Accelerate H2O Announces "InvestH2O 2016: The Texas Water Technology Investor Forum" in Austin Texas, June 16 - 17th

Category: Investment, Water


SAN ANTONIO, TX - May 16, 2016 (www.waternewswire.com) Accelerate H20 will convene its second annual Texas Water Technology Investor Forum on Thursday and Friday, June 16 - 17 th , in Austin, Texas . The 2015 inaugural event was attended by 135 global, national and regional water , technology, and investment experts. AccelerateH2O is a Texas statewide entity created to promote the discovery, demonstration and investment in new and existing technologies that have potential to fill demands and needs in Texas' $9 billion water technol ogy market.

"Investment in new technology is desperately needed if the water industry is to tackle grand challenges ahead. We are bringing together global experts with Texas investors to identify opportunities and address limitations to bringing world - cla ss innovative water technologies to key stakeholders in Texas. In turn, the Forum recognizes that we have new technologies and the brainpower within the state that we can introduce to the rest of the world," said Ed Archuleta, Chairman of AccelerateH2O and the former President of the El Paso Water System.

This year's InvestH2O Forum includes updates on global and national venture, private equity, and public infrastructure investments representing examples of both early - stage commercialization and large - sca le projects. Global Water Intelligence's Paul Hasler, KPMG's Ed Crook s , XPV Capital's Debra Coy, and ImagineH2O's Scott Bryan will kickoff the two - day agenda with a recap of 2015 and the first half of 2016.

Keynote panels, breakout sessions, and invitatio n - only roundtables have been organized to present emerging, growth - stage and proven technologies in a number of sectors including Oil and Gas, Food and Beverage, Commercial Real Estate and Residential Property. Expert moderators from the national and state industry associations, societies, and consortia will introduce challenges in water treatment, reuse, and conservation, as well as technologies from around the US and the world to address issues in seawater and brackish desalination, produced water from th e energy field, leak detection, and over 30+ similar areas of market interest.

From Dow Water to Deloitte, from Fathom Labs to GE, speakers and panelists will engage with representatives from family offices, venture capital firms, corporate venture directors, finance and banking services to identify immediate and near - term investment opportunities, partnerships, and bankable deal - flow. "InvestH2O is the only Texas water technology event that has consistently sought to to connect all forms of capital with market - ready products, services, and integrated platform breakthroughs," noted Ru ss Conser, former Senior Vice President, Shell USA's GameChanger program, and member of the AccelerateH2O Advisory Committee.

AccelerateH2O will announce collaborations with the US Water Partnership, Water Research Foundation, Technology Ventures Corpor ation (Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories), and other unique investment - focused initiatives to strengthen returns - on - investment for agriculture, industrial, residential, and utility interests.

Special emphasis will be directed towards advancing p ublic - private partnerships, multi - million dollar infrastructure projects, and the removal of barriers and limitations to deploying more capital across the State's urban and rural market demands. Two invitation roundtables have been scheduled – "Cost and Ec onomics of Innovating Water in the Oil and Gas Sector" and " Innovating Utilities, Authorities and Public Sector Water Operations ".

On the evening of June 16 th , a reception honoring "Water Innovators" including former State Senator John Montford, former El Paso Water Utility President Ed Archuleta, University of Texas at Austin's David Maidment, and other individuals that have forged the makings of Texas into a global water innovation hub.

InvestH2O 2016 will close on June 17 th with presentations from Accel erateH2O's "Innovative Water Technology Demonstration Hubs" launched or in the planning stages for produced water, brackish desalination and advanced treatment, coastal resilience, data and instrument integration. And announcements will be made for " WaterQ uests ' – statewide competitions – and a "Special Purpose Investment Vehicle" Working Group to expedite project development in the $10 - 50 million range.

The agenda, speaker bios, pre - read materials and sponsorship opportunities for the Forum can be found at http://www.InvestH2O.com. Additional keynote speakers and special guests will be updated frequently. Media attendance and interview requests should be directed to Peter Beland in care of pbeland@stepwellwater.com.

About Accelerate H2O

There will always be water challenges in Texas as well as barriers and limitations to innovating water. AccelerateH2O was formed to identify the most efficient an d effective pathway for technology development and deployment across Texas' residential, industrial, agricultural, and utility end - users. With over eighteen university research centers, 4600 water agencies, 5000+ medium and large corporate campuses, and th ousands of farms and ranches, Texas represents an undiscovered $9 billion water technology marketplace. We connect the market of ideas, resources, expertise, and products to position the State as a Global Water Innovation Hub. Additional information, inclu ding background on Executive and Advisory Committee members, past reports and programs, and the Texas Water Innovation Clearinghouse can be found at www.AccelerateH2O.org

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