The six U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water students participating in Center’s first Entrepreneurship Exchange capped their training with a field trip to San Francisco.
Students visited companies relevant to their research initiatives, including water innovation accelerators, micro-lending providers and other players in the water marketspace.
They met with representatives of Kiva, an international nonprofit that facilitates microloans. The group was also welcomed by Planet, a company that designs, builds, launches, and manages the world’s largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites, called “Doves.” Students also enjoyed meeting the Imagine H2O team, a nonprofit organization that equips entrepreneurs with the resources, insight and visibility to deploy and scale innovative solutions to global water challenges.
The Water Entrepreneurship Program is designed to equip engineering students with the holistic skillset needed to develop, deploy and scale market-based solutions to global water challenges. Students are introduced to lean and practical approaches to invention and product development, learn to write effective business plans, and explore various sources of funding.