The Wisconsin Water Seed Fund I, LLC

United States of America

Last updated 12 May 2020, by Impactyield.

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The Wisconsin Water Seed Fund I makes early stage investments in companies to address increasing worldwide water problems through technologies that remove water contaminants as well as conserve water consumption from efficient technologies and practices in North America.

The Water Council, the Fund's manager, is uniquely positioned to to provide impact investors with access to world’s leading water technology start-ups because of the following 3 factors:

#1 Density of the ecosystem:

- Most dense cluster of water technology companies in the US

- 5 of 10 largest water companies in the world with operations or HQ in Milwaukee

- 300+ companies working on the full water cycle

- One of the oldest school of freshwater sciences in the United States at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

#2 Exclusive access to dealflow:

- World’s first in-residency, vertically integrated water technology accelerator

- NSF funded Industry/University Collaborative Research Center (I/U CRC)

- Partnerships with other incubators and accelerators

- Developer of the “Water Collaborative Innovation Platform”

- Academic tech-transfer offices

#3 Partnerships to help companies grow:

- With major municipal water authorities

- With specialized professional service providers

- With demonstration/beta sites within multiple industry verticals

- With water user industry trade organizations

Financial description

The Manager intends to deploy a mixture of debt and equity to portfolio companies. The Manager envisions making multiple small investments across a number of companies. If the portfolio companies are successful in meeting specified milestones, the Manager may follow the initial investment with additional capital.

7 years

of track record


the year funded

5,000,000 USD


Asset manager

SDG goals

SDG targets

Improve water quality, wastewater treatment and safe reuse

Expand and upgrade energy services for developing countries

Impact Category

Key performance indicators

Fund overview

Asset manager: The Water Council

Product track record: Fund has 7 years of track record

Target IRR: n.a.

Committed Capital: n.a.

Target return category: Risk-adjusted market-rate of return

Fund domicile:

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Inception year: 2016

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Target close date: 01/03/2017

Product term: 10 year

Assets under management: 5,000,000 USD (US Dollar)

Investment size: Min: 25,000; Max: 500,000; Avg: 250,000

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Fund investments to date: 0

Fund investments to date exited or repaid: 0

Management fee: n.a.

Carried interest: 15%

Hurdle rate: n.a.

GIIN Investors' Council Investment: No

Limited Partners / Investors: n.a.

Limited Partner / Investor Type: Endowments/Foundations, Family Office


E-mail: n.a.


Phone number: 414.988.8612

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Impact Performance


Impact thesis

While some of the companies focus on environmental remediation, the vast majority focus on providing businesses and consumers critical services to use water more efficiently and more effectively. The fund seeks to invest in the most promising water technology entrepreneurs and companies.

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