Pipeline H2O announced it is now accepting applications for the 2018 class. Supported by a coalition of regional cities, utilities, universities, and startup organizations, Pipeline H2O is looking for companies working on water technologies that solve various aspects of the world’s water issues such as infrastructure improvements, water reuse, wastewater treatment and monitoring.
Pipeline H2O’s mission is to identify and commercialize the world’s leading water-based startup technologies in the world. Pipeline H2O is managed by The Hamilton Mill, a small business incubator located in Hamilton, Ohio that focuses on clean energy and advanced manufacturing technologies. The Hamilton Mill has a unique “City as a Lab” approach which enables companies to quickly engage with municipal departments to prototype and test their products.
Pipeline H2O completed its first class in May 2017. Several of the 2017 Pipeline H2O class members continue to work in the region to address water-related challenges faced by local businesses and public entities.
“Southwest Ohio has some of the best water resources and municipal water in the nation,” said Rahul Bawa, Chairman of both The Hamilton Mill and Pipeline H2O. “Our inaugural class in 2017 was a great success and we are excited about selecting the next group of companies which are commercializing the leading water-based technologies in the world. We will help each of the selected companies scale and use our ‘City as a Lab’ approach to quickly find customers and generate revenue.”
Pipeline H2O was launched as part of the Village Capital community network dedicated to innovation. Village Capital operates business development programs for early-stage entrepreneurs in agriculture, education, energy, financial inclusion, health and water. Supported by Steve Case, Chairman and CEO of Revolution Growth, Village Capital creates the space for entrepreneurs to work together across the boundaries of their organizations – lifting one another’s performance.
“Greater Cincinnati has one of the best municipal water works in the country,” said Ross Baird, Village Capital CEO. “We are excited about the continued growth of Pipeline H2O within the region’s strong startup ecosystem.”
Greater Cincinnati has a long history of innovation around water technology. The region was one of the first municipally-owned water systems in the country and is currently home to one of five EPA offices in the U.S.
“This is a prime example of the City of Cincinnati leveraging its resources for the betterment of the region,” said John Cranley, Mayor of Cincinnati. “Given the strength of the first class, we expect to continue to see great things from the Pipeline H2O program.”
The water-tech commercialization program was brought to Cincinnati through a partnership between several different organizations: Village Capital, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati Water Works, the University of Cincinnati’s water center, Xavier University’s Center for Innovation, Confluence, the City of Cincinnati, the City of Hamilton, Cintrifuse and The Hamilton Mill.
Applications are open until Nov. 19, 2017 and Pipeline H2O hopes to attract 8-10 startups for the 2018 class. There will be a series of informational webinars during September and October and the class will run from February through May 2018. For more information about Pipeline H2O and to apply, visit www.pipelineh2o.org or contact Antony Seppi, Pipeline’s Program Director at email@example.com.