Cambridge, MA – Anfiro has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant to conduct research and development work on membrane technology for water treatment.
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PRIME Coalition announced today their 2016 Docket, which includes seven companies selected from an investment funnel of over 1,300 early-stage companies. Anfiro is proud to be one of the seven highlighted companies. All of these companies have been identified as important opportunities that can reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Among the selected group, Anfiro is the only water technology company.
On December 15 water innovators and leaders from around the country participated in a roundtable discussion on water innovation at the White House in DC. Anfiro was proud to be one of the companies invited to participate in the discussion of how the federal government can help increase the pace of water innovation and adoption of new water technologies.
Twenty start-ups including Anfiro were part of this year's MIT-CHIEF (China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum) roadshow trip to China. Over a 2-week period the start-ups visited several cities including Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Tsingtao to meet with the local start-up communities and explore possible investment and collaboration opportunities.
The 3rd Symposium on Water Innovation in Massachusetts (SWIM) was held on May 20 in Boston. SWIM is a great opportunity for the local MA water cluster to come together, this year about 100 companies attended the event making it a great networking opportunity for the local water industry.
Anfiro is one of four companies to have been nominated for this year's Technology Idol award, which showcases early-stage desalination technologies. The event is part of GWI's Global Water Summit to be held in Athens, Greece on April 27. Each company will give a presentation of their technology, followed by answering questions from an expert panel. The award is then determined by an audience vote.
We're looking forward to participating in this year's conference, if you're attending and would like to engage, just get in touch!
Here's an excerpt from the article written by Tom Pankratz, full article can be found here, however it requires a subscription to WDR.
"According to CEO Jaime Mateus, Anfiro is developing membranes that maintain the same selectivity and salt rejection of a conventional RO membrane while operating at a flux that is up to ten times higher. ...Dr Mateus, an MIT aerospace engineer, along with Notre Dame Professor Bill Phillip and Purdue Professor Bryan Boudouris, founded the company just a year ago, and they have taken their membrane idea from theory to the lab, where they have demonstrated that they can repeatedly make a reliable product with structured pore sizes. "
Anfiro is proud to be one of the $50k winners of the Desal innovaiton prize sponsored by GE and Saudi Aramco. The awards were announced at the 2015 Saudi Water and Power Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Check out Anfiro receiving the prize from HRH Prince Turki Bin Abdullah Al Saud. More coverage of the event and prizes can be found in GE's official press release.
Anfiro was one of the $50k award winners at last night's MassChallenge awards ceremony. The top 26 finalists gave a 1-minute pitch of their companies to a packed audience, before the announcement of over $1.75M in equity-free prizes. The event included keynotes from Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt, Governor Deval Patrick, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, and Nancy Frates of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The MA Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the MA Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) have announced the winners of the 2014 Catalyst Awards, an early stage funding program that aims to catalyze the commercialization of early-stage clean energy technologies. See the official press release from MA CEC with more information on the program.
"A Cambridge-based MassChallenge finalist is developing technology that can be used to produce clean, affordable water for drinking and for use in multiple industries. With two professors from Notre Dame and Purdue universities, Anfiro founder and CEO Jaime Mateus is working to create better reverse-osmosis membranes than are currently available to desalinate water."
Anfiro was one of the 8 finalists in the 2014 MIT $100K Business Plan Competition. Judges selected the finalists after listening to pitches from a competitive group of 70 semi-finalists. The grand finale, held on May 14th, included pitches from all finalists to a live audience at MIT. While Anfiro was not the grand prize winner, we are proud to be among the finalists and value the experience we received as well as the opportunity to promote the work Anfiro is doing to tackle global freshwater scarcity. More details on the event can be found on this MIT News press release.