The Nexus

“Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity.”

                                                                       –Michael Porter

In trying to understand how to create an ecosystem of water innovation to build relationships and networks, align efforts, facilitate conversations, encourage innovation and create impact, we started asking…

  • What does the water market even look like?
  • How is data shared across sectors?
  • How do we understand the gaps in capabilities which are necessary to:
    • Strengthen the human capital of the sector?
    • Expand strategic direction?
  • How do we utilize an Asset Map approach to create a database and visualize existing pipelines, processes, & opportunities?

Which led us to start asking more questions….

  • Where is the push/pull across the Market? Academia? Government? Public?
  • What are the strategies to meet future demand — water?
  • What are the strategies to meet future demand — workforce?
  • Where are the community vs. individual interests?
  • How do we recognize traditions, outdated laws, the “Use or Lose It” mentality but evolve to meet new needs?
  • How do we remove barriers to adoption of new innovation?
  • How and who supports water sector growth?
  • How do we meet the ambitious goals of the Colorado Water Plan?
  • How does this encourage neutrality, transparency, collaboration, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, sustainability, agility, and innovation?
  • How do we address the quintuple helix (partnerships of government, private industry, society, academia and environment) as a driver of innovation?

We are now asking the water sector…


The Open Water Foundation is conducting an initial survey of the water industry to understand the breadth and depth of the over 2,000 entities making up the water sector.

OWF is using this data to inform the creation of The Nexus, a program with the following benefits:

  • Opportunities for collaboration and cost-sharing resulting in value beyond the investment of any one organization
  • The inherent value of peer-to-peer networks
  • Creation of human capital pipelines
  • Facilitate economic opportunities
  • Access designed to address capacities between sectors
  • Coordinated innovation throughout the water sector through research/data, education and business solutions
  • Assistance in solving industry problems by removing barriers to innovation
  • Supporting sector growth through the identification of critical needs
  • Exposure to new companies & potential solutions
  • Insight into trends and market assets
  • Understanding, identifying and monitoring key issues important to innovation
  • Connect resources and programs to create a network of test beds for new technologies

For more information, contact Louann DeCoursey / 970-286-7439