NEWEA and the Northeast Water Innovation Network (NEWIN) merged in January 2020, incorporating NEWIN as the Innovation Council within NEWEA. The Innovation Council now represents the New England Water Cluster, as NEWIN formerly did. WEF, the Steward of the Water Cluster Program, defines a water cluster as the “regional groupings of businesses, government, research institutions, and other organizations focused on innovative technologies for clean water.” NEWEA is the first WEF Member Association to complete a merger with a water innovation association and dedicate a council to water innovation.
This Council is led by Council Director Marianne Langridge and comprised of former NEWEA Innovation Task Force members and NEWIN Board members, as well as others. As the Council grows, more committees will be introduced to further the pursuit of water innovation in New England. Additionally, the Council will expand through partnerships with individuals and companies who join as Water Innovation Partners.
NEWEA’s Innovation Council is responsible for fostering connections between innovators in public, private, non-profit and academic organizations to bring new solutions to sustain water quality. The council is also responsible for organizing networking and knowledge sharing events that highlight water innovation in New England, such as Pitch Nights and the Innovation Pavilion.
Water Innovation Partnership
Individuals and organizations a variety of customizable opportunities to enroll as a Water Innovation Partner. This partnership allows organizations and individuals to connect with a network of water professionals, including NEWEA’s membership of more than 2,000 water professionals, expand market reach, and bring solutions to market faster. Benefits also include one-year NEWEA/WEF membership(s), complimentary attendance at innovation events, special recognition as a partner in NEWEA print and online publications, and more. Become a partner>>
The Innovation Council will continue to host events modeled after those hosted by NEWIN prior to the merger. These events will be adapted to virtual to adhere to current social distancing protocols and prohibitions on in-person gatherings.
The Innovation Council will continue to host Pitch Nights, which will provide water innovators with five minutes to pitch their technology, followed by Q&A from the audience. A winner will be selected once all participants have completed their pitch. With a different theme for each event, the Innovation Council will gather members of New England’s water industry startup community for an evening of water technology pitches and networking. These events are a valuable opportunity to learn more about the water technology and innovations that are being developed by water professionals, entrepreneurs, and academics.
Additionally, NEWEA and its Innovation Council will continue to host the Innovation Pavilion, which takes place annually at the Boston Marriott Copley Place during the last week of January. This event, which happens as part of NEWEA’s Annual Conference, features a full-day program of panel discussions, pitches, and exhibits from some of the most promising water innovators in New England. NEWEA’s Innovation Council invites water innovation experts to speak and water innovation companies to exhibit at this event. More information about this event and the application for exhibit space will be made available on our Annual Conference website in November.