“As we enter the new year, WaterStart is proud to reflect on what we accomplished in 2018. Not only did we further water innovation in Nevada through the pilot of new technologies, but we strengthened partnerships on an global scale as we added our first international member to WaterStart and implemented our model in Queensland, Australia. We recently closed round 12 of our request for proposals and aim to facilitate more projects that align with our priorities and address global water issues. Thank you to our partners and members for your continued collaboration and support as we work together to spur economic growth for the state of Nevada. Take a look below for more recent news and updates.”
– Nathan Allen, Executive Director
WaterStart has received nearly 300 proposals from technology companies to-date, which have led to 20 projects that provide potential solutions for water utilities and large commercial properties in delivering more, safer and cheaper water. These projects will generate over 100 jobs in Nevada.
WaterStart and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) recently closed Round 12 of a competitive matching grant process. They accepted proposals from tech companies with applications on how Nevada can advance water tech development. The deadline was on Dec. 31.
In 2018, a groundbreaking international agreement was made between WaterStart and the Queensland government in Australia. Take a look at why this partnership was important for water innovation and economic development in Nevada via the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
WaterStart requests proposals from water technology companies to solve immediate demands for innovation by our members. The deadline is December 31, 2018.
If you are a company that is ready to prove their ability to scale-up by solving one of the priorities listed, please apply!
WaterStart is proud to announce Virgin Valley Water District (VVWD) as a new member in its organization. Established in 1993, VVWD provides a safe and dependable water supply to the citizens and visitors in Mesquite and Bunkerville.
“WaterStart is proud to add Virgin Valley Water District to our growing list of members,” said WaterStart Executive Director Nate Allen. “This collaboration between WaterStart and VVWD is an important partnership that will continue to further the state’s efforts in addressing global water challenges, and we look forward to working with them to bring even more innovative projects to Nevada.”
Apana, a leader in automated water management for business has partnered with MGM Resorts International, on a water conservation program at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. WaterStart connected the technology company with MGM and the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA).
This initial project involves connecting Apana’s IoT technology to the casino’s water network in order to provide real-time, actionable insight about leaks and irregular use to hotel engineering staff through the companies analytics software.
Through WaterStart, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) will implement software technology from Irish-based company Klir as part of a
pilot project aimed at increasing the efficiency of water management.
Klir’s technology helps water utilities make water safer by providing them with a more effective way to manage their regulatory compliance missions. A suite of cloud-based compliance software solutions, the Klir platform gathers, monitors and analyzes regulatory compliance data, all in one easy-to-use web-based application.
Queensland innovators will have the opportunity to gain a stake in $500,000 in funding to find ways to improve local urban water supply systems and take their ideas to Nevada, the United States and the world.
Minister for Natural Resources Anthony Lynham announced the funding today when he welcomed the Governor of Nevada Brian Sandoval to a Queensland water innovation workshop.
By Esther Hertzfeld | Hotel Management
MGM Resorts International has partnered with Apana on a water conservation program at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. WaterStart connected the technology company with MGM and the Southern Nevada Water Authority. This initial project involves connecting Apana’s IoT technology to the casino’s water network in order to provide real-time, actionable insight about leaks and irregular use to hotel engineering staff through the company’s analytics software.
Through WaterStart, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) will implement software technology from Irish-based company Klir as part of a pilot project aimed at increasing the efficiency of water management.
By Bailey Schulz | Las Vegas Review-Journal
A recent agreement between public-private nonprofit group WaterStart and the Queensland government in Australia may bring in new water tech companies to Nevada. The deal was announced Aug. 30 during Gov. Brian Sandoval’s Australia trade mission. The agreement gives Queensland innovators an opportunity to apply for a share of $500,000 of funding for projects that would improve urban water supply systems and bring their ideas to Nevada.
Sandoval now begins the second leg of his journey in Australia. Yesterday, the delegation attended a water innovation workshop, which built upon a memorandum of understanding signed between Queensland and Nevada in January. Over the next three years, the Queensland Department of Natural Resources is contributing $500,000 in Australian funds for collaboration between the WaterStart and Queensland Urban Utilities. Currently there is a joint effort to recruit additional water technology companies to work on Intelligent Water Networks.
Altum Technologies has announced its expansion to the United States on the back of an undisclosed funding round, with the aim to help US companies remove industrial fouling and solve water management issues by working in collaboration with WaterStart in Las Vegas. The funding round was led by Nordic-based venture capital company Maki.vc with participation from Lifeline Ventures, who in 2016 previously invested in a seed funding round for Altum Technologies.
WaterStart aims to catalyze water technology, research, and expertise. We create channels for innovation by providing testing, connections, and marketing opportunities for companies with novel solutions to challenges in the water sector.
WaterStart’s business model is based on partnerships within the academic, public, and private sectors. Through our partners, we’re able to leverage Nevada’s expertise in water by bringing together strategic resources and expertise, connecting water management agencies, technology companies, and policy makers.