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Venture Capital in Water: Key Transactions and Trends

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Venture Capital in Water: Key Transactions and Trends
Published: December 7, 2017 Content info:

As start-ups develop new solutions for a risk-averse municipal water sector, venture capital is a key channel of funding to bridge a lengthy process in establishing key utility references and growth.

Geographically, the United States dominates venture capital deal flow in water. An established appetite for venture and private equity finance in the U.S. contributes to the region's high level of activity, but episodes of acute water scarcity - seven year drought in California- have influenced a range of start-ups focused on water efficiency and solutions. At the same time other regions with significant deal flow include the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.

Deal flow has been rising, with deals in the smart water segment (e.g. data, analytics, real-time monitoring...etc.) is growing at a high rate year-on-year since 2009 and captured the lion's share of funding. At the center of this investment activity are a diverse mix of financial investors have been active in water venture finance and with a mix of stakes, from early stage seed funding and equity deals, to later stage growth capital and debt financing.

In this Data Insight, Bluefield water experts analyze 101 funding deals (from 2009-2017) that account for over US$704 million invested by venture and private equity growth capital investors in water start-ups.

Key topics addressed:

  • Overview of Private Water Venture and Equity Funding in Water
  • Global Water and Growth Capital Funding
  • Smart Water Segments Attract Interest
  • Segmentation of Financial Players in Water
  • Water Accelerators across the US
  • Main Players in Exits of Venture-Backed Water Technology Firms


  • Years Covered: 2009-2017,
  • Deals Analyzed: 101,
  • Format: PDF,
  • Slides: 26


  • Apsara Capital
  • Aquam Corporation
  • Aquatic Informatics
  • AquaVenture Holdings
  • Banyan Water
  • BDC Capital Corporation
  • Credit-Sussie
  • Dropcountr
  • Element Partners
  • Emerald Technology Ventures
  • Inflowmatix
  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Linko Technology
  • NewWorld Capital Group
  • Osisoft
  • Pure Technologies
  • SoftBank Group
  • Suez
  • TaKaDu
  • Urban Innovation Fund
  • Valor Water Analytics
  • WaterSmart Software
  • WaterTrax
  • XPV Water Partners
  • Xylem
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