Grundfos Executives Talk Startups, Sustainable Partnerships

09/28/2012

Jes Munk Hansen and Henrik Skov Laursen will be joining some of the most visionary leaders in the wastewater industry to speak at the Innovation Showcase during WEFTEC 2012.

Jes Munk Hansen, president of Grundfos North America, and Henrik Skov Laursen, head of Grundfos’ Silicon Valley Innovation Office, will be joining some of the most visionary leaders in the wastewater industry to speak at the Innovation Showcase during WEFTEC 2012, the Water Environment Federation’s 85th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference.

Hansen will give a broad look into the nexus between water and energy and why it should be a strategic focus for corporations. This subject is especially pertinent in WEFTEC 2012’s host city, New Orleans, which has the potential to attract water industry business that could drive growth in the region and aid in post-Katrina development. Laursen, meanwhile, will help gear startups toward sustainable partnerships with larger corporations. Using Grundfos as a case, he will explain how corporations value partnership and the mechanics of that engagement.

In addition, Hansen and Laursen will describe the accelerator process between a large company and a new startup, examining the importance of a strategic fit. They will also explain how large corporations scout for new technologies and what they look for in a sustainable partnership.

Both will be speaking at the Innovation Showcase’s Investors Forum on Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. The session is meant to foster the important communication between the key players in venture capital, including investors, inventors, companies, consulting engineers and end users. The audience will learn the basics to demystifying the investment capital process and get advanced tips from the investors themselves.

Grundfos North America will also be participating in the exhibition from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, featuring many of its cutting-edge technologies, including the SE, the FL and the new S-tube impeller, an innovative channel impeller that offers greater hydraulic efficiency than its peers without compromising free passage. WEFTEC attendees can find Grundfos in booth 3027.

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