WaterStart renews Knowledge Fund from GOED

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LAS VEGAS – WaterStart, an incubator housed within the Desert Research Institute, recently renewed funding from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Knowledge Fund, that will continue to support its work in providing water innovation resources and services for an additional two years.

“This renewal of funds reflects the confidence of the state and our partners in WaterStart and our process,” said WaterStart Executive Director Nathan Allen. “We have made a lot of progress in the last two years working with the state’s largest water agencies and consumers to cultivate a globally recognized innovation ecosystem here in Nevada.”

Since receiving funding from GOED in 2015, WaterStart and its partners have evaluated more than 250 water technologies, received proposals from 180 tech companies and recruited 11 tech companies to the state. Furthermore, it has jointly funded through the Commercialization Fund with roughly $1.2 million in pilot projects with its partners.

The Nevada State Legislature created the Knowledge Fund in 2011 as part of the plan to revamp economic development and reauthorized its funding in 2017. To learn more about the Knowledge Fund, visit diversifynevada.com.

 

About WaterStart
WaterStart operates in a region of proven first adopters, sitting at the nexus of technology, research and economic development. WaterStart provides channels for innovation for various stakeholders and water resource managers; including: technology companies, management agencies and policy makers and provides services ranging from commercialization funding to business development. As it continues to bring together strategic resources and expertise, its core mission will create quality job growth and help diversify the economy of the region.

For more information, visit www.waterstart.com.

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Premier of Queensland and WaterStart Discuss Opportunities in Water Innovation

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LAS VEGAS – WaterStart recently took part in a roundtable last month in Reno, Nev. on June 20 with the Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, to talk about its partnership with Australia-based technology company RedEye. The collaboration between WaterStart and RedEye is a result of a 2016 trade mission to Australia led by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Now, as a result of the Queensland Premier’s visit, she will be hosting a Water Roundtable in Brisbane later this month to investigate the possibility of establishing the WaterStart program in Queensland.“We’ve been working hard to build relationships with the U.S. and that hard work is starting to pay off,” Palaszczuk said. “Having Queensland-based businesses establish themselves in the U.S. means we are exporting our skills and innovation.”The first projects that have taken place as a result of the RedEye/WaterStart partnership are with the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), as well as the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD), to integrate the RedEyeDMS solution into the organizations’ engineering and operation systems. RedEye opened its North American headquarters in Nevada earlier this year and relocated two members of the Queensland team to run the SNWA and LVVWD projects, and scale the business.

“WaterStart was thrilled to join Ms. Palaszczuk and RedEye in Reno to talk about the positive synergies taking place between Nevada and Queensland to further strategic efforts in water innovation,” said WaterStart Executive Director Nathan Allen. “RedEye’s platform is bringing new technologies to the U.S., helping to deliver essential solutions that will greatly benefit our water utilities.”

RedEye is already receiving interest from other water and power utilities and plans to grow the Nevada team quickly with a view to create up to eight new jobs in its U.S. operations this year. RedEye’s engineering data management solution – RedEyeDMS – brings a revolutionary Cloud and mobile solution to the U.S. water industry. SNWA and LVVWD staff, engineering firms, and professional engineers will now be able to easily collaborate to find, use, markup, back draft, review, approve and manage “as-built” engineering drawings and related data from anywhere, on any device.

“Working with Nate Allen and his team at WaterStart is creating numerous opportunities for RedEye in the U.S. water industry. I also really appreciate the support from the whole LVVWD / SNWA team who are embracing our technology and team,” said RedEye CEO Wayne Gerard. “The Queensland Premier’s recent trade mission to Nevada and Water Roundtable in Reno further reinforced the opportunities for Queensland and Nevada to work together to share water technologies that solve common challenges faced by both states.”

During her visit to Reno, Palaszczuk also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  The MOU facilitates research collaboration and the development of opportunities for new technologies, autonomous vehicles, air quality, exhaust emissions and hydrolic sciences.

About WaterStart
WaterStart operates in a region of proven first adopters, sitting at the nexus of technology, research and economic development. WaterStart provides channels for innovation for various stakeholders and water resource managers; including: technology companies, management agencies and policy makers and provides services ranging from commercialization funding to business development. As it continues to bring together strategic resources and expertise, its core mission will create quality job growth and help diversify the economy of the region.

For more information, visit www.waterstart.com.

About RedEye
RedEye is a disruptive tech business, and the first software business to make engineering data truly mobile. Established in Brisbane in 2012 by Wayne Gerard and Randall Makin, RedEye is one of Australia’s fastest growing tech companies with an expanding global footprint.

RedEye’s Cloud-based solutions help asset owners and their service providers improve their productivity and safety, while reducing business risks and costs. With a mission to reinvent the way people work, the company has pioneered a new product category, globally, in Cloud and mobile Engineering Data Management for Asset Owners. RedEye’s solutions are built by the industry, for the industry.

In 2016, RedEye launched its work management solution, RedEyeWFM, which is transforming the way large industrial companies work with their technical contractors and maintenance providers.

The RedEye team are passionate contributors to the development of the startup community, helping to drive world leading innovation and a diverse workforce culture that disrupts and transforms traditional industries.

Visit redeye.co for more information.

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Syrinix opens up regional USA HQ in Las Vegas

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Press release on behalf of Syrinix:Syrinix is delighted to announce the opening of its USA regional head office in Las Vegas.

The company which established in the UK in 2004 and began to operate in North America in 2014, has seen substantial business growth across the USA. This establishment of a regional head office in Las Vegas recognises that growth and shows Syrinix’s commitment to and expansion plans for the USA market.

Relocating from Canada, Syrinix will initially be based with WaterStart the Nevada water sector incubator based in Las Vegas and will be working closely with the WaterStart team and the local utilities as Syrinix expands its presence within the USA.

CEO James Dunning commented –

“The USA is a key market for Syrinix.  Having our regional HQ in Las Vegas office makes sense in both geographical positioning for access to customers, transport and logistics and as the City is an exciting hotbed for start-ups.  With my thanks in particular to WaterStart and Las Vegas Valley Water, this represents a major investment and step forward for Syrinix and we are looking forward to working with our partners and customers to firmly strengthen our position as pipeline monitoring specialists within the USA.”

Nate Allen – Executive Director of Waterstart stated –

“WaterStart is proud to see the partnership with Syrinix come to fruition as it opens its new office in Las Vegas,” said WaterStart Executive Director Nathan Allen. “Syrinix was driven by the expanding opportunities in Southern Nevada, where it will be able to engage in recruitment, potential contracts with additional suppliers and helping other business in the region grow.”