Nevada-based incubator WaterStart is accepting proposals from companies around the world with timely, collaborative and unique applications on how their technologies can help its members advance development and management in various areas related to water. With support from both its members and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), WaterStart provides commercialization funding to support pilots and installations of new and innovative technologies that address areas such as efficiencies or quality improvements in drinking water delivery, commercial building water infrastructure management and more. Individual grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 may be awarded and used to support activities including:
- Testing and evaluation of new technologies
- Demonstration projects
- Technical support with research and development
- Big data computing
Since 2015, WaterStart has evaluated 180 proposals and implemented 16 pilot projects, with funding of over $1.2 million dollars shared with its partners.
Through the commercialization fund, WaterStart delivers accelerated growth pathways for pre-revenue leading technology firms, as well as a gateway for post-revenue organizations to expand their access to customers with the goal of bringing concepts to the market. Grants from this program are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of water technology solutions for communities.