Water

Our water systems are encountering such severe threats that a quarter of humanity faces looming water crises. We invest in solutions that tackle water reuse and resource recovery, access and affordability, and unique business models and approaches that can break down barriers to the adoption of innovation.

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Can we build a better WATER system?

We Invest In:

  • Emerging contaminants – pfas! pharma, microplastics 
  • Stormwater management and flood resiliency solutions 
  • Water resource recovery 
  • Digital solutions
  • Industrial treatment applications
  • Energy efficiency in operating processes
  • Membrane optimization 
  • Pipeline health
  • The nexus areas with water: agriculture, energy, circular economy  
  • Decentralized treatment 
  • Water financial products 
  • Water recycling and reuse 

In the last year, inequities around access to clean, safe water have become even more pronounced while our critical water systems continue to be tested by emerging contaminants, aging infrastructure, and climate-related stresses. At the same time, we’ve seen just how resilient the sector can be. Moving forward, there is a real opportunity for the next generation of technologies to demystify water and provide a holistic understanding of how people, companies, and cities can collaborate to become better water stewards.

 

Kim Baker | Director of Water Innovation

Beyond funding, we help to pull key commercial and market inflection points forward.

We take a systems approach to innovation

Water x Public Health

Impacts to our water and wastewater systems can also impact public health. We invest in companies like Kando who is building hardware and software to help to detect and reduce pollution events, and FREDsense who has developed portable water quality sensors for rapid contaminant analysis.

Water innovation for traditional infrastructure

Unique business models and approaches to innovation can help navigate the industryʻs challenges around adopting new solutions. We invest in companies like Transcend who is accelerating the once manual preliminary engineering process for water treatment and other industrial facilities.

Water reuse and recovery

How can we make use of components in wastewater that are worthy of reuse, for energy, for fertilizer, and beyond? We invest in companies like Cambrian who is recovering sustainable resources from wastewater.

A Platform For Global Impact

We have built a platform for startups primed for commercial growth to collaborate with corporates, philanthropists, VCs, policymakers, and community organizations to achieve global impact. Meet some of our closest partners in this sector. 

Emerson Collective is a social change organization that is working to renew some of society’s most calcified systems.

Conservation International is working to build a healthier, more prosperous, and more productive planet through science, policy, and partnerships with countries, communities, and companies. Over the years, they have helped support 1,200 protected areas and interventions across 77 countries, protecting more than 601 million hectares of land, marine, and coastal areas.

Ulupono is a Hawaii-focused impact investing firm.

Severn Trent is a UK-based water and wastewater company in the FTSE 100 (100 largest companies in the UK). The Severn Trent Water Authority was created as one of 10 state-run regional water utilities in 1973, and became a private company when the UK privatized its water sector in 1989. Today, the company serves 4.3 million homes and businesses in the Midland region.

GS is comprised of GS Holdings and various subsidiaries and affiliates including GS Energy, GS Caltex, GS Retail, GS SHOP, GS EPS, GS Global, GS E&R, GS Sports and GS E&C. GS is the 7th largest business group in Korea in terms of assets.

HomeServe USA is an independent provider of home repair service solutions since 2003. HomeServe serves more than 4 million homeowners in the U.S. and Canada and offers services with more than 700 municipal, utility and association partners in the US. And Canada.

Schneider Electric provides energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability.

Kilroy owns and manages innovative, sustainable properties located in vibrant business epicenters.

How Do I Get Involved?

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FOR CORPORATES, INVESTORS, PHILANTHROPISTS, GOVERNMENT, AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

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