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WaterVent - water innovations meet the water sector
Before we too head off for the Christmas break, we head into the
international world of water infrastructure. Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 15, 2020, we will be pitching at the
virtual WaterVent event and for more health and environmental protection in water treatment.
innovations in the water sector
Berlin-based WaterVent sees itself as a corporate venturing forum in the water technology sector, an independent platform that brings
water-related innovators together with their stakeholders in a global context.
Innovators in water technology face two major challenges, as identified by WaterVent (and perceived as such also by us):
1. Funding - from venture capital, corporations, charities, foundations, family offices, individuals, public grants and loans.
2. Application references, i.e., finding and convincing early customers - industrial companies, farmers, property owners, and utilities who are open (brave?) to try new and - possibly - disruptive technologies.
WaterVent's mission is to bring
innovators and these two groups together by introducing water technology innovations to those who need them and/or want to get involved. For that, we simply say THANK YOU! In our view, this hits a neuralgic point.
water sector's ambivalent relationship with innovation
, especially the German one, has the reputation (we can confirm this, too, from our own experience) of not being the most open to innovative processes and approaches. While the call for innovation and change is loud and politically demanded here as well as everywhere else (key words: United Nations Sustainability Goals
, Germany´s Nationale Wasserstrategie
or Spurenstoffstrategie des Bundes
), actual new ideas are met with extreme reluctance, if not outright rejection. Why should established companies with processes and plants that have sold well up to now make room for others, even voluntarily and for example, without pressure from the legislator regarding limit values for microplastics?
public, everyone is open to innovation, environmental and health protection
. Behind the scenes, the race for markets and customers is on. Those who, like us, act in an environmentally and health-oriented manner and value
social and ecological impact
more highly than individual profit, often receive no more than an appreciative pat on the back coupled with a mild smile. But - not always!
We found them
The last few months have also brought us the experience that they do exist: The open, supportive and sustainably oriented actors in the water sector. Intrinsically motivated people who share our
vision and mission for water without microplastics and micropollutants
They are the ones we are counting on. Because we are convinced that we are on a future-oriented path
. We are convinced that we as society and humanity can no longer afford not
to act in a way that protects our health and the environment.