28th Watervent- USEPA
October 10th, 2023
Cincinnati, Ohio
Draft as per march 27th, 2023

08:30 Registration
Coffee and pastries
09:15 a.m. Welcome | Moderator: Sally Gutierrez, USEPA
Dr. Pat Limbach, Vice President for Research, University of Cincinnati
Dr. Gregory Sayles, Director, Center for Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response, Office of Research and Development, USEPA, Cincinnati, Ohio
Mr. Ulf Leonhard, WaterVent, Potsdam, Germany
Marcia Brandstandt, US Department of Commerce, Cincinnati, Ohio USA
09:30 a.m. Introduction
Introduction of Planning Committee
09:45 a.m. Presentations by Start-ups Part I
(parallel sessions if needed)
(Focus on monitoring/AI/Digital solutions)
Moderator: Dean Amhaus, Water Council, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
10:45 a.m. Break | Refreshments
11:15 a.m. Water Technologies Investors Panel
(This Panel will be divided into 2 groups, one focused on Treatment and the other on Digital Technologies and services)
Chuck Martz, Moderator
Khalil Maalouf, Investment Partner, XPV Water Partners, Toronto, Canada (Tentative)
Cincinnati Queen City Angels (tbc)
Damian Georgino, Womble Bond Dickinson (US), LLP
Will Sarni, Colorado River Basin Fund, LP and Water Foundry
David Balsar, General Manager Innovation and Ventures at MEKOROT (tbc)
Simon Olivier, Head of Bleu Impact Water Fund and Senior Partner at Cycle Capital
12:00 a.m. Presentation by Start-ups Part II
(parallel sessions if needed)
(Focus on PFAS/infrastructure Companies)
Moderators: Michael Gonzalez, EPA and Antony Seppi, Alloy Development Co.
1:00 p.m. | LUNCH
2:00 p.m. Reverse Pitch – What Drinking Water and Wastewater Utility Needs
Moderator: Paul O’Callahan, BlueTech Research, Cork, Ireland (tbc)
TBD, Greater Cincinnati Water Works, Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Scott Bessler, Cincinnati MSD, Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Ting Lu, Clean Water Services, Portland, Oregon (tbc)
Josiah Cox, President, Central States Water Resources
2:45 p.m. Presentations by Start-ups Part III
(parallel sessions if needed)
Moderators: Will Sarni, Colorado River Basin Fund, LP and Water Foundry, USA and Ann Capell, Altix Consulting, USA
3:45 p.m. Break | Refreshments
4:00 p.m. A Water Entrepreneurs Journey to Success
Oliver Lawal, President & CEO, Aquisense Technologies, Erlanger, Kentucky, USA
4:20 p.m. Reverse Pitch
Corporates with strong water needs
5:00 p.m. What Makes Water Companies Successful?
Damian Georgino, Womble Bond Dickinson (US), LLP, New York City, USA
5:20 p.m. Water Tech Incubators, Clusters, Universities, Foundations
Moderator: Marcia Brandstadt, US Department of Commerce, Cincinnati
Cleveland Water Alliance
Milwaukee Water Council
Current (tbc)
Korean Water Cluster/Korean Water Partnership (Tbc))
Water Alliance, Hein Molenkamp, Managing Director, Leeuwarden, Netherlands (tbc)
5:50 p.m. Brief summary of the day, thank you’s
Ulf Leonhard, WaterVent, Planning Committee Members, Sponsors
6:00 p.m. Reception