Catching up with Pipeline H20 | Class of 2018

After a busy several months between their first and second cohorts, the Pipeline H2O accelerator is full of new companies again and cascading towards its second Demo Day.

Based out of The Hamilton Mill in Hamilton, Ohio, Pipeline’s mission is to identify and commercialize the world’s leading water-based startup technologies. They leverage the country’s premier public-private water innovation cluster to provide customers, mentors, and support.

Classes kicked off in early February in Union Hall with seven new companies from around the world. The founders and entrepreneurs represent international cities like Sydney and London and stretch all across the United States — from Menlo Park, Oakland, Wise (Va.), Orno (Maine) and Cincinnati.

“These founders still just can’t believe what was going on here in Greater Cincinnati,” said Antony Seppi, Program Director at Pipeline H2O. “They are blown away by the resources that they’re being provided not just by the program, but by StartupCincy as a whole.”

Seppi said that even though the program only requires companies to participate in Greater Cincinnati-based sessions once a month (through May), some of the teams are sticking around to take advantage of the area’s offerings.

“The team from Oakland has rented a house here in Cincinnati and planned to stay throughout the program’s duration,” Seppi said. “They — with a water filter product — are already looking at ways to set up manufacturing right here in Southwest Ohio. Now that’s impact on jobs.”

The water-tech commercialization program came to Cincinnati through a partnership between several different organizations: Village Capital, Cintrifuse, the City of Cincinnati, Xavier University’s Center for Innovation, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati Water Works, University of Cincinnati’s Water Center, the City of Hamilton, and The Hamilton Mill.

The Pipeline H2O Demo Day date is May 24 at 5:30PM in Union Hall.

To check out all seven members of the Pipeline cohort, check out Pipeline’s website, here.

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