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Membrion accelerates cross-industry expansion with Imagine H2O

  • Membrion accelerates cross-industry expansion with Imagine H2O
  • Membrion participated in Imagine H2O’s Accelerator, a program designed to help water entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses globally.

About the entity

Membrion® is at the forefront of some of the world’s most challenging problems: fresh water, clean energy and human health. The emerging technologies designed to revolutionize these fields all depend on filtering charged molecules, called ions.


Every startup needs to find its champion to thrive and expand. Membrion, a ceramic desalination membrane startup, found its champion in Imagine H2O.

Membrion is part of the 2021 class of startups in Imagine H2O’s Accelerator, a program designed to help water entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses globally. With ceramic desalination membranes that regenerate up to 98 percent of wastewater, this startup was a perfect fit for Imagine H2O’s portfolio. Since 2021, Membrion has leveraged the accelerator program to gain access to wastewater-specific investors, customers, and industry leaders.

Membrion’s desalination membranes are able to withstand high temperatures and extreme pH levels. Their efficiency can be summarized when considering the cost for the common methods of disposal of wastewater. It costs at least $80 per 1000 gallons to truck and dispense of wastewater, and $40 per 1000 gallons to force evaporation of wastewater, but it costs only $6 per 1000 gallons using Membrion’s ceramic desalination membranes.

These membranes are successfully managing wastewater in automotive manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing, oil and gas, and in numerous other industries. In late 2021, Membrion was honored as a Startup for Sustainability finalist by SEMI, the association guiding the semiconductor industry.

“Imagine H2O was impactful in helping us to connect with mentors and advisors, and in helping us refine our go-to-market strategy,” said Greg Newbloom, founder and chief executive officer of Membrion. “They continue to be an invaluable resource for building strong partnerships with integrators and investors.”

“Membrion is creating real solutions to an industry wastewater problem,” said Scott Bryan, president of Imagine H2O. “Their recent traction with customers and investors illustrates the market demand for their solution, and we are excited to see what the future holds for their company.”

By identifying promising early-stage water startups and projects around the world, Imagine H2O equips them with the resources they need to develop solutions, commercialize technologies, and enter new markets. Their zero-equity model, in combination with an unparalleled innovation ecosystem, has helped startups like Membrion scale in the water sector.

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