The BREW, formerly the Global Freshwater Seed Accelerator, is launching Round II of the program. The application process opened March 4, and accepts entries through April 4 at 11:59 p.m. (CST). Up to six winners will be selected by June 16, 2014, to participate in Round II beginning in September.

The BREW, the first-of-its-kind accelerator for water technology startups, was created by The Water Council and WEDC. The program demonstrates Milwaukee and Wisconsin’s reputation as a global center of excellence for water-related research and industry.


The water tech accelerator program debuted in 2013 and is led by The Water Council. WEDC provides funding of $50,000 investments for up to six water technology startups with commercialization potential. The WEDC funds are matched by industry representatives and The Water Council. During the six-month accelerator program, winning entrepreneurs receive:

  • A suite in the Global Water Center
  • Business model and operations training through The Water Council and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW) Institute for Water Business
  • Access to faculty and students from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) School for Freshwater Sciences
  • Access to the Global Water Center’s Flow Lab
  • Mentorship from dozens of area water technology experts
  • Attendance to conferences and pitch sessions with The Water Council
  • Access to investment capital funding sources, and most valuable of all, the Water Technology Network

Round I participants include: H2Oscore, Microbe Detectives, New Works, Noah Technologies and Vegetal Innovation & Development. These inaugural participants have extended their lease for another six months and graduate at the Water Summit on June 19, 2014.

Congratulations to these successful water tech startups and good luck to those applying for The BREW Round II! For more information, and to apply for the program, please visit: