29 May 2023, Europe Tech Tour Water Tech 2023: A Pioneering Programme in Water Technology Innovation and Sustainability The first edition of the Tech Tour Water Tech 2023 programme, which brought together promising water tech entrepreneurs, investors, experts and coaches, concluded with a two-day event in Aarhus, Denmark, on 10-11 May. The programme was designed for companies developing tech solutions in areas such as pharmaceutical, production, water supply and wastewater, households and house developers, urban flooding and coastal protection, and water management tools. It was particularly beneficial for companies in the seed and series A investment phase, providing them with opportunities to refine their strategies, secure investment, and explore new opportunities and approaches. In the lead-up to the event, the pre-selected entrepreneurs participated in the Online Academy Sessions on 26-27 April 2023. These sessions offered them a unique opportunity to practice and fine-tune their investor pitches in front of a panel of coaches. The focus was on meeting the expectations of strategic partners and potential investors. Participants received guidance on their presentations, with feedback outlining the strengths and weaknesses of their propositions. The main event commenced with a networking dinner on the 10th of May, featuring a discussion on the suitability of venture capital for the WaterTech industry. The following day was filled with company pitching sessions, networking opportunities, and one-on-one meetings. The pitching sessions provided a platform for entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative solutions, followed by a Q&A session with industry experts. Among the many innovative companies that presented, the award winners stood out for their breakthroughs in water technology: renasys AS has developed a revolutionary wastewater filtration solution that eliminates 99% of particles above 5 microns. Their energy-efficient and scalable solution, coupled with their Advanced Fine Particle Filtration, has the potential to transform Wastewater Treatment Plants into Wastewater Resource Recovery Facilities - net energy producers supporting climate change mitigation by reducing CO2 emissions and fossil fuel dependency. Variolytics is a provider in the field of real-time analytics solutions. They are committed to environmental sustainability. Their EmiCo "Emission Control" System is designed to monitor and reduce the direct emissions of nitrous Oxide (N2O) and methane (CH4) in the wastewater treatment process, thereby enhancing efficiency and sustainability. Watercycle Technologies is a sustainability-driven startup that is redefining the way we perceive natural resources. Specialising in the selective recovery of critical minerals such as lithium, their expansive technology portfolio is applicable to primary resource extraction as well as the recycling of spent lithium-ion batteries, contributing to a greener future with a circular economy. Aquacycl is dedicated to helping industrial companies achieve operational, climate, and water goals. Their unique system, based on microbial fuel cell technology, reduces untreated wastewater discharge, freshwater demand, and greenhouse gas emissions, providing a comprehensive solution for wastewater treatment. ECOFARIO GmbH has made significant strides in addressing the global issue of microplastic and microparticle pollution. Their patented separation process can be installed in municipal or industrial wastewater treatment plants or in industrial process water circuits, enhancing product quality, reducing production costs, and minimising environmental impact. blue activity GmbH is revolutionising water treatment for industrial cooling towers. Their innovative use of microorganisms replaces 100% of the current hazardous substances in use, improving resource utilisation and significantly enhancing water quality. Loowatt has developed a proprietary waterless and energy-generating toilet system that is clean and odourless. Their patented sealing mechanism wraps human waste in biodegradable polymer film, offering pioneering applications to global markets wherever there is a need for high-quality, environmentally friendly toilet solutions. SolarDew is committed to addressing the urgent need for simple, affordable and robust drinking water solutions, particularly in water-scarce areas, through a novel solar desalination technology. Their products, which can produce clean drinking water from seawater in a single step, can be rapidly deployed, providing a sustainable and health-enhancing solution for households and communities. The Tech Tour Water Tech 2023 was a testament to the innovative spirit and commitment to sustainability in the water tech industry. This pioneering event not only provided a platform for companies to showcase their solutions but also fostered a sense of community among the participants, paving the way for future collaborations and advancements in the field. If you are interested in other programmes in the sustainability sector, check out our upcoming events here.