Jun 01, 2018

The Water Council Announces 2018 Pilot Program Winners

Four companies in Wisconsin recognized for innovative water solutions

Water Council announces pilot program winners
Water Council announces pilot program winners

The Water Council (TWC), along with program supporters, Fund for Lake Michigan (FFLM) and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), have chosen four 2018 Pilot Program winners to receive funding and support to help develop and validate new, revolutionary water technology products from prototype to small-scale production and manufacturing.

Announced at WEFTEC last October, program applications were accepted from October 1, 2017 through November 11, 2017. The four winning companies were selected based on their product’s ability to address integrated water solutions through innovation, application and demonstration while maintaining a cost-efficient, scalable and deployable model.

“Supporting the progression of new water technologies is one of The Water Council’s main objectives,” said Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of The Water Council. “This program provides companies with the opportunity to take those new technologies and working prototypes directly from the lab to real world demonstration sites for practical applications.”

The four winning projects were awarded grants utilizing funds from MMSD and FFLM, and included the following companies and representatives:

  • Energy Tech Innovations, LLC (ETI) - Bryan Johnson, Founder
  • OptikTechnik - Jose Ramirez, CEO
  • STAR Water - Chris Rochfort, CEO
  • Harbor District, Inc. - Lindsay Frost, Water Projects Manager

The Pilot Program provides companies with financial and technical support needed for final optimization and validation of technologies about to launch into the commercial market. Beyond the financial and technical support these companies can refine their business model, determine market viability, establish production and licensing strategies and learn how to raise capital with coaching from TWC staff.

TWC launched the Pilot Program in 2015 through the support of a Wells Fargo Clean Technology & Innovation Grant, MMSD and FFLM. Since its inception, the program has awarded grants of $486,000 to five companies to help pilot technologies in Wisconsin while accelerating the deployment of technologies needed to solve problems, create new business and improve water quality on a regional and global scale.