Water Tech Invest

Marks & Clerk, London - 12 May 2016, 08:00


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Water Tech Invest

Marks & Clerk, London - 12 May 2016, 08:00 - 11:30

Water Tech Invest combines insights into innovation in the water industry with information on funding opportunities from government sources and updates on successful fund raising from the private sector. A selection of companies which are currently fund raising are invited to present pitches of their investment propositions.

The event offers an excellent networking opportunity for innovators in the water sector to meet potential investors and funders.

Water Tech Invest will kick off with breakfast at 8am and end at 11.30am. Sponsored and hosted by Marks & Clerk, the event will take place in its offices in Covent Garden, London. Water Tech Invest is organised by Cleantech Investor and supported by Isle Utilities.

Who should attend?

  • Investors in the water sector
  • Water sector start-ups seeking funding
  • Academics and researchers in the water sector
  • Water utility representatives
  • Government and industry representatives


Attendance at this event is free for qualifying investors. There is a small charge for other delegates. To register as an investor please register on the Cleantech Investor Platform or contact us at events@cleantechinvestor.com.

The Agenda

08:00 - 08:30 - Registration & Breakfast
Networking breakfast will be served from 8.00 am.


08:30 - 08:45 - Host Introduction
(Thomas Prock)
Thomas Prock of Marks & Clerk, the event host, will open the formal section of the event.

08:45 - 09:00 - Water Sector Funding 1 - Grant Funding
(Derek Pedley )
A review of opportunities for funding for watertech from public sector sources including:
- Innovate UK (which recently released its 2016-2017 delivery plan)
- The £1.5 bn Global Challenges Fund (being administered by BIS)
- Horizon 2020 (the EU technology innovation funding programme)



09:00 - 09:15 - Company Pitch: Aquamatix
(Laurie Renolds)



AquamatiX develops smarter IT systems for more efficient operational management and optimisation of water and wastewater infrastructure. The company has worked with ThingWorx, a leading developer of ‘Internet of Things’ applications, to build WaterWorX™, which adopts a completely new, fast, low cost, open standards approach to real-time network management solutions design and delivery.


09:15 - 09:30 - Company Pitch: Agily
(Bruno Vinel )



Agily is a collaborative goal management app designed for operations managers within utility companies to practise a more agile and efficient leadership. Agily is mobile, light, affordable and adaptable. The app works in the cloud and is accessible from smartphones, tablets and desktops. The app was conceived by Bruno Vinel, a water and electricity sector veteran with experience which includes 20 years with Veolia. It is currently being pilot tested by two large water companies.


09:30 - 09:45 - Company Pitch: Kelda Technology
(Chris Jackson)



Kelda Technology has pioneered water-in-air shower products that halve water usage and water heating costs through patented shower technology. The company has engineered shower solutions that leverage aerospace and automotive technology to deliver game-changing levels of savings, without compromising on user experience.


09:45 - 10:00 - Company Pitch: Strathkelvin Instruments
(Michael Dooley)



Strathkelvin Instruments is a leading supplier of precision respirometry and other instruments for the wastewater treatment market. Our laboratory and portable instruments have been available since 1999 and our SCO2PE aeration energy optimisation process has been used in over 60 WWTP since 2008, yielding over 30GWhr per annum of savings. We now introduce our ASP-Con – the activated sludge plant controller combining all the benefits of six respirometric control parameters with over 14 additional operational parameters in a self-cleaning and self-calibrating instrument.


10:00 - 10:30 - Coffee Break

10:30 - 10:45 - Water Sector Funding 2 - Private Sector Funding
(Fiona Griffith )
A review of the most significant deals in 'water tech' over recent months and of the trends in fundraising in the sector by Fiona Griffith from Isle Utilities.


10:45 - 11:00 - Company Pitch: NVP Energy
(Michael Murray )



NVP Energy has developed a unique carbon neutral technology that cleans wastewater to a very high standard whilst recovering valuable high quality biogas that is 100% available for reuse. NVP Energy’s business proposition has global reach, where its innovative energy positive ‘Low temperature Anaerobic Digestion' (Lt-AD) technology works at temperatures below 20⁰C (unique for AD technology) for prospective customers in the food and drink Industries and also the global municipal wastewater industry.


11:00 - 11:15 - Company Pitch: Mfatech Group
(Ian Barker )



MFATech has developed WADER (Water Advisory Demand Evaluation & Resource), a predictive water management tool, which it plans to launch in partnership with De Montfort University, with funding from Innovate UK, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

11:15 - 11:30 - Company Pitch: Bactest
(Annie Brooking)



Bactest has developed a technology platform CYTOMAIA, a microbial respirometer that can be used to detect and monitor microbial activity in liquid and macerated solids. Its first product, Speedy Breedy, is a portable microbial respirometer, used to incubate and enumerate bacteria and detect and measure biological activity and contamination in potable water, beer, food and beverage, paint, oil and many other applications. Shepherd, Bactest’s second product, is an Activated Sludge Monitoring and Management System, also based on the CYTOMAIA platform.


11:30 - 11:45 - Company Pitch: DloHaiti
(Jim Chu)

DloHaiti's innovative business model serves difficult-to-reach consumers in developing markets, especially those lacking critical public infrastructure for water and energy. The company builds and manages a decentralised infrastructure for clean water to growing communities through local production and a network of local entrepreneurs and distribution channels. This network doubles as a platform for efficient 'last-mile' distribution for a variety of essential daily goods and services, from water and milk to toilet paper and soap. The challenge of reaching 'bottom-of-the-pyramid' consumers stems from the lack of basic infrastructure and logistics for distribution. DloHaiti offers multinational partners a cost-effective and scalable route-to-market model to reach millions of new consumers in rapidly growing markets, all through the necessity of clean water. The company is raising funding to prepare for international expansion into new markets globally.

11:45 - 11:45 - Event ends

The Speakers


Anne McIvor Director, Cleantech Investor
Session Chair
Thomas Prock Partner, Marks & Clerk
Thomas Prock advises clients in the high tech field, in particular in the electronics sector on internet related subject matter and computer-implemented inventions, and is also active in protecting inventions in the cleantech and medical device fields. After graduating with a Diploma in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Applied Science in Ulm (Germany), Thomas went on to obtain his PhD from the Institute of Cancer Research, where he investigated the interaction between radio frequency electromagnetic fields and conducting tissue, with particular emphasis on its application to the design of phased array resonators. Having qualified as a Chartered (UK) and European Patent Attorney in 2007, in 2014 Thomas became one of the few professionals to also qualify as a Patentanwalt (German Patent Attorney). In the LMG Life Sciences Guide 2014, Thomas is listed as a ‘Life Sciences Star’ for his work in the medical devices area. He is also commended in the inaugural Who's Who Legal - Patent Agents, which refers to him as a “definite inclusion on any list”.
Derek Pedley Associate Director for Business Development, KTN
Derek Pedley is the Associate Director for Business Development within KTN, brokering relationships between the investment community (including grant support) and environmental technology businesses. His background in academic and commercial research for products as diverse as contact lenses, reverse osmosis membranes and oral insulin led to a series of technical positions in major corporations in the UK and overseas, and finally to the establishment of a highly successful sensor development company in the USA. Returning to the UK, he specialised in advice to SMEs, and initiated the development of resource efficiency clubs. Derek runs the KTN's Investment Readiness Forum and offers specialist advice in its priority areas of environmental measurement, recovery of energy from waste, soil health, in situ land remediation, and carbon capture and storage. He also chairs the UK Charity 'Talking with Hands', which organises signing for deaf cinema goers.
Fiona Griffith Group Director, Isle Utilities
Fiona Griffith is Group Director at Isle Utilities, a boutique technology and innovation consultancy. She has been with the company from the outset and also established the Technology Approval Group some ten years ago. She has extensive experience working both in the UK and overseas. With a passion for innovation, Fiona's expertise spans research and development through to product commercialisation. Over the years she has worked alongside technology companies, end users of technology and investors alike, facilitating collaborative projects, coordinating strategic partnerships and identifying and securing appropriate funding sources. Other consulting experience was gained with Mouchel and Atkins, including three years in the United States. Fiona has also worked for an Australian start-up company.
Bruno Vinel Co-founder, Agily
Bruno Vinel is the designer and co-founder of Agily, a new collaborative goal management app. He is a 'veteran' in the water and electricity sectors, with 27 years' experience as CEO, CFO, Programme and ICT Director, including 20 years with Veolia.
Bruno has led dispersed teams and projects - including company start-ups, take-overs and restructuring - in the UK, Europe and beyond.
Laurie Renolds CEO, Aquamatix
Laurie Reynolds founded Aquamatix in 2011, to provide a specialist integration service bringing together the best of M2M and IOT technology to optimise water operations and asset management. Prior to this, Laurie had worked in asset standards and business development for a telecoms company, a systems integrator in the water industry, a condition monitoring company and Derceto, the leading pump optimisation solution, all building on 30 years with the largest UK water utility.

Michael Murray Managing Director, NVP Energy
Michael Murray is a qualified civil engineer and MBA graduate. He is a highly experienced MD and senior level manager with an impressive track record of developing and successfully implementing sales, operational and business strategies, having worked in corporate & SME environments across the renewables, engineering, construction and IT industries. Prior to joining NVP Energy, Michael was MD of a UK engineering company, growing that business from £5.5 million to >£30 million revenues in a three year period. With NVP Energy, Michael’s primary focus is the successful international roll-out of its unique low temperature anaerobic digestion (Lt-AD) wastewater treatment technology.
Michael Dooley CEO, Strathkelvin Instruments
Michael Dooley is a chartered mechanical engineer with 24 years’ experience in process equipment design, operation and maintenance. He is considered one of the foremost experts in biological wastewater treatment in the UK and Ireland, and regularly consults for companies such as Calachem, Nothern Ireland Water, Veolia, Scottish Water and many others. Michael specialises in reducing aeration energy costs of wastewater treatment: in the last six years he has successfully launched four new technologies for the wastewater and biomed Industries.
Chris Jackson CEO, Kelda Technology
Chris Jackson has a significant history in commercialising technology and has undertaken a number of senior roles that range from CEO, VP Strategy, VP Solutions, Product Leadership, and VC Partner. His specialities include strategic innovation, developing new business, mobile solutions management, consulting, product management, sales, marketing and P&L management, wireless investments, recycling products and licensing.
Ian Barker Principal Consultant, Mfatech Group
Ian A. Barker is the Principal Consultant at Mfatech Limited. He joined the Mfatech team after having spent three years working in the emergency relief side of clean water production. With over thirty years working in various technology sectors, Ian has a vast knowledge of technology and its application in many industries. His work has taken him across the globe, and he has advised a number of governments, chaired major conferences and been published over 70 times in technical and national newspapers.

Annie Brooking CEO, Bactest
Annie Brooking is an expert in bringing high technology products to market, especially with disruptive technologies, and has spent twenty years as a CEO in high technology companies. Her specialities include bringing high technology and disruptive products to market, strategic product marketing, corporate strategy with intangible assets. Annie spent 15 years as an academic teaching computer science: she is also a public speaker and the author of two books.
Jim Chu CEO, dloHaiti
Jim Chu has been an active entrepreneur and investor since 1994, when he founded a consulting firm to help businesses leverage the reach of the Internet to expand internationally. He subsequently joined Cisco Systems, where he ran marketing and business development in Latin America and Canada, and then Medécins Sans Frontières, where he managed administrative and financial operations in Nigeria.

Working in emerging markets and international development since 2004, Jim sees an opportunity in meeting the needs of growing populations in developing markets, where entrepreneurship, know-how, and capital can drive economic growth and financial returns while making a positive impact on the lives of the world’s poorest.

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