Want to make a splash with your water tech idea, vie for a chance to get funded and earn customers right away? In an X-factor style, water innovators are being called on to submit their company ideas for a competition being held at the International Water Summit (IWS) during the now famous Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) happening January, 2015.
For this competition tech innovation consultancy Isle will offer technologists from across the water industry anywhere in the world the chance to showcase their ideas to an expert panel of end users, technologists and investors in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
The new event called [email protected] will launch at the IWS, hosted by Masdar.
The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015 is by far the region’s largest and most ambitious gathering on sustainability issues, products, services and technologies. Green Prophet has been part of the event for the last two years and we are looking forward to attending this year as well.
Organisers looking for water technologies have issued a call for submissions to the competition, which will test the merit of breakthrough water technologies in the MENA market, offering those responsible an opportunity to submit ideas and demonstrate their potential impact to global experts.
Participating technologists and entrepreneurs have until November 25, 2014 to submit entries to the selection committee via the IWS website here www.iwsabudhabi.com.
The competition categories include ‘Municipal Water’, ‘Industrial Water’, and ‘Water for Real Estate’.
Submissions, organizers point out, must demonstrate excellence in terms of their impact, innovation, leadership and long-term vision.
Yeah, that’s probably you.
Shortlisted submissions will be invited to present to a leading panel of experts, capital investors and potential end users from across the MENA region, live at IWS.
IWS offers a unique window to a rapidly growing clean technology market in the GCC, whose governments plan to allocate US$300 billion to water and desalination projects by 2022.
The third edition of IWS is hosted by Masdar, and takes place from January 19 to 22, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA).
“[email protected] presents technological innovators, large and small, with a tremendous opportunity to access the Middle East and North Africa market – a region facing significant water stress, with plans for large-scale capital investment into solutions,” said Stuart Moss, Acting Managing Director of Isle.
“The platform also allows regional municipalities and utilities to understand the impact and potential of technologies that may have been deployed in other arid parts of the world.
“[email protected] is designed to close the gap between technology development and commercialization across the clean technology value chain,” he continued. “And, we are excited about this feature’s ability to accelerate that process and benefit both the industry and the region.”
The MENA region falls into the category of ‘physical water scarcity’ with water supplies depleting at one of the quickest rates in the world.
IWS offers a unique opportunity for policy makers, business leaders and technologists to tackle water sustainability for arid regions and drive the region’s market opportunities.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for the global clean technology industry,” said Naji El Haddad, Show Director of the International Water Summit. “The region has demonstrated its commitment to seeking, investing and deploying technology to address its water challenges, and [email protected] platform extends that commitment.
“This is an X-factor style competition, offering the global water technology community a chance to compete for a share of the huge market opportunity in the MENA,” he continued. “I urge them to put their best foot forward to capitalise.”
IWS is held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The 2015 edition of the event is organised by Reed Exhibitions and endorsed by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water, the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi, the Regulation and Supervision Bureau and Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company.
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