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Event May 9, 2023

Scaling Innovation Workshop – ROI₂ (Return on Investment & Impact)

Part of the SWAN 13th Annual Conference in Glasgow, Scotland



On May 9th, 2023, diverse industry stakeholders (e.g. water utilities, startups, investors, solution providers, engineering firms) were divided into small teams and presented with a challenge of a given start-up with a validated case study and clear ROI, but unsure how to scale to the next level with measurable impact. Teams brainstormed creative ideas and presented their findings to a shark tank of judges.

Workshop Introduction

  • Shirley Ben-Dak, Senior Advisor (SWAN Forum)

Scaling Innovation: For People, Purpose & Profit

Moderator: Vanessa Van Rossum, VP Business Development (Aganova)

  • Clayton MacDougald, Investment Manager | Water (Emerald Technology Ventures)
  • Christine Boyle, Vice President of Digital Product Development (Xylem)
  • Patrik Gustavsson, Head of Business Unit, Resilient Water Infrastructure (Aliaxis Next)
  • Carly Perry, Managing Director (Spring Innovation)
  • James Dunning, General Manager (Syrinix, a Badger Meter brand)

Challenge Statements & Group Work

  • How might we support an innovative, water tech start-up with a proven business case to reach their financial and sustainable impact potential?
  • How might we measure the impact of our product(s) in line with a ‘north star’ metric/s? E.g. among UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ESG indicators, etc.
  • How might we better attract investments/support from impact investors and/or corporate partners?

Workshop Group Facilitators

    • Helen Hulett, New Business Director (Talbot Group Ltd)
    • Fionn Boyle, Strategic Innovation and Shop Window Lead (Anglian Water, UK)
    • Tertius Rust, Founder: Innovation Partner (TR Solutions) & Head of AMI and Digital Transformation (City of Cape Town)
    • Emma Weisbord, Partnerships Lead (Royal HaskoningDHV)
      • Jennifer Rebeiro, Chief Transformation Officer (Greater Western Water)
      • Scott Branum, Principal Technologist & Fellow – Digital (Evoqua Water Technologies) ​
      • Tom Williams, CEO (Enebio) & International Forum Chair (British Water) 

      Shark Tank Competition


      • Clayton MacDougald, Investment Manager | Water (Emerald Technology Ventures) 
      • Christine Boyle, Vice President of Digital Product Development (Xylem) ​
      • Carly Perry, Managing Director (Spring Innovation)
      • Patrik Gustavsson, Head of Business Unit, Resilient Water Infrastructure (Aliaxis Next)    
      • Marissa Sterling, Platform Associate (Burnt Island Ventures)  
      Featured SWAN Members: