Supported by a coalition of regional cities, utilities, universities, and startup organizations throughout the Greater Cincinnati region, Pipeline H2O’s goal is to identify and accelerate companies working on water technologies that address the world’s water challenges. Some of the challenges include infrastructure improvements, water reuse, wastewater treatment, monitoring and consumer innovations.
The call for applications for the 2018 class was initiated in September 2017 and ran through November 2017. 80 applications were received from across 6 continents representing 20 different countries.
Pipeline H2O’s application review process included multiple rounds of evaluations to select the class of 7 companies. The evaluations were conducted by a diverse committee comprised of a cross-section of water experts (Greater Cincinnati Water Works, The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, City of Hamilton Water, Confluence, Butler County Groundwater Consortium, U.S. EPA, University of Cincinnati) and entrepreneurial leaders (Hamilton Mill, Cintrifuse, Queen City Angels).
The Pipeline H2O program will run from February through May 2018 and will introduce the selected startups to various value-add resources throughout the region. Pipeline H2O 2018 will culminate with a Demo Day on May 24, 2018, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Additionally, Antony Seppi, Pipeline H2O’s Program Director added, “We can’t wait to begin working with these startups and introducing them to the value-add resources throughout the Greater Cincinnati region. These assets include water-tech expertise and a great entrepreneurial ecosystem within #StartupCincy. If you have a water challenge or want to get involved with Pipeline H20 click here.”