Water Dragons Helps With Introduction to Major Stakeholders
Intelligent Valve Applications (iVapps) is a research and development company specialising in revolutionary ways to improve valve management and maintenance problems. It has been nearly 200 years since the last significant development of the valve’s design and so iVapps felt it was time for things to change. One area that is a constant challenge to the utility companies is when things go wrong and a valve needs to be repaired. Repairs to existing valves are highly disruptive, costly and time consuming as roads needs to be dug up and mains supplies cut off.
The team at iVapps were confident they could find a solution to this problem and by combining the latest innovations in valve design with revolutionary monitoring capabilities they invented the Enston Valve; a new type of valve that could be repaired remotely without the need to dig up roads or pavements.
The challenge now faced by the business was how to get this product to market and that is where the Future Water Association stepped in.
The Future Water Association is the UK’s biggest support network for businesses within the Water Sector, its unique Water Dragons competition was created to helped companies like iVapps bring new ideas to market.
IVapps discovered the Future Water Association through Linked In and after making initial contact on-line, met with CEO Paul Horton to find out more about the organisation and the Water Dragons competition.
Carl Enston, Technical Director at IVAPPS explains, “The Water Dragons initiative sounded the perfect platform to help us launch our Enston Valve on the UK market. We became members and entered into the Water Dragons 2016 competition.”
iVapps were one of 5 finalists and were invited to present its product to a panel of expert judges as part of Severn Trent’s Innovation Day at Severn Trent’s HQ in Coventry.
Each finalist had 7 minutes to present their innovations to a panel of expert judges and the judges were so impressed the Enston Valve it was awarded first prize.
Carl tells us about the impact winning the competition has made to the business “Winning Water Dragons has helped us extend our network and given us a huge amount of exposure to key people within organisations such as Severn Trent. It has also given us a highly effective platform to educate people about the product and as a result has helped us secure sales.”
Carl continues, “We are relatively new members of the Future Water Association, and I would encourage others from the water supply chain network to sign up. The membership team are always happy to help and through our membership have been introduced to major stakeholders which would have been hard for us to achieve without their support. They have also helped us source avenues for funding which will aid further developments. Overall our membership has been good value for money and I would have no hesitation in recommending other people to join and also enter Water Dragons”
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