Considered trendsetters in their industry, these companies are expected to contribute towards making water into one of the great high-growth industries of the 21st century. In view of population growth and increasing clean water shortages, the Artemis Project recognizes an immense growth potential for innovative water companies.
With this award, the project pursues the objective of changing investors' attitudes, as investment companies have only invested almost negligible amounts in water companies to date. Of the USD 8.4 billion invested in cleantech companies in the last year, only USD 150 million (1.8%) flowed into water-related companies.
"Smaller companies with intellectual property, significant know-how and a scalable product can occupy a niche under the radar of the large companies” says Laura Shenkar, principal of the Artemis Project and a renowned water expert from San Francisco, during an interview with Inc. magazine. “It represents an opportunity that will bring forward new “Google”-type companies.”
The 50 winners were selected by an expert jury which evaluated the participating companies according to strict criteria related to technology, patent strategy, know-how, team quality and market potential. The jury had to see clear evidence that a company had the potential to develop into a future market leader in its segment.
The Luxembourg-based company Epuramat clearly stood out from many of its other competitors and is one of the fifty winners. Thirty-seven of the honored companies are from the United States, with five from Israel and one from Australia. Europe was represented by seven companies, with three from Denmark alone.
With its extreme separator (“ExSep”), Epuramat has developed a technology which drastically simplifies the treatment of waste water and allows industrial companies to keep their process water in circulation without great effort.
About the Artemis Project
The Artemis Project (theartemisproject.com), headquartered in San Francisco, is the leading resource for ways in which new water technologies can support water management across the globe. The declared goal of the Artemis Project is to replace central water treatment plants, which still dominate in industry and municipalities, by decentralized solutions which better address the current challenges related to water shortages, climate change, environmental contamination and fragmentation of infrastructure.
Laura Shenkar, principal of the Artemis Project, is one of the leading experts for progressive water technologies. She works closely with the innovation center in Denmark, Israel’s industry and trade ministry, as well as the Water Netherlands Partnership.
The cleantech company Epuramat S.A. (epuramat.com), which specializes in waste water treatment, was founded in 2005 by Achim Kopmeier and David Din at Luxembourg’s Technoport business incubator. The company provides technologically progressive water treatment facilities and systems. Epuramat technology is based on the Solid/Liquid extreme separator ("ExSep”), for which an international patent has been filed, and enables the efficient treatment of wastewater, resulting in relatively simpler, smaller and - with regard to investment and operating costs – more cost-effective water treatment facilities. Epuramat is a private corporation. Headquarters for the company are located in the industrial zone Chaux de Contern near the city of Luxembourg and the airport.