San Francisco & Singapore, April 3, 2019 — Imagine H2O, the water innovation accelerator, launched its first dedicated hub outside the United States today. In partnership with Enterprise Singapore, Imagine H2O Asia will bridge international water startups to the region while also equipping local water entrepreneurs with the resources to build sustainable technology businesses. Interested startups can register today here. Nominations by partners can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Improved access to water innovation in Singapore and Southeast Asia will build resilience against future scarcity and accelerate progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As a global startup hub and water innovation leader, Singapore is uniquely positioned as a venue to convene and validate emerging technologies with end-users, cultivate future water entrepreneurs and link solutions with emerging markets in the region. Imagine H2O Asia aims to leverage Singapore’s capabilities and regional connectivity to accelerate the deployment of promising water technology startups globally.
Imagine Asia will invite up to six startups from around the world to join its inaugural cohort, benefiting from mentorship, industry visibility as well as introductions to the organisation’s international customer and investor network. Startups will participate in two showcase events in Singapore as well as receive year-round support through Imagine H2O’s remote-based mentorship programme. Participating startups will also have an opportunity to co-locate with Imagine H2O’s staff in the newly constructed Singapore Water Exchange.
“Southeast Asia’s rapid urbanisation and population growth will require solutions to address pressing challenges from ecosystem health to water scarcity,” says Desiree Lim, Development Partner, Urban Solutions, Enterprise Singapore. “Imagine H2O Asia will help bridge our region’s needs with innovative water technology businesses and advance the development of Singapore’s water startup ecosystem.”
Since 2009, Imagine H2O has supported over 100 startups through its flagship accelerator programmeme. Notable alumni include Fracta, Valor Water Analytics, Aquacycl, Ceres Imaging, BioGill, Drinkwell and Utilis. In 2018, more than 400 startups from 46 countries applied to Imagine H2O programmemes and the alumni network collectively raised over 30 per cent of all early-stage investments in the water industry. The organisation’s Beta Partners Program — 60+ utilities and businesses committed to deployment water innovation — will support a new dedicated customer network for Southeast Asia.
Applications are due by May 16, 2019. More information about the programmeme and the application process is available at www.imagineh2o.org/ih2oasia.