REGROUND project receives an award from EIT RawMaterials at EASME “Promoting market-ready water innovations – Investors’ café”, an event dedicated to exploitation, investment and market uptake of eco-innovative solutions in water and circular economy.  

On 12 June in Brussels, almost 100 attendees voted to select the project that, out of ten contestants, delivered the best business pitch in front of a panel of investors.

Congratulations to the winners of the competition:

  • MASLOWATEN: New eco-solution consisting of PV pumping systems for productive agriculture irrigation consuming zero conventional electricity and 30% less water.
  • REMEB: Eco-friendly ceramic membrane bioreactor based on recycled agricultural and industrial wastes for wastewater reuse.
  • POWERSTEP: Full-scale demonstration of energy positive sewage treatment plant concepts towards market penetration.

In addition, MASLOWATEN won free-of-charge access for two people to one of the Masterclasses organised by the EIT Climate KIC that offered the award.

A special prize was offered by EIT RawMaterials to the project REGROUND that aims at restoring contaminated aquifers by developing a novel technology for the injection of iron oxide nanoparticles into groundwater contaminant plumes. This project addresses mainly arsenic and the known major groundwater contaminants (barium, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, zinc). The REGROUND project has now been invited to join the EIT RawMaterials Accelerator Program.

Besides the ten pitching innovators, other 18 projects participated in the Investors’ café. They showcased their innovation via a poster session, actively participated in investor tables where they could get valuable feedback on their queries about financing and market uptake plans, and finally had 1-to-1 meetings with investors, financial institutions, EU actors and relevant stakeholders in the water sector.

The Investors’ café was an important occasion to bring together innovators and investors and contribute to building a bridge between these two communities. The event also showed that different EU services can further support innovators during the life cycle of the projects.

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