wisconsin Innovation Pavilion (Booth 4045) will be located just outside of the official WEFTEC Innovation Pavilion. More information can be found HERE.

Watch for additional coverage later this week, including photos and event recap of Investments of Water Innovation Week.

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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