WaterCitizen 501(c)3 Presents...

WaterPitch! DC

The Water Startup Matching Extravaganza!


(Check Regularly for Updates!)

Tuesday, March 19 | Washington, DC

At American University's Constitution Hall



For Tuesday, March 19, 2024

NOTE: Startup Pitch Themes May Change Based On Startup Registrations Received


Additional Reverse Pitch and Pitch Presenters Being Confirmed

(Last updated 02/29/24)

Pre-Event Preparations
(Pitching Startup & Reverse Pitching Presenters Only!)

1) March 8 & March 15: Virtual Pitch Prep & Practice Sessions
With WaterPitch Planning Committee & Guest Coaches

Friday, March 8th Noon-1pm and 2:30-3:30pm EST

Friday, March 15th Noon-1pm and 2:30-3:30pm EST

(Click HERE to Register - PRESENTERS ONLY)

2) March 18: In-Person Presentation Coaching
And Clinics (Startup Law, Intro to SBIR)

Clinics Led By:

Anthony Millin, Esq. Shulman Rogers NEXT Startup Law

Derek Parks, Commercialization Manager, NOAA Technology Partnerships Office

Tenley-Friendship Library
4450 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

(across from Tenleytown Metro, AU Shuttle to Campus)

3-5pm (We will have Presentation Coaching in one room
while holding Clinics in another room)
(Click HERE to Register - PRESENTERS ONLY)

3) March 18: Presenters Dinner

Will head to dinner at one of the many restaurants across the street from the Tenleytown Metro/Tenley-Friendship Library (Pay On Your Own)
Location TBD

(Click HERE to Register - PRESENTERS ONLY)

March 19th THE MAIN EVENT!!!

8:00am - 8:15am

Sponsored Light Breakfast & Registration & Expo Setup

8:15-9:00 Opening General Session

Welcome from Dr. Cat Shrier, WaterCitizen

Opening Comments by Host and Major Sponsors

TBD, AU School of Public Affairs

Dan Fiorino, Director, AU Center of Environmental Policy

Tommy White, AU Veloric Center for Entrepreneurship

Doug Hatler, Environmental Business Ventures (EBV)

Conference Planning Committee & Moderator Introductions

Supporting Water Entrepreneurs:

How to Get the Most Out of Today’s Program
DrCat Shrier, WaterCitizen.Org

9:00am - 10:00am

Startup Pitches Round 1:

Municipal Water/Wastewater/Stormwater, Infrastructure,
and Green Buildings

Moderator: Ian Fisk, Mentor Capital Network

  • Aquapitas (DC), Alexander Rovalino (B.Biomed. Eng) "Delivering Pipe Condition Data at Speed & Scale to Predict Water Main Breaks So You Can Prevent Them"
  • Green Compass LLC (DC), Nicole Whalen (MA Global Sust., Water Res. Mgmt) "Design, build, and operate green infrastructure solutions for commercial and multifamily buildings to rapidly reduce the emissions of the built environment."
  • Infrasync (TX), Andrew Swirsky P.E. (BS Civil Eng.) "Planning, Deploying, and Operating Smart Utility Programs"
  • Intelligent Water Services USA (NJ), Jennifer Loudon (M.S. Env. Sci.)"A Better Way For Utilities to Manage Data and Operational Technology with Blockchain"
  • ISeeChange (LA), Julia Kumari Drapkin (MS Journalism) "Combining resident-generated stories, photos, and weather measurements with sensor data and cutting-edge AI to transforming data into actionable insights."
  • SynergyGrid LLC (MD), Jordan Taylor "Sustainable real estate development company that provides low-cost, energy-efficient housing, that removes the economic, health, and mental burdens on families especially minorities and people of color."
  • The Gaia Box (MD), Thaddeus Payton "Gaia Agricultural Technology is a distruptive agriculture technology startup that uses irrigation water to run microhydro to provide energy for irrigation"

10:00am - 10:15am

Sponsored Break

10:15am - 11:15am

Reverse Pitches: Water Sector and Federal Funding & Contracting Opportunities

Moderator: Antony Seppi, Alloy Development Co.

11:15am - 11:30am

Sponsored Break

11:30am - 12:30pm
Startup Pitches Round 2:
Industrial/Commercial/Residential Water/Wastewater/Stormwater
and Environmental Remediation

Moderator: Doug Hatler, Environmental Business Ventures (EBV)

  • 1WaterMark (NC), Kobe Nagar, MS (Mat. Eng.) "Setting a rigorous water standard for food, beverage, and cosmetic consumer products to elevate water quality efficiency and stewardship"
  • Aruna (NJ), Ameet Chaudhury (MS Tech. Mgmt) "Tertiary Water Treatment for High Water Use/High Water Quality Industries at Dramatically Reduced Costs"
  • DMR International (IL), Rick Latella "Responsible Materials For A Sustainable Future, Reducing Impact to Water Resources with Environmentally-Friendly Plastics, including PurAsure™ Pellets for water filtration devices"
  • Enspired Solutions (MI), Denise Kay, Ph.D. (Env. Tox.) "Eliminating PFAS with Onsite Technology with the PFASigator™ - Connecting Existing Water Treatment Systems and Eliminating the Need for Off-Site Disposal"
  • Forager Station (DC), Patrick Ho, S.M. (Mech. Eng.) "Sustainable Scaleable Efficient Lithium Collection Using Direct Lithium Extration (DLE) to Purify and Concentrate Lithium from Brine"
  • NeoTech Aqua (CA), George Diefenthal "Exceed lamps, a new lamp technology powerful enough to mineralize the organic compounds, including NDMA, 1,4-dioxane, and PFAS"
  • Trevi Systems (WA), Shan Yong, Ph.D., PMP "Developing Zero-Carbon Desalination & Brine Concentration Technologies for the Most Challenging Waters"

12:30pm - 1:15pm

Networking Lunch

1:15pm -2:15am

Reverse Pitches: Venture Capitalists & Angel Investors

Moderator: Chuck Martz, Blue Arch Development LLC

2:15pm - 2:30pm

Sponsored Break

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Startup Pitches Round 3:

Climate & Sustainability, Ecosystem & Water Resource/Ocean Restoration, Global Water/Sanitation/Health (WASH)

Moderator: Dave Feldman, Bethesda Green

  • AirWater2All (Sweden), Niclas Andersson "Cutting-Edge Technology to Transform Air Into Clean Water Without Costly Investment"
  • Folia Water (MA), Ian Fisk "World's First Water Filter Sold As A Mass Market Grocery Staple"
  • Hydronomy (DC), Xavier Henderson "Creating water out of air using solar and meeting the needs of underserved communities" (AU Center for Innovation Incubator Graduate)
  • RainGrid (Canada), Natalija Vojno "Capture the Value of Rain with Intelligent Rain Retention & Reuse (IR3) Systems"
  • SmartTerra (India), Gokul Krishna "SmartTerra's AI-powered analytics software helps water utilities quickly and continuously localize real and apparent water losses; improve revenue; and ensure long asset-life"
  • Sunfish (TX), Alberto Lopez "A User Friendly and Person-Portable Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) with Field Proven AI and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)"
  • CaDev Capacity Development, Chaiwe Mushauko (Zambia) "Capacity development through training, coaching, technical assistance, and knowledge transfer and management."
  • Our Future First (Canada), Natalija Vojno "Creating an enabling process for collaboration where core values can be expressed and alternative outcomes imagined through transformative dialogue"

3:30pm - 3:45pm

Sponsored Break

3:45pm -4:30pm

Reverse Pitches: "An Ecosystem of Support"
Water Startup Incubators, Accelerators, Clusters & Communities

Moderator: Justin Brodie-Kommit, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Baltimore Climate Tech Meetups

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Closing Keynote: The Future of Water Entrepreneurs:
DrCat Shrier, WaterCitizen

Best Pitch Awards and Other Recognition and Closing Statements

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Sponsored Reception

THANKS to our Sponsors!

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