3 - 5 June 2019

Imagine H2O Smart Water Hub

Environmental sustainability through water innovation


During Aquatech China 2018, Imagine H2O, Isle Utilities and PureTerra Ventures hosted the Smart Water Hub featuring 18 start-ups from 12 countries. The companies were evaluated for market readiness, commercial viability and impact on China’s water resource sustainability.


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Outcomes


Promising solutions for water resilient communities


The Smart Water Hub exhibitors offered promising solutions - from decentralized wastewater treatment to satellite imagery for leak detection.

Three technology businesses received special recognition by a judging panel: OxyMem, a high efficiency membrane aerated bioreactor wastewater treatment system; Cerahelix, an innovative ceramic filter technology; and Mitte, a smart home water purification system.

 

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"The hub provided a golden bridge to connect talented water entrepreneurs from Australia, Europe, India, Israel and North America with Chinese partners and customers. In addition to providing participants with valuable connections, the event informed a Chinese audience about the role of water technology in enhancing quality of life and protecting the environment. We at Beijing Cycle Columbus are really proud to be the sole sponsor of the Smart Water Hub 2018."

Mr. Yang Dai Director of Sales and Marketing of Beijing Cycle Columbus

"The start-up pitches proved the point that the opportunity for a company to present on a platform that brings their vision to life is of immeasurable value. It was clear that a lot of the technologies presented have a real chance of success in the Chinese market."

Son Nguyen VP of Ventures at Baosteel

PROGRAMME 2018

 

Thursday, 31 May

10:30-12:00

Imagine H2O Smart Water Hub Forum
Challenges and Opportunities for Deployment of Water Innovation in China

(20 minutes)

Keynote: Overview from a China Water Business Veteran
Alex Zhang, Chairman and Managing Partner, Amane Advisors China

(10 minutes each)

Case Studies: Insights from Innovation Leaders
Brief 5-10 minute presentations of practical case studies which highlight the opportunities and challenges for the deployment of water innovation in China
BASF Petronas Chemical Plant & Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP)
360° waterproofing and protective coating for concrete substrates in aggressive wastewater treatment environments
Tsing Capital
Examples of why promising startups from overseas may struggle in China - common pitfalls and opportunities
Suez
Recent technical advances in Suex China’s wide-ranging operations

(40 minutes)

Panel Discussion
Moderated dialogue that will summarize lessons learned from the case studies presented and highlight strategies moving forward to accelerate the deployment of global water innovation in China
Alex Zhang, Chairman and Managing Partner, Amane Advisors China (Moderator)
Virginie Francois, Regional Business Segment Manager, BASF Construction Chemicals Asia Pacific
Larry Zhang, Managing Director Tsing Capital
Shirley Wang, Data Lead, Suez

12:00-12:20

Smart Water Hub Tour (Chinese language)
20 minute guided tour with Chinese translation of Imagine H2O Smart Water Hub exhibitors

12:30-13:00

Workshop: Supporting Commercialization of Global Technologies in New Markets – Lessons from India
Dr. Lakhwinder S. Hundal, CTO, Water and Wastewater, InNow LLC

14:00-15:30

Smart Water Pitches
Hear from entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to China’s water challenges. Ten minute pitches with Q&A from a distinguished group of judges.
Smart Water Hub Exhibitors presenting include:
Optiqua (Netherlands); Oxymem (Ireland); Cerahelix (USA); Utilis (Israel); Puralytics (USA); Nanospun (Israel)

 
 

Friday, 1 June

10:30-12:00

Imagine H2O Smart Water Hub Forum
Emerging Innovation Trends in China - What makes China unique?

(20 minutes)

Keynote: Practical Approaches to Wastewater Innovation in China
Dr. Lin Xiao, General Manager, Beijing Cycle Columbus

(10 minutes each)

Case Studies: Insights from Innovation Leaders
Brief 5-10 minute presentations of practical case studies to highlight emerging water technology trends across different sectors in China

Jiangsu Binhai Coastal Chemical Industry Park: Cleanpath Shitai modularization of the wastewater treatment system by researching
and developing key Innovative technologies (ECR and ED, MABR)
Zhejiang Institute of Hydraulics and Estuary, Hangzhou, China: Feasibility Technology to Build Detention Basin in Coastal Plain Areas in Zhejiang Province
Novozymes: Recent deployments of Novozymes operations in China with their proprietary enzyme technology

(40 minutes)

Panel Discussion
Moderated dialogue that will summarize the lessons learned from the case studies presented and identify strategies moving forward to accelerate the deployment of global water innovation in China

Tao Li, China Director, International Water Association (IWA)
Xiao Lin, Cycle Columbus
Alexander Crowell, Managing Partner PureTerra Ventures
Wetskills delegate

12:00-12:20

Smart Water Hub Tour (Chinese language)
20 minute guided tour with Chinese translation of Imagine H2O Smart Water Hub exhibitors

12:30-13:00

Workshop: The Elements of Successful Representative Agreements and Partnerships
Utilis Corp & Roots Group Limited partnership in China

14:00-15:30

Smart Water Hub Pitches
Hear from entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to China’s water challenges. Ten minute pitches with Q&A from a distinguished group of judges.

Smart Water Hub Exhibitors presenting include:
Drylet (USA); Eomap (Germany); SENTRY (Canada); Aquarius Spectrum (Israel); Tusaar (USA); Bluewater (Sweden)

16:00-17:00

Smart Water Hub Reception
Powered by Cycle Columbus

 
 

Saturday, 2 June

10:30-12:00

Smart Water Hub Pitches
Hear from entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to China’s water challenges. Ten minute pitches with Q&A from a distinguished group of judges

Smart Water Hub Exhibitors presenting include:
Hydro-dis (Australia); Mitte (Germany); Vienna Water Monitoring (Austria); Arvia (UK); Systea (Italy)

12:00-12:30

Imagine H2O Smart Water Hub Award Ceremony
Powered by Cycle Columbus

 

You can find the Smart Water Hub at Aquatech China, at stand 7.1H9125

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