Doug Cameron left his post as chief science advisor at investment bank Piper Jaffray this summer to form Alberti Advisors, a firm helping clean-tech, renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture companies plan business strategies and attract capital. Cameron worked with Lois Quam at Piper, and Alberti Advisors has forged an alliance with Tysvar, the firm Quam started last year to incubate clean-tech and health-related companies from Norway looking to enter the U.S. market.
NewWater is the 10th company launched with U of M technology in the past 18 months. Its water filtration system uses enzymes developed at the U as a catalyst. They cause bacteria to digest and break down atrazine, a widely used herbicide linked to cancers and other health risks, that’s a municipal water treatment problem in agricultural regions.
Pentair, through its foundation, is funding a project by the national WateReuse Research Foundation that will help developers and architects put water re-use systems into new buildings. A grant of $175,000 will enable WateReuse to publish a how-to document for setting up systems that harvest and treat rainwater and graywater, which greatly reduces a building’s need for city water.
Bring Me the News, the news aggregating and multimedia broadcast business launched by former KARE 11 news anchor Rick Kupchella last year, drew $1 million in investment from Jim Dolan’s Dolan Company and public relations firm Padilla Speer Beardsley in August.
More Beer Here: The latest microbrewery to put out the word about a start-up is Jason Soward’s Harriet Brewing, setting up shop near Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis.