Veolia partners with Water Council, WEDC on competition

Freeman Staff

April 16, 2015

MILWAUKEE — A Wisconsin business and two organizations have come together to create a national competition to support entrepreneurship and economic development while fostering sustainability efforts in the field of water.

Veolia, The Water Council and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation made the announcement Thursday. The three entities have agreed to work together to develop a two-year program called “POW! emPowering Opportunities in Water.” As part of the agreement, a nationwide challenge to entrepreneurs and startup companies revolving around specific areas of interest would be announced. Startups that have the highest likelihood of solving the challenge will be chosen to enter the program.

Submission guidelines and further details about the “POW!” program will be announced soon.

“We are thrilled to be working with Veolia on a major entrepreneurship project,” said Dean Amhaus, The Water Council’s president & CEO, who signed a memorandum of understanding in Paris with Laurent Auguste, Veolia’s senior executive vice president innovation and markets. “Milwaukee is truly the home of water technology and water entrepreneurship in the U.S., as seen by the increasing number of startups that have been attracted to the Global Water Center since its opening.”