SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Nestlé Waters North America has joined Imagine H2O’s (IH2O) “Beta Partner” program, a global network of sector leaders focused on developing and deploying early-stage water technology.
Nestlé Waters North America will join IH2O’s global network of leading organisations in the industrial, agricultural and municipal sectors committed to supporting water entrepreneurs and innovators.
The network is designed to provide members with access to vetted start-ups and technologies addressing critical water issues.
Since 2009, IH2O has supported over 550 start-ups in more than 30 countries across a diverse range of sectors, including food and agriculture, water and wastewater treatment, quality monitoring, and water data and analytics.
IH2O’s accelerator participants represent one in every 10 dollars of early-stage investment in the water industry.
Scott Bryan, president, Imagine H2O, said: "Providing entrepreneurs with access to customers in strategic markets is critical to our programming. For the beverage industry, engaging water technology start-ups is an opportunity to advance the market for water innovation and support new solutions to water resource challenges.”
Nelson Switzer, chief sustainability officer for Nestlé Waters North America, said: “Population growth, urbanisation and increasingly volatile weather patterns continue to present challenges with respect to our shared water resources. We must identify and encourage innovation to overcome these challenges.”