Water Works: Connecting Start-up Solutions with Water Challenges
A competitive international field of talented start-ups have pitched their innovative ideas to solve genuine water challenges and generate new commercial outcomes as part of a unique campaign run by Melbourne Water and City West Water.
The two metropolitan water authorities are partnering with corporate innovation consultancy and start-up accelerator, Collective Campus, to develop Water Works - a corporate start-up partnership designed to drive innovation in the water sector.
Water Works invited small and emerging businesses from across the globe to pitch their ideas around solving genuine water challenges and generating new commercial outcomes.
A flood of applications ensued from across the globe in response to the three industry challenges presented.
- Continuous monitoring and detection of irregularities at private and rough terrain
- Driving customer water efficiency behaviour change
- Accurate water forecasting using new or novel approaches.
From a shortlist of 50, 14 organisations were asked to present to a combined group of judges, subject matter experts and executives from across Melbourne Water and City West Water.
Their concepts, potential for impact and feasibility of ideas were all assessed as part of the process.
On the back of the success of this program, Collective Campus is planning to run WaterWorks 2.0.
Water bodies and associations interested in participating can express their interest at waterworks.collectivecampus.io