Water is at the center of the climate crisis. The world will run out of sufficient freshwater to support its growing population by 2040!
The planet produces over 2.5 billion tons of biowaste which is expected to reach 5 billion tons by 2030, with a vast majority of it produced by livestock.
Livestock manure spills into water bodies leading to eutrophication, algae & death of aquatic life.
Agriculture uses 70% of freshwater, majority is used for livestock farming.
During a dairy cow farm visit, Dr. Bailey smelled a strong odor emitted from a large pool holding brown liquid. She asked what the brown liquid was and why does it smell. The farmer joked and informed her that the funky odor was the smell of money.
Then, with a more severe face, the farmer told Dr. Bailey that the "brown liquid" was liquid cow manure and smelled so bad due to greenhouse gasses emitted from the lagoon pool. Lastly, he mentioned expensive environmental fines, pollution, and death of aquatic life could occur if the waste were improperly discharged into the river. Thus, from this experience, Agriwater was born.
In 2021, Dr. Bianca Bailey started Agriwater as a doctoral student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Since then, the company has grown with the help of an angel investor and grant funding via the Department of Energy's Innovation Crossroads Program at Oak Ridge National Lab. Evergreen Climate Innovation & U.S. Bank recently selected Agriwater as the 2023 Climate Tech Inclusion Award Winner.
Founder & CEO of Agriwater
PhD in Agricultural Engineering
Department of Energy
Innovation Crossroads Fellow
Business Operations/Project Manager
Full-Stack Developer, Business Analyst
Former COO, startup scaling, Fundraising, Mentorship
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