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Watervent - Funding in the Water Nexus

No congress: Matching forum! - on April 25, 2024 at Berlin

Watervent is deliberately not a congress but a forum matching startups with investors, partners, clients:We do welcome > 60 innovators presenting: any stage, all along water technologies, ag, food, aquaculture, blue & green biotech, algae (pitch fee is USD 600 only).
 
© Ulf LeonhardAttracting funding and clients in the water technology sector presents both exciting opportunities and unique challenges.
 
Here's a breakdown of key points to consider:
 
Challenges:
  • Competitive Landscape: The water tech space is crowded with established players and innovative startups. Standing out and demonstrating your value proposition requires a clear and compelling message.
  • Risk Aversion: Clients, especially large utilities, can be hesitant to adopt new technologies due to perceived risks. Building trust and showcasing successful pilots is crucial.
  • Funding Gap: While interest in water tech is growing, securing funding, particularly for early-stage startups, can be challenging. Investors often seek proven solutions with clear pathways to profitability.
 Opportunities:
  • Growing Demand: Water scarcity, pollution, and infrastructure upgrades drive the demand for innovative water solutions, creating a large market potential.
  • Emerging Technologies: Advancements in areas like desalination, membrane filtration, and data analytics offer exciting possibilities for tackling water challenges.
  • Supportive Ecosystem: Incubators, accelerators, and grant programs are increasingly focused on water tech, providing valuable resources and connections.
 Strategies:
  • Clearly define your niche: Identify a specific water challenge your technology addresses and tailor your message to resonate with relevant clients.
  • Focus on impact: Quantify the environmental and economic benefits your solution delivers to attract clients and investors.
  • Build a strong team: Assemble a team with expertise in water technology, business development, and fundraising.
  • Leverage networks: Connect with industry experts, investors, and potential clients through relevant conferences, events, and online platforms.
  • Showcase success stories: Develop case studies and testimonials from satisfied clients to demonstrate your technology's effectiveness.
  • Seek grants and awards: Apply for funding opportunities that support water innovation and can validate your technology.
  • Partner with established players: Collaborate with larger companies to gain access to their market reach and expertise.
  • Stay informed: Keep track of industry trends, regulations, and funding opportunities to adapt your strategy accordingly.
  • Remember, success in water technology requires a combination of technical innovation, a clear value proposition, and a strategic approach to funding and client attraction. By leveraging available resources and building strong relationships, you can navigate the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities in this vital sector.

 Watervent - No congress: Matching forum!

  • Preparation:
    Multiple meetings of all participants to get to know each other personally (zoom)
    Coaching of the startups for their presentations: zoom and .....
    All participants will be published in our Watervent Community on request
  • Day before the forum (April 24th)
    ....Coaching of the startups for their presentations the day before (all speakers will be invited)
  • On the forum:
    All our speakers want to support innovation and startups!
    Personal contacts; reception in the evening
  • Follow-up:
    Compendium of all startups will be sent to all participants of all Watervent Forum (approx. 7,200) and published on the site
    Additionally in the Linkedin profile Ulf Leonhard (approx. 28,000 first degrees) and in the Linkedin Watervent group (approx. 4,600 members)
    (on request) Compendium of all participants will be created and sent to all participants of all Watervent forums and published on the site. We personally recommend startups to potential investors and users from our global network on a case-by-case basis

Kontakt: Leonhard Ventures Potsdam | ulf.leonhard@leoven.com | www.watervent.com


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