|By PR Newswire||
|January 8, 2014 05:03 PM EST||
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine H2O, a nonprofit organization that supports market-based solutions to water challenges, announced the finalists of its fifth annual business innovations competition today. The twelve companies selected to advance to the second round will compete for over $200,000 in cash and in-kind service and admittance to Imagine H2O Accelerator's program. Imagine H2O's previous winners and finalists collectively represent 1 in every 10 dollars of early-stage financing in the water sector. This year's winners and runners-up will be honored at Imagine H2O's Entrepreneurship Showcase and World Water Day celebration on March 18th.
A 2012 U.N. World Water Assessment Program survey indicates that agriculture currently accounts for more than 70% of global potable water usage. As many of the leading agricultural regions in the U.S. continue to be gripped by drought, the need for innovative water resource management in food production becomes increasingly dire. Imagine H2O's proven path-to-market opportunity advances emerging businesses that offer promising solutions to this and other looming water challenges.
"Entrepreneurs are responding to a growing demand for water innovations that contribute to global food security," said Imagine H2O Chief Operating Officer Scott Bryan. "This field is rapidly evolving and Imagine H2O is excited to be working with some of the most promising technology startups addressing the food and agriculture sector's water needs."
Over 70 start-up companies from 11 countries submitted entries related to Imagine H2O's current Food and Agriculture theme. Competitors presented a diverse range of methods to improve water management within the food processing and agriculture industries. The program's major financial supporters include Wells Fargo (Headline Sponsor), Grundfos, Cooley LLP, the California Water Foundation, and the Stiefel Family Foundation.
Each finalist will also receive admittance to the Imagine H2O Accelerator, which includes access to beta customers and pilot partners. The inaugural Beta Partnership Program, developed in partnership with the BlueTechValley, features leading commercial growers and food processors that together represent over $30 billion in annual revenue.
Imagine H2O's judging panel, which includes leading industry experts from companies such as Google Ventures, Ecolab, and True North Venture Partners, based its selection of the finalists on their commercial viability, customer value proposition, go-to market strategy, and financial plan. The finalists, listed alphabetically, are:
OptiEnz Sensors (Fort Collins, CO) www.optienzsensors.com sells an in-place monitoring system that continuously measures the concentration of organic chemicals in water, milk, juice, and other liquids using a patented replaceable enzymatic sensor tip. A wide range of organic chemicals can be measured, enabling applications in a broad range of markets including food and beverage, industrial biotechnology, and the environment.
Precision Hawk (Indianapolis, IN) www.precisionhawk.com is an end-to-end solution for solving the Big Data problem in the agriculture space. Precision Hawk manages the challenges of flying a UAV, conducting complex aerial data collection along with the management, storage and processing of that data for the user.
TerrAvion (Livermore, CA) www.terravion.com provides a service that delivers aerial maps and imagery for agriculture overnight at low cost. This system allows growers to monitor the canopy of every tree, vine, or plant in the field every week and adjust their inputs, particularly irrigation, to increase yield.
WatrHub Inc. (Toronto, ON) www.watrhub.com is a data and analytics company that delivers actionable intelligence for the Municipal, Industrial, and Agriculture Water sectors to enable faster and more confident decision making. The WatrHub Online Intelligence Center helps water and wastewater technology companies find timely and actionable sales leads, and connects water and wastewater operators with their peers to share best practices.
Wellintel (Shorewood, WI) www.wellintel.com develops groundwater technology and information systems to help homeowners and farmers learn about and sustainably manage their groundwater resources. With these insights customers secure property value, improve service, lower costs, and make groundwater sustainability possible.
ZYMtronix Catalytic Systems, Inc. (Ithica, NY) www.zymtronixcs.com eradicates antibiotic-resistant bacteria in contaminated agricultural waters and captures the pharmaceuticals used to target them. ZYMtronix decreases the costs of ensuring healthy livestock, helps deliver the public's need for a pharmaceutical-free environment, and provides a solution for meeting government-mandated environmental quality standards.
BioGill (Sidney, Australia) www.biogill.com uses breakthrough technology in the biological treatment of wastewater. BioGills are above ground, non-submerged bioreactors that provide the ideal oxygen rich environment for microorganisms to thrive and break down nutrients in the waste stream. Biogills are helping businesses achieve regulated discharge standards at low cost and low energy.
California Safe Soil (West Sacramento, CA) www.calsafesoil.com provides unique full-cycle Fresh Food Recycling technology, turning organics from supermarkets into liquid fertilizer for farms in only three hours. This fertilizer assists California Safe Soil's agricultural customers in saving money, improving crop yield, and reducing nitrate runoff into groundwater.
Livestock Water Recycling (Calgary, AB) www.livestockwaterrecycling.com equips dairy, hog, and anaerobic digester operations with its innovative and cost-effective manure treatment technology. The technology recycles clean water and fertilizer nutrients from livestock manure for reuse at the farm, reducing fertilizer waste and improving water efficiency.
OndaVia (Hayward, CA) www.ondavia.com delivers a fast, laboratory accurate, microfluidics-based water analysis system that enables real-time, trace-level chemical analysis. Using Ondavia's portable instrument and analyte-specific, consumable cartridges, users can measure water contaminants down to part-per-billion levels on-site, in under five minutes.
Silver Bullet Water Treatment Company (Denver, CO) www.silverbulletcorp.com provides a safe and highly efficient water treatment system for HVAC cooling towers and livestock drinking water systems that eliminates bacterial growth and controls calcium scale buildup and corrosion. The system increases the operational efficiency of a cooling tower, saving water and energy. In livestock drinking systems, the Silver Bullet System eliminates bacteria without the use of hazardous chemicals to improve overall herd health.
Tal-Ya Agricultural Solutions (Tel Aviv, Israel) www.tal-ya.com features trays specially designed to concentrate water and fertilizer directly to the root of each plant or tree, creating a "personal greenhouse" for each plant. These patented, easy to install trays enable farmers to prevent weed growth and reduce water use by 50% and fertilizer use by 30%, while accelerating growth dramatically. The farmer is able to improve his ROI and obtain more from each acre.
About Imagine H2O
Imagine H2O inspires and empowers people to solve water challenges and turn them into opportunities. We offer annual competitions for water innovation with focused, specific challenges including Water Efficiency (2009), Water-Energy Nexus (2010), Wastewater (2011) and Consumer Innovations (2012). In addition to financial support for the best ideas, the Imagine H2O Accelerator helps participating entrepreneurs turn their plans into transformational, real-world solutions. To learn more about Imagine H2O's global ecosystem for water innovation and connect with water entrepreneurs from around the world, please visit www.imagineh2o.org.
SOURCE Imagine H2O
While many app developers are comfortable building apps for the smartphone, there is a whole new world out there. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Narayan Sainaney, Co-founder and CTO of Mojio, will discuss how the business case for connected car apps is growing and, with open platform companies having already done the heavy lifting, there really is no barrier to entry.
Aug. 30, 2015 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 123
SYS-CON Events announced today that G2G3 will exhibit at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Based on a collective appreciation for user experience, design, and technology, G2G3 is uniquely qualified and motivated to redefine how organizations and people engage in an increasingly digital world.
Aug. 30, 2015 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 451
As more intelligent IoT applications shift into gear, they’re merging into the ever-increasing traffic flow of the Internet. It won’t be long before we experience bottlenecks, as IoT traffic peaks during rush hours. Organizations that are unprepared will find themselves by the side of the road unable to cross back into the fast lane. As billions of new devices begin to communicate and exchange data – will your infrastructure be scalable enough to handle this new interconnected world?
Aug. 30, 2015 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 143
SYS-CON Events announced today that Micron Technology, Inc., a global leader in advanced semiconductor systems, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Micron’s broad portfolio of high-performance memory technologies – including DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash – is the basis for solid state drives, modules, multichip packages and other system solutions. Backed by more than 35 years of tech...
Aug. 30, 2015 01:30 PM EDT Reads: 211
This Enterprise Strategy Group lab validation report of the NEC Express5800/R320 server with Intel® Xeon® processor presents the benefits of 99.999% uptime NEC fault-tolerant servers that lower overall virtualized server total cost of ownership. This report also includes survey data on the significant costs associated with system outages impacting enterprise and web applications. Click Here to Download Report Now!
Aug. 30, 2015 01:30 PM EDT Reads: 177
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pythian, a global IT services company specializing in helping companies leverage disruptive technologies to optimize revenue-generating systems, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Founded in 1997, Pythian is a global IT services company that helps companies compete by adopting disruptive technologies such as cloud, Big Data, advance...
Aug. 30, 2015 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 272
SYS-CON Events announced today the Containers & Microservices Bootcamp, being held November 3-4, 2015, in conjunction with 17th Cloud Expo, @ThingsExpo, and @DevOpsSummit at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. This is your chance to get started with the latest technology in the industry. Combined with real-world scenarios and use cases, the Containers and Microservices Bootcamp, led by Janakiram MSV, a Microsoft Regional Director, will include presentations as well as hands-on...
Aug. 30, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 259
Cloud and datacenter migration innovator AppZero has joined the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance Program. AppZero is a fast, flexible way to move Windows Server applications from any source machine – physical or virtual – to any destination server, in any cloud or datacenter, using its patented container technology. AppZero’s container is also called a Virtual Application Appliance (VAA). To facilitate Microsoft Azure onboarding, AppZero has two purpose-built offerings: AppZero SP for Azure,...
Aug. 30, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 167
Organizations from small to large are increasingly adopting cloud solutions to deliver essential business services at a much lower cost. According to cyber security experts, the frequency and severity of cyber-attacks are on the rise, causing alarm to businesses and customers across a variety of industries. To defend against exploits like these, a company must adopt a comprehensive security defense strategy that is designed for their business. In 2015, organizations such as United Airlines, Sony...
Aug. 30, 2015 10:30 AM EDT Reads: 429
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Aug. 30, 2015 10:30 AM EDT Reads: 868
Consumer IoT applications provide data about the user that just doesn’t exist in traditional PC or mobile web applications. This rich data, or “context,” enables the highly personalized consumer experiences that characterize many consumer IoT apps. This same data is also providing brands with unprecedented insight into how their connected products are being used, while, at the same time, powering highly targeted engagement and marketing opportunities. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nathan Trel...
Aug. 30, 2015 10:15 AM EDT Reads: 216
Red Hat is investing in Tesora, the number one contributor to OpenStack Trove Database as a Service (DBaaS) also ranked among the top 20 companies contributing to OpenStack overall. Tesora, the company bringing OpenStack Trove Database as a Service (DBaaS) to the enterprise, has announced that Red Hat and others have invested in the company as a part of Tesora's latest funding round. The funding agreement expands on the ongoing collaboration between Tesora and Red Hat, which dates back to Febr...
Aug. 30, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 332
IBM’s Blue Box Cloud, powered by OpenStack, is now available in any of IBM’s globally integrated cloud data centers running SoftLayer infrastructure. Less than 90 days after its acquisition of Blue Box, IBM has integrated its Blue Box Cloud Dedicated private-cloud-as-a-service into its broader portfolio of OpenStack® based solutions. The announcement, made today at the OpenStack Silicon Valley event, further highlights IBM’s continued support to deliver OpenStack solutions across all cloud depl...
Aug. 30, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 222
Everyone talks about continuous integration and continuous delivery but those are just two ends of the pipeline. In the middle of DevOps is continuous testing (CT), and many organizations are struggling to implement continuous testing effectively. After all, without continuous testing there is no delivery. And Lab-As-A-Service (LaaS) enhances the CT with dynamic on-demand self-serve test topologies. CT together with LAAS make a powerful combination that perfectly serves complex software developm...
Aug. 30, 2015 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 187
Through WebRTC, audio and video communications are being embedded more easily than ever into applications, helping carriers, enterprises and independent software vendors deliver greater functionality to their end users. With today’s business world increasingly focused on outcomes, users’ growing calls for ease of use, and businesses craving smarter, tighter integration, what’s the next step in delivering a richer, more immersive experience? That richer, more fully integrated experience comes ab...
Aug. 30, 2015 09:15 AM EDT Reads: 611