Grundfos Sponsors Water Nonprofit Imagine H2O
Imagine H2O, founded in 2008, is a nonprofit that empowers entrepreneurs to solve global water problems through innovation and competition. At WEFTEC 2013, the company announced Grundfos’ sponsorship of its Food and Agriculture program.
The Food and Agriculture program seeks to improve water use, treatment, supply, or discharge in the Food and Agriculture sector through its support of emerging water businesses. Since 2008, Imagine H2O has attracted over 300 water startups from more than 15 companies to its competition program and provided over one million dollars of inkind services and cash awards to more than 35 businesses.
"Imagine H2O is honored to partner with a company that is globally recognized as a water innovation leader," says Scott Bryan, the organization’s COO. "Grundfos’ contribution to our program will enhance our value proposition to water entrepreneurs and startups."
Grundfos, a leading manufacturer of centrifugal and submersible pumps, is actively committed to improving the environment and global sustainability. The company celebrated its 40th year in North America in 2013 and employs more than 18,000 people globally.
"We believe business competitions like these will fuel the innovation engine and accelerate water technologies solutions for tomorrow," says Henrik Skov Laursen, director for Grundfos Silicon Valley. "Food, water and energy is high on our agenda, and with this year’s theme we believe the opportunity is now to bring startups to the table.
"Grundfos is keenly focused on fostering innovative water technologies that facilitate solutions to water scarcity, as well as associated energy and food production issues. We believe that team efforts and great networks will help solve issues – this is also why Grundfos is part of the BlueTechValley initiative together with other leading companies in California," says Laursen.
As a partner, Grundfos will support Imagine H2O's acceleration and implementation phases and be involved in the competition programming.