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Water Data Challenge: fostering innovation to address water resource challenges


Imagine H2O, a US start-up accelerator devoted to innovation in water resource management, has launched the seventh edition of its Water Data Challenge, a call for projects that aims to develop new data-driven solutions for water management. The result? 90 entrants – start-ups from all over the world – and 10 finalists. Let’s take a closer look.

Credit: Unsplash – Zach Farmer

Water Data Challenge is the seventh accelerator program organised by Imagine H2O. It aims to develop innovative solutions for collecting and analysing water-focused data. With support from partners such as Wells Fargo, SUEZ, Tetra Tech, Morrison Foerster and California Water Foundation, this call for projects gives the 10 finalists the chance to bring their project to fruition with the help of expertise and mentoring from a number of public and private sector players. The winner will be revealed in San Francisco on 16 March, at the Watergala honouring all the finalists, and will enjoy access to an accelerator program, an introduction to the main investors and partners in the water market, and USD 50,000 in funding.

10 start-ups taking up the challenge

The 10 finalists have been selected for the innovative nature of their projects, as well as for their commercial viability and their strategy for growth. Of the start-ups selected for the final, the following are particularly worthy of note: ANDalyse, which has developed an easy-to-use device that can detect the presence of heavy metals in water in under two seconds; Mapistry, which offers businesses and wastewater treatment plants an online application for centralised, streamlined management of their facilities, ensuring compliance with current environmental standards; and FLUID, which makes it possible for individuals to monitor their consumption in real time, receive alerts in case of leaks, and find out how to reduce their consumption effectively.

See you on 16 March!

ANDalyze and Mapistry in film

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