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Grant Allows UH Startup to Increase Global Access to Clean Water With Nano-sized Technology

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Natalie Thayer

WAVVE Stream Inc., a University of Houston startup company with the mission of increasing global access to clean water with a nano-sized filtration system, was recently awarded a VentureWell grant to bring their technology out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.

Debora Rodrigues, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Cullen College, developed the novel water filtration system that inspired WAVVE co-founders Eric Beydoun and Ivette Rubio, both UH Bauer School of Business alumni, to build a company around the technology.

“At WAVVE, we believe having clean, safe water is a fundamental right for every person around the world,” Beydoun said.

In addition to Beydoun and Rubio, the WAVVE team includes UH chemistry alumnus Enrico Nadres, the team’s lead scientist, Rice University alumna Maria Rodriguez-Moya, the lead chemical engineer, and Adrienne Gantt, the marketing director.

WAVVE was awarded a Stage I grant through VentureWell’s E-Team Program, a three-stage program provides grant funding, experiential workshops, veteran coaching and a potential investment opportunity to help teams manifest their projects’ full commercial potential.

As part of this grant, WAVVE team members will be attending a workshop in Cambridge, Mass. later this month.

VentureWell is a non-profit higher education network that strives to help an emerging generation of young scientists launch ventures that improve life for people and the planet.

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