​Innovation Events

The Innovation Pavilion, the Council’s premier event, is held as a full-day program each year during NEWEA’s Annual Conference and features panel discussions, pitches, and exhibits from some of the most promising water innovators and students in the region. This event was developed to build awareness, share ideas, and create connections between businesses, utilities, regulators, and academics to drive innovation in our region.

The Council also regularly hosts Reverse Pitch events, which provide water innovators with the opportunity to pitch their technology and gather members of New England’s water industry startup community for networking.

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Upcoming Events

Please refer to NEWEA’s Calendar for upcoming Innovation Events.

Past Events

Innovation Pavilion – 2022

The Innovation Pavilion was held on Tuesday, January 25th, 2022. The event featured the following: 

  • 11 pitch presentations from startup companies showcasing their innovative technologies
  • A presentation about the NEWEA Innovation Partnership Network 
  • A Reverse Pitch Event about PFAS & Biosolids Management 
  • A Student Shark Tank Event
Innovation Pavilion Sponsors
  • Watts Water Technologies
  • Lombardo Associates 
  • JDL Global
  • Woodard & Curran
Innovation Pavilion Exhibitors
  • Microbe Detectives
  • MICROrganic Technologies
  • Lombardo Associates
  • KleanTu LLC
  • Aclarity
  • Maine Manufacturing Partners
  • GoAigua, Inc.
  • Verified Water, Inc.
  • Water Analytics
  • Stormsensor
NEWEA Innovation Partnership Network

The Innovation Council is in the process of gathering innovation resources for members and fostering connections between established companies, startups, academic institutions, utilities, and nonprofits. During the Innovation Pavilion, Megan Goldsmith, NEWEA intern, presented her “Water Wheel”, and an update on the data collection effort.

Click to view the Water Innovation Partnership Network page>>

PFAS Reverse Pitch Event 

Panelists: Janine Burke-Wells, NEBRA; Howard Carter, City of Saco; Jeff McBurnie, Casella Resource Solutions  

Moderator: Chi Ho Sham, ERG/AWWA

Click here for more information about this event.

Student Shark Tank 

Judges: Dr. Christobel Ferguson, WRF; Dr. Jeff McCutcheon, UCONN/NAWI; Amy Corriveau, CDM Smith


  1. The Effect of Oscillating Electric Fields on Struvite Precipitation in Side-stream Wastewater by Kamruzzaman Khan, University of Vermont
  2. Charles River Artificial Floating Wetland by Kitty Lovell, University of Massachusetts

Click here for more information about this event.