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Water: US 2015

Water: US 2015

Village Capital, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, the Community of Albuquerque, BSP Fund, the Tecovas Foundation, and New Belgium Family Foundation, announced its three-month program to support early-stage entrepreneurs solving major water and energy problems.

Water insecurity is a major problem around the world, including the United States. According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, 750 million people lack access to clean water (about 2.5 times the US population). In the United States, the 2014 drought affected areas that produce one-third of US cattle and half our fruit, vegetables, and winter wheat. In addition, water used for irrigation and food production constitutes one of the greatest pressures on freshwater resources, and 2.5 billion gallons of water are contaminated each day because of oil and gas production in the US. This is the same amount of water that people consume worldwide.

The Village Capital: Water US 2015 program will support entrepreneurs addressing these water insecurity issues through technology for the benefit of all individuals in the US and around the world.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Village Capital puts entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, and stakeholders side-by-side, so they can solve problems together. The program consists of three intensive, four-day workshops over three months, during which Village Capital will provide the entrepreneurs with business development training to develop their financials, pitch, sales pipeline, and other aspects. Entrepreneurs will also have one-on-one time with mentors, industry experts, investors, top local business leaders, and potential customers.

The workshops took place on:

Workshop 1: July 15-18 (Albuquerque, NM)

Workshop 2: September 8-11 (Fort Collins, CO)

Rice Alliance Event: Sept 16-17 (Houston, TX)

Workshop 3: November 16-19 (Albuquerque, NM)

Venture Forum: November 18

COMPANIES

Aquatricity

Aquatricity designs small-scale, on-site power systems to solve the world’s energy and water crises.

Aquees

AQUEES helps large buildings reduce water usage and save money by offering a complete solution developed through input from property managers.

Brimes Energy

Calientamigos

Calientamigos is a portable shower system that heats and pressurizes water for families living without access to hot running water.

Emrgy Hydro

Emrgy Hydro delivers affordable hydropower in areas not currently considered for energy purposes.

H20 Min

H20 Min is focused on the design & development of conservation, regeneration, sustainability, and subsistence ecological systems from watershed to garden.

Menon Laboratories

Menon Laboratories has developed a unique membrane filtration water treatment solution that addresses a big problem in the water and energy industry.

Ocean Pacific Technologies

Ocean Pacific Technologies designs & manufactures a unique line of axial piston pumps specifically designed for the desalination industry.

Remote Well Solutions

Remote Well Solutions develops automated water production and distribution systems engineered for the requirements of off-power grid applications.

Rorus

Rorus creates personal water filters using new technology and proprietary design with applications in disaster relief, the military and outdoor recreation.

SimpleWater

SimpleWater enables towns to access previously non-potable or prohibitively expensive water supplies.

Welldone International

Welldone International builds remote monitoring tools that improve the reliability of rural infrastructure and the accountability of development projects.

PEER-SELECTED COMPANIES

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