The Water Council: Announces Batch 3 winners of BREW accelerator

Contact: Meghan Jensen, director of marketing

1.414.988.8754 | [email protected]

MILWAUKEE – The Water Council and Guest of Honor Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

announced today the Batch 3 winners of The BREW accelerator program during a special ceremony at the 8th

annual Water Summit in Milwaukee. The second round of The BREW entrepreneurs, known as Batch 2, also

graduated during the ceremony.

With its debut in 2013, The BREW (Business. Research. Entrepreneurship. in Wisconsin.) is the world’s first

place-based seed accelerator focused on solving global freshwater challenges with innovative startups

producing cutting-edge technology. The BREW was created by The Water Council and the Wisconsin

Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), a demonstration of Wisconsin’s reputation as a global epicenter

for water-related research and industry and international model for public/private partnerships.

This year, chosen startups with commercialization potential receive up to $50,000 in investments, subsidized

space in the Global Water Center, training through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Institute for Water

Business, mentorship from dozens of area water technology experts, and much more!

After a comprehensive application and judging process, six entrepreneurs and their respective

businesses were chosen to participate in the third year of the accelerator program, they are:

 ICONAC by Harrison Richarz and Ryan Seideman

Iconac brings the benefits of advanced non-invasive pipe inspection to every city by offering a

low cost, easy to use mobile condition assessment tool. They use the latest in multi-physics and

acoustic modeling for efficient, pro-active water asset management.

 IX Power Clean Water by John Grizz Deal

IX Power provides innovative technologies through their OrganiClear treatment by cleaning

produced water from the oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, and construction industries.

 Optiktechnik by Dr. Jose Ramirez and Dr. Rudi Strickler:

Optiktechnik makes optical sensors and instrumentation for characterization of particulate

systems. The company’s patent-pending laser scanning and image analysis technology enables

more accurate monitoring and control of key particle processes in water and wastewater


 OXYMem by Wayne Bryne

OxyMem can achieve incredibly high oxygen transfer rates (up to 95 percent) resulting in superior

energy performance, lower sludge production, using less operator hours. They solve intensive

wastewater treatment with the Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR).

 Radom Corporation by Ashok Menon

Radom has instrumentation with Inductively Coupled Plasma to promote continuous, routine,

challenging and in-situ measurements of toxic trace metals in water, waste water, industrial

processes, and food and drugs.  

 Solar Water Works by Doug Winkie

Solar Water Works provides solar water treatment systems which use a photo-catalyst to

accelerate natural water purification processes, eliminating the need for chemicals or external

power which cuts operating cost.

Accordingly, three Honorable Mentions have been recognized as well:

 AmebaGone by Cheryl Vickory and Dr. Marcin Filutowicz:

AmebaGone, Inc. is a biotechnology company pioneering biocontrol methods harnessing

natural predators to thwart bacterial pathogens causing diseases in plants, animals and

humans, including Legionnaire’s Disease. 

 Current Data by Eric Compas

Current Data is a complete water quality data collection and information system. Our

streamlined system combines a user-friendly sensor array and mobile app with cloud storage

and analysis tools to lower the costs of data collection and increase its use in critical water

quality decisions.

 Momentum Environmental by Dan Murphy and Lance Hoff

Momentum Environmental provides the removal of pollutants from stormwater through a low-

cost and effective option called the Preserver. The Preserver provides sediment and floatable

pollutant removal and retention in storm sewer manholes. 

The BREW’s goal is to unleash unique water technology start-ups, expand Milwaukee’s global water hub, and

create new opportunities in the global water industry. The BREW is moving Wisconsin Forward by brewing up

water technology start-ups working to address world-wide water issues.

About The Water Council

The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, was established in 2009 by

Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. With more than 150 water technology

companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for

four percent of the world’s total water business. The non-profit organization, consisting of more than 170

members, is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed

academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic water

professionals. The Water Council is capturing the attention of the world and transforming the Milwaukee region

into a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and education. For more information,

visit or contact us by phone at 414.988.8750.