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Water Tech Invest - 12 May 2016

Water Tech Invest, a Cleantech Investor event, combines insights into innovation in the water industry with information on funding opportunities from government sources and updates on successful fund raising from the private sector. A selection of companies which are currently fund raising are invited to present pitches of their investment propositions

The event offers an excellent networking opportunity for innovators in the water sector to meet potential investors and funders. 

Water Tech Invest will kick off with breakfast at 8am and end at 11.30am. Sponsored and hosted by Marks & Clerkthe event will take place in its offices in Covent Garden, London. Water Tech Invest is organised by Cleantech Investor and supported by Isle Utilities.


Presenting Companies 

Kelda Technology

Kelda Technology has pioneered water-in-air shower products that halve water usage and water heating costs through patented shower technology. The company has engineered shower solutions that leverage aerospace and automotive technology to deliver game-changing levels of savings, without compromising on user experience.

Strathkelvin Instruments

Strathkelvin Instruments is a leading supplier of precision respirometry and dissolved oxygen instruments for the wastewater treatment market, using technology developed in the biomedical research market.


AquamatiX develops smarter IT systems for more efficient operational management and optimisation of water and wastewater infrastructure. The company has worked with ThingWorx, a leading developer of ‘Internet of Things’ applications, to build WaterWorX™, which adopts a completely new, fast, low cost, open standards approach to real-time network management solutions design and delivery. 


Agily is a collaborative goal management app designed for operations managers within utility companies to practise a more agile and efficient leadership. Agily is mobile, light, affordable and adaptable. The app works in the cloud and is accessible from smartphones, tablets and desktops. The app was conceived by Bruno Vinel, a water and electricity sector veteran with experience which includes 20 years with Veolia. It is currently being pilot tested by two large water companies.


MFATech has developed WADER (Water Advisory Demand Evaluation & Resource), a predictive water management tool, which it plans to launch in partnership with De Montfort University, with funding from Innovate UK, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 

NVP Energy

NVP Energy has developed a unique carbon neutral technology that cleans wastewater to a very high standard whilst recovering valuable high quality biogas that is 100% available for reuse. NVP Energy’s business proposition has global reach, where its innovative energy positive ‘Low temperature Anaerobic Digestion' (Lt-AD) technology works at temperatures below 20⁰C (unique for AD technology) for prospective customers in the food and drink Industries and also the global municipal wastewater industry.


Bactest has developed a technology platform CYTOMAIA, a microbial respirometer that can be used to detect and monitor microbial activity in liquid and macerated solids. Its first product, Speedy Breedy, is a portable microbial respirometer, used to incubate and enumerate bacteria and detect and measure biological activity and contamination in potable water, beer, food and beverage, paint, oil and many other applications. Shepherd, Bactest’s second product, is an Activated Sludge Monitoring and Management System, also based on the CYTOMAIA platform.


DloHaiti's innovative business model allows it to reach difficult-to-serve consumers in developing markets, especially those lacking critical public infrastructure for water and energy. A decentralised, community-level infrastructure provides clean water and energy to growing communities through a network of local entrepreneurs and distribution channels. These established networks serve as a platform for efficient 'last-mile' distribution of a variety of essential daily goods and services such as water, energy, soap and cleaning supplies, as well as basic foods. The challenge of reaching 'bottom-of-the-pyramid' consumers stems from the lack of basic infrastructure. DloHaiti offers an innovative route-to-market that offers multinational partners a cost-effective and scalable channel to reach hundreds of millions of new consumers in rapidly growing markets, all through the necessity of clean water. The company is raising funding to prepare for international expansion into new markets in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.


Smart Future: Water - 4 February 2015


Water infrastructure around the world is riddled with inefficiency. Nearly 20% of water is lost in developed countries through leaks, theft or mismanagement, and this figure can rise to 75% in developing countries. Globally this represents nearly $14 billion per year in lost revenues, according to the World Bank. In a context of increasing need (OECD figures project that demand for water will grow by 55% by 2050) and a growing population (the wold population is expected to top 9 billion by 2050), it is becoming ever more crucial to find ways to reduce these losses and increase efficiencies in the system.

The water sector is often heavily regulated, with many utilities slow to change their practices, and the potential of many of today’s smart technologies has barely been tapped. The Path to Water Innovation Discussion Paper, a recent Stanford-led report, explored how innovation in the water sector can be accelerated through a revision of pricing policies, regulatory frameworks and financing.

The water market is changing and smart technologies are enabling that change. Join us at Smart Future: Water, a Cleantech Investor Breakfast Briefing sponsored by Marks & Clerk, 4th February 2015, to hear from expert investors and operators in the smart water market, as well as from companies at the cutting edge of innovation in the sector. Themes to be discussed at the event will include:

  • Drivers, risks and opportunities within the smart water market
  • Investor perspectives on smart water
  • The role and impact of real-time monitoring within the water sector
  • Water quality forecasting and management technologies
  • Technologies and innovation for water consumption and control

Expert speakers will include Laurie Reynolds of Aquamatix, Henri Lambert from Aspara Capital, Chris Shelley of Sentec, Lutz Johnen of Aquality and Robert Sharp of Valuation Consulting.




Water Tech Blind Date Networking - 25 March 2014

Profiles of the six companies participating in the Cleantech Investor Blind Date networking evening (25 March 2014) are available from the following links:

'Investor Date' candidates:




'Utility Date' candidates:


Flood Protection Solutions







Water Tech Invest BLIND DATES 25 March 2014

Cleantech Investor's forthcoming Water Tech Invest event, on 25 March 2014, will follow the format of the (UK TV programme) 'Blind Date'. Each session will involve three entrepreneurs who will answer questions from a secret 'date' (either an investor or a utility company). The 'date' remains behind a screen and the identity of the entrepreneurs is only revealed at the end of the session. The winning company in each session will be selected for a 'date' (an opportunity to pitch for investment or for business).

Companies competing to win a 'Blind Date' will include:

  • A company which is marketing an innovative flood control barrier which takes advantage of flood water dynamic to actually stop the water, using a system of ingenious close-fitting tarpaulin, in which water pours in, providing a self deploying and incredibly strong stabilized water barrier.
  • A company which developed an acoustics-based technology in sewers, for the location of blockages and structural defects, to determine pipe lengths and the serviceability of the pipes. The data derived from the sewers is stored for comparison with data from future tests to show deterioration over time.
  • A company which has developed a cloud-based workflow software which delivers information to field-based technicians in the water (and other) industries.
  • A company which provides innovative autonomous sampling and measurement solutions for environmental monitoring applications. It addresses the pollution monitoring and water quality markets, from the urban setting (drinking water, rain water and sanitation) to the natural environment (lakes, rivers, coastal waters and ocean waters), to large industrial sites (chemical facilities and nuclear plants).

The Blind Date session will be followed by networking drinks. The event is sponsored by Marks & Clerk and held in association with Isle Utilities.

For more information visit www.watertechinvest.com

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Water Tech Blind Date (Video)

In the spirit of Valentine's Day - and ahead of Cleantech Investor's Water Tech Blind Date event on 25 March 2014, here's an opportunity to view last year's competition to win investor and utility dates, which took place on Valentine's Day 2013, when Piers Clarke of Isle Utilities took on the role of Cilla Black:


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Water: A Holistic Approach and Innovation is Needed and the Signs are Good.

First published on the Cleantech Investor website, February 2013.

British WaterIan Bernard, Technical Manager at British Water, shares his views on water management and technical innovation in the UK water industry with Cleantech magazine. Ian Bernard will speak at Water Tech Invest on 14 February 2013.

Good water management, in the view of Ian Bernard, requires a holistic approach to water management and an increase in innovation if the industry is to be sustainable.  The industry must incorporate the water cycle in its entirety in water management and take more risk with innovation, an approach which, in the past 20 years, Bernard believes has not been adopted in the UK.  However, times are changing as water utilities are working more on ‘upstream’ projects and surface water drainage schemes, while the water utilities and the supply chain companies are communicating much more ‘face to face’ on emerging technologies. In Bernard's view, the government bodies Ofwat, Defra and the Technology Strategy Board should take note.

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