Podcast Episode 7 – Will Raymond, Truckee Meadows

Will Raymond is the Operations and Water Quality Manager at Truckee Meadows Water Authority in Reno, NV. 

Will Raymond joins the Channels for Innovation Podcast to discuss:

  • Advice, insights and challenges in leading innovation in the water sector.
  • Truckee Meadows Water Authority’s approach to innovation.
  • How to manage risk when trying new things.
  • Prioritizing which areas to focus on and invest in.

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Podcast Episode 6 – Dave Johnson, SNWA and LVVWD

David L. Johnson is the Deputy General Manager of Engineering and Operations for the Las Vegas Valley Water District and Southern Nevada Water Authority. Mr. Johnson has been with the agency since 2004, previously holding the position as director of the Water Quality & Treatment department for the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

Dave Johnson joins the Channels for Innovation Podcast to discuss:

  • Innovation in the water sector – challenges and opportunities
  • SNWA’s approach to innovation
  • Details on innovative pilot projects at SNWA
  • Advice for others leading innovation in the water sector

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Channels Podcast Episode 5 – Henrick Laursen, CEO of AMI Global

Henrick Laursen is the CEO of AMI Global, an international communications and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) company. Henrick was appointed CEO in 2017 to lead the company during its next phase of growth with a specialized focus on international commercialization and business development efforts for AMI’s IIoT connectivity solutions.

Henrick is a proven executive and global business development professional with experience in customized systems for large industrial manufacturers and has over 15 years of industrial expertise working for flow technology sectors in Europe and North America. As the former CEO for LiqTech Systems, Henrick oversaw project sales and execution, engineering and production, and partner activities across oil & gas, mining, municipal drinking water, power plant, marine scrubbers, and commercial pool markets. Mr. Laursen has also held global business development roles at Grundfos, one of the largest pump manufacturers in the world.

About AMI Global: AMI Global is a provider of end-to-end IIoT solutions with locations in the United States and Israel. AMI engineers affordable and secure IIoT solutions for industrial machinery allowing customers to connect remote industrial assets and equipment to the Internet for data collection, predictive analysis, and asset control. AMI has an existing customer base of Fortune 500 clients and global industrial systems and equipment manufacturers.

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Channels for Innovation Podcast Episode 4 – Nick Shewring, General Manager of WaterStart Australia

After working as a startup founder for nearly 15 years, Shewring joins the WaterStart Australia team to further water innovation efforts and help attract more international technology companies to Queensland by working with major water utilities and water consumers across the state.

WaterStart Australia was created as a result of the Queensland Government and Nevada (U.S.) becoming Sister States in early 2018, committing to work collaborative across key industries and opportunities including advancement in water technology. That same year, in May 2018, Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) became WaterStart’s first international member.

Shrewing is currently also the founder and CEO of The ikiFounder Network, which provides mentorship and financial support to venture founders. His previous experience includes serving as Co-founder and CIO of BizDojo, Co-founder and CEO of Colo, and Head of Mobile Technology Innovation for Air New Zealand. 

Nick joins the Channels for Innovation Podcast to discuss:

  • Collaboration between large water utilities and small councils in Queensland, Australia.
  • Water situation in Queensland, Australia
  • The development of the first international branch of WaterStart
  • The benefits to the water sector and water technology industry of bridging Nevada and Australia.
  • How water technology companies can scale after successful pilots

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WaterStart’s Channels for Innovation Podcast Now Live

Channels for Innovation Podcast

WaterStart has officially launched a new podcast with three episodes immediately available. The Channels for Innovation Podcast shares important information and insights from the world of water. Every month, we speak with experts in the water industry including individuals from water utilities, large water using organizations and water technology companies. 

You can find the podcast and subscribe at most podcast downloading apps and websites including Apple Podcasts.

Channels for Innovation Podcast first three episodes:

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WaterStart renews Knowledge Fund from GOED


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.