Aqualyst is a business and technology catalyst, providing customized services that spark and streamline high-impact water technology innovation. We collaborate with early to mid-stage companies to understand your unique needs and accelerate your growth via pilots, sales, licensing, and/or an exit with less capital, time, energy, and risk. 

We provide a network of resources for innovative water solutions to be developed, piloted and implemented in and around the Pacific Northwest.

Check out more on the Pacific Northwest's unique water innovation ecoystem.

Your Individualized Catalyst

Aqualyst combines a core 14-week program focused on catalyzing your business with lifelong access to PureBlue’s network and strategic support. All of the companies in Cohort 2, will also be featured at WEFTEC, the world’s largest water exhibition.

Our network of industry pioneers will collaborate on your:

Business Development
(e.g., sales, licenses)
Partnership Development

Funding Development

Intellectual Property & Legal Strategy
Technology & Product Development

Who Should Apply?

Aqualyst collaborates with innovative early to mid-stage water companies. Examples include:

Commercial company expanding into a new industry, the U.S., or the Pacific Northwest
Start-up looking to accelerate your growth
Established company launching a new technology or spin-off

Want More Information?
PureBlue is constantly building our water innovation network and resources, so in addition to Aqualyst there may be other ways we can help catalyze your growth. Email our Program Manager, Marielle at and we’d be thrilled to connect!

Our 14-week Timeline


Explore Aqualyst

Check out the tabs below for an overview of the program structure, our network of industry pioneers, how we partner with you on your long-term success and the application process.

If you have more detailed questions please don't hesitate to email our Program Manager Marielle at

Aqualyst's core 14-week program is designed to catalyze your growth, while also giving you the flexibility to continue actively managing your company.

In-Person | Seattle/Tacoma
  • Collaborate
    with industry experts in hands-on workshops
  • Refine and challenge your business strategy
  • Define individualized objectives for the core program (e.g., pilots, investment,licenses, etc.)
  • Select your personal advisor from our network of industry pioneers
  • Tackle your thorny challenges and co-create opportunities during weekly mentor meetings 
  • Learn from Aqualyst alumni and other companies in the Cohort
  • Leverage Aqualyst’s network of industry-leading water entrepreneurs, customers, pilot sites, manufacturers, etc.
In-Person | New Orleans
Aqualyst will feature you and your company at WEFTEC, the world’s largest water exhibition.
Continue to tackle challenges, collaborate with your mentors and leverage PureBlue’s Network 

Last Week:
  • Wrap-up your individualized objectives (e.g., pilots, sales)
  • Refine key priorities and a roadmap for the next 6 months

PureBlue believes the right network can catalyze any business.

That’s why we have recruited the world’s best: Aqualyst’s team, advisors and mentors are pioneers within the water industry, spanning diverse technologies and sectors. They contribute deep experience developing, commercializing, selling and exiting water solutions ranging from cutting-edge membrane technologies to innovative stormwater business models. Here are a few examples:

Interested in potentially serving as a mentor? Email our Program Manager, Marielle at

Dave Paulson

Dave is a pioneer and 45-year veteran in water treatment-focused technical development and a factor in the membrane industry  growth. Involved from the start of Osmonics’ membrane technology, he built its R&D department and leadership in applications development for the reverse osmosis, nanofiltration and ultrafiltration technologies through their technical and commercial infancy through today’s accepted. As Corporate R&D Director for Osmonics, then GE water, Dave led the design, development and commercialization of 16 water treatment product lines, through both internal development and acquisitions.

Teri A. Floyd

Dr. Floyd has been performing environmental investigations and cleanups since the late 1970’s. To date, she’s led the clean-up for more than 20 superfund sites across the country.  With degrees in both chemistry and engineering, she brings 40+ years of experience in environmental conservation. Teri is truly a pioneering female entrepreneur in the industry and has owned and exited 3 successful environmental companies, including Floyd | Snider, the region’s leading environmental engineering & strategy consulting firm.

Craig Doberstein

Craig is President of CPD Solutions, and prior to that he was the Director of Water Resources at Herrera Environmental. Craig has over 20 years of experience working with all aspects of stormwater management in the Pacific Northwest. This includes stormwater and watershed planning, stormwater regulation and guidance manual development, BMP design and performance monitoring, water resource policy and regulatory development, low impact development, and stream restoration and dynamics. Craig has been recognized regionally for his unique expertise in solving regional stormwater challenges, leading to roles as a stormwater technical expert on significant regional projects and committees. 

Randy Truby

Randy is a global thought leader and entrepreneur in membrane marketing, development, application and manufacturing. Over the last 45 years, he has led numerous large-scale desalination systems globally. He formerly served as VP of Aqua Media Ltd., CEO of Fluid Systems Corporation, VP of Hydranautics/Nitto, CEO of Toray Membrane USA and CEO of NeoTech Aqua Solutions. He also drove international collaboration and innovation as the President, VP, and Chairman of International Desalination Association (IDA), American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA), and Affordable Desalination Collaboration (ADC), respectively.

Aqualyst partners with you to ensure both your immediate and long-term success:

No Upfront Cost & Pay for Success

There’s no overhead cost to participate. Aqualyst only receives a small success share of projects we generate and help you close.

Aligned Incentives

Equity is a powerful tool for aligning incentives. Accordingly, we are committed to your growth and success for your company's entire lifetime.

Lifelong Access

Welcome to the PureBlue family!
As family, you have lifetime access to our network and support.

Our initial application for Cohort 2 closes April 30. The selection process is competitive, but the initial application is relatively quick (about 2 hours). We know you're busy running and growing your business!

Here's what you can expect for the application process overall:

Welcoming Applications | Due April 30

We're seeking mindful entrepreneurs and transformative technologies for our 2018 cohort.
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