Meet Imagine H2O Asia’s Third Cohort of Water Tech Startups

Imagine H2O
Nov 5 · 5 min read

Twelve innovators from six countries will partner with the Singapore-based accelerator program to solve South and Southeast Asia’s water and wastewater crisis

Asia is the world’s most water-stressed continent. While home to more than half of the world’s inhabitants, Asia has less freshwater available per capita than anywhere else. Population growth, particularly in low-lying coastal cities, threatens already vulnerable supplies. At the same time, too much water poses new risks. Since 2000, flood-related disasters have more than doubled globally with over 80% of people affected living in Asia.

As the COP26 summit unfolds this week, the region’s decision makers are acknowledging that its water resource challenges are inextricably linked to climate disruption. Solutions are not only needed to help mitigate today’s water-related climate impacts. They are also required to position the water and wastewater solutions of tomorrow on a new path towards decarbonization and resource recovery. Selected from a field of 100+ applicants from 23 countries, the twelve water tech startups in Imagine H2O Asia Cohort 3 give us hope by boldly challenging the water management status quo.

(L) G2O Water Technologies (UK); (R) WeGOT Water Utilities (India)
Wi.Plat (South Korea)

From environmentally-friendly drinking water disinfection to energy-efficient wastewater treatment and reuse to biodegradable polymers for water-saving irrigation, each company represents an innovative and sustainable approach to reusing and recycling more, wasting less, mitigating pollution and boosting access and equity. As a bridge for global solutions to the region, Imagine H2O Asia’s mission aims to also foster entrepreneurship locally across South and Southeast Asia. Cohort 3 is Imagine H2O Asia’s most geographically diverse cohort yet, with 10/12 companies based in five countries in the Asia-Pacific.

By partnering with Imagine H2O Asia and key supporters Enterprise Singapore, SUEZ, Kurita, Xylem and PUB Singapore, Cohort 3 companies will receive tailored, in-country support to pilot and deploy these solutions across the Asia-Pacific. This includes an expanded program with new utility and industrial partners, additional pilot funding and wider regional connectivity including Demo Day at Singapore International Water Week 2022.

Indra (India)
(L) Hydroquo+ (Bangladesh); (R) Hydroleap (Singapore)

Introducing Imagine H2O Asia’s Cohort 3

Thank you to all our applicants and congratulations to the twelve finalists.

WI.Plat (South Korea)

Network & NRW Management (Software, Automation & Analytics)

Cost-effective, cloud-based leak detection platform for water distribution networks with proprietary IOT-enabled acoustic sensors and AI-powered decision making dashboard.

WEGoT Utility Solutions (India)

Water Efficiency & Conservation (Real Estate & Facilities Management)

Ultrasonic smart meter and online water management platform for buildings to track consumption and identify leaks, saving 3 billion litres of water to date across 40k homes and 40M sqft of commercial real estate.

Typhon Treatment Systems (United Kingdom)

Drinking Water (Disinfection & AOP)

First-of-its-kind UV-LED reactor design for high-efficiency, low-maintenance and uninterrupted mercury-free disinfection at high flowrates for municipal treatment facilities.

TracWater (Australia)

Water Quality (Real-Time Testing & Monitoring)

Self-powered, weatherproof real-time water quality robots for physical and chemical water quality measurements with hassle-free installation and maintenance currently covering a network of 3,500 km.

Pure Active Water (Singapore)

Drinking Water (Disinfection & AOP)

Long-lasting chemical-free disinfection system that produces less sub-products and efficiently generates oxidants at one-tenth the concentration compared to chlorine disinfection, eliminating biofilm and preventing recontamination.

Indra (India)

Wastewater Treatment & Reuse (Electrochemical Treatment & AOP)

Easy-to-install, modular and IoT-enabled decentralised electrical treatment systems for domestic sewage and industrial effluents with up to 99% recovery for non-potable reuse with 40% less footprint than competing systems.

Hydroquo+ (Bangladesh)

Water Quality (Real-Time Testing & Monitoring)

High-frequency, continuous water quality testing and analysis platform, integrating advanced monitoring hardware and an online dashboard designed and recently piloted in collaboration with utilities.

Hydroleap (Singapore)

Wastewater Treatment & Reuse (Electrochemical Treatment)

Electrochemical and electrocoagulation wastewater treatment which is chemical-free and incorporates smart automation to actively mitigate passivation and corrosion with 70% lower energy consumption.

G2O Water Technologies (United Kingdom)

Water & Wastewater Treatment (Filtration & Separation Technologies)

Graphene oxide coatings for polymeric and ceramic membranes which mitigate the effects of fouling, radically reducing chemical consumption, extending membrane life, and demonstrating potential savings of 60% in overall plant energy costs.

EF Polymer (India)

Agriculture (Irrigation Water Efficiency)

Biodegradable polymer using fruit waste with water absorption capacity of up to 150 times its weight allowing for slow release to maintain soil moisture while doubling as a natural fertiliser.

DigitalPaani (India)

Wastewater Treatment & Reuse (Software, Automation & Analytics)

Operational intelligence and workflow management platform for sewage and effluent treatment plant operators that empower on-site teams to monitor performance and maintenance as well as reduce costs and potential downtime.

Cleanedge Water (Singapore)

Wastewater Treatment & Reuse (Water Recovery)

Energy-efficient, high water recovery evaporation technology that utilises a single-step mechanical vapour compression system for high salinity and high organic wastewater treatment at a relatively lower footprint than alternative thermal systems.

Contact us at singapore@imagineh2o.org to learn more about Cohort 3 or explore opportunities for your organisation to participate in Imagine H2O Asia.

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