WaterVent -
Corporate Venturing Forum in the water tech nexus

WaterVent can be perceived as a Corporate Venturing Forum in the water tech nexus. water technology innovators have to cope with two main challenges:

  • I. funding (by VC, corporates, charities & foundations, Family Offices, private individuals, public grants & loans)
  • II. detecting and convincing (first) Clients (application references!) - industrial corporates, farmers, real estate owners and utilities which are open minded (courageous?) to give new and - often - disruptive technologies a trial

WaterVent is a platform dedicated to matching innovators and these two groups by showcasting water technology innovations to those who are in need of and/or who want to engage in.

Startups Elevator Pitch 250 $/SFR/€ only

# of new leads

* = new leads
entrepreneurs with
potential Clients and
investors reported

Berlin: 56*
Leuuwarden: 45*
London: 78*
Zurich: 90*
Philadelphia (3): 210*
Ras Al Khaimah (UAE): 76*
New York City: 85*

What is special about WaterVent?

  • we want to present some 40 entrepreneurs
  • we welcome any stages
  • we welcome any water related businesses incl. neighbouring sectors (like blue and green biotechnology, agriculture, forest sciences…)
  • we are coaching all entrepreneurs the day before
  • we are focussed on matching; only small amount of keynotes & general speeches
  • we attract also “hidden” industrial (corporate) investors
  • we are independent and a platform only provider
  • we are targeting a global audience
  • we attract also water tech entrepreneurs from upcoming regions like India, South Africa, China, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Russia
  • Based in Berlin we want to bring in german water tech expertise and are happy to assist in the access to german and european water technology sector

„Water is not virtual: You can not suck water from the internet!”

Ulf Leonhard, Initiator of WaterVent

The first matchmaking platform in water technologies designed to bring exclusively (sic!) water technology (and those related in the water nexus) entrepreneurs and investors together in an exclusive, non-conference, one-on-one setting in order to accelerate growth by support in attracting (first) clients, assess business opportunities and facilitate financing in the water sector.

WaterVent differentiates its offering by:

  • Being entrepreneur driven
  • Covering all growth stages – from start-up to established
  • Tailoring matchmaking between innovators, investors and potential users
  • Rendering a global network with access to all relevant water tech experts, investors, corporates, incubators and clusters
  • Global spread of attendees and database from all relevant water ”active” innovative regions
  • Short presentations. No boring 45 minutes speeches….
  • Including all adjacent technologies in the water nexus (i.e. green & blue biotech, aquaculture, food, urban and precision farming, resilient cities, fertilizers…)
  • We offer matchmaking events as well as individualized advisory services to best serve your needs – whether you are an entrepreneur or investor.

WaterVent’s growing success in six years

The organizers in their 6th Watervent in RasAl Khaimah, UAE
The organizers in their 8th Watervent in BakerHostetler’s Manhattan Office

The Global Risks Landscape 2015
Impact and likelihood of global risks on reports.weforum.org