WaterCampus Leeuwarden and EIT RawMaterials have launched a new 300 k€ program to support and boost start-ups: Resourcing water. The program offers business support to starting entrepreneurs with innovative ideas on the recovery and recycling of metals and minerals from water streams or on the upcycling of waste components.

The WaterCampus Leeuwarden (NL) is a partnership between the Water Alliance, the Centre of Expertise Water Technology and Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology. The WaterCampus creates added value in innovation, entrepreneurship and education through cooperation between business, educational institutes and governments.


EIT RawMaterials, initiated by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) and funded by the European Commission, is the largest raw materials consortium worldwide. Its mission is to boost competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector via radical innovation and guided entrepreneurship.

Resourcing water offers three types of start-up support packages:

  • Kickstarter: to show a proof of concept (to TRL 4) and validate the first business case. The package, worth 30 k€, comprises: business training & coaching, research facilities for experimentation & validation, technical support and office space.
  • Start-up booster: to validate an innovative idea in a relevant environment (TRL 5-7) and develop a sound business model. The package, worth 70 k€, comprises: the services offered by Kickstarter, support with IP protection, support with funding acquisition, facilities for on-site demonstration and participation in the European WaterCampus Business Challenge.
  • Incubator: to make the transition from a proven technology to an investable company (TRL 8-9). The package, worth 100 k€, comprises: the services offered by Start-up booster,membership of the Water Allience SME network and participation in the BeStart accelerator program. On top of these services, the selected start-up is provided a loan up to 100 k€ via BISON.

Start-ups, and people with start-up ideas, are invited to apply for thesesupport packages by submitting an one-pager via . The one pager should explain the innovative idea, the current status of the innovation and the business support needs.This call will close on the 31stof December 2016, however, the first selection will be made from applications received before the 1stof December. Early application is therefore recommended.

More information can be found at http://watercampus.nl/en/call-resourcing-water.

Resourcing water contact
Dr. Marco de Graaff
Coordinator WaterCampus business support
T: +31 6 228 49 479


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