What’s NEW?

How do we translate scientific research into concrete solutions to tackle the impending shortage of clean water? And how do we successfully bring those innovations to the market? The NEW-project offers answers by investing 8 million Euros in promising knowledge starters in water technology. Awesome, but…what’s NEW?

NEW stands for Netherlands Enabling Water technology. The NEW-consortium consists of Wetsus, Deltares, the University of Groningen and the NOM. Together they are promoting promising initiatives in the field of water technology. Main themes are: water treatment, reuse of water and raw materials, production and shortage of energy from water and smarter management of water systems.

How does it work?

The NEW-ttt consists of two pillars. Pillar 1 focuses on the valorisation of research through the creation of (spin-off) companies. Pillar 2 focuses on funding of early stage startups based in the Netherlands. The activities in pillar 1 focuses on:

  • Broadly scouting for promising starters with good innovation ideas, also outside the research programs of the involved knowledge institutes;
  • Exploiting different IP models;
  • The creation of a NEW-focused incubation program;
  • The deployment of 11 unique state-of-the-art validation facilities for new and the possibilities for young entrepreneurs to do validation tests;
  • Strenghtening and expanding open innovation communities.

For who?

The project is interesting for researchers with an entrepreneurship ambition, (early) stage startups and spin-offs from SMEs. With the consortium we can support in the successful development of the company.

Contact Water Alliance

Water Alliance is involved via our colleague Ronald Wielinga, director of Entrepreneurship for WaterCampus. Ronald is heading the valorisation team within the project. The VT is the gateway into the project.


September ’21 – September ’27

The NEW-ttt is partly financed by a subsidy from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.