Ari and 1O.1O.1O were featured in a Wired Insider article “Waterlyzer [now "spout"] Offers Access to Water Quality Data in the Wake of the Flint Crisis.” The company has now raised more than $2mm in capital.
The startup world is dominated by men. Still. This is no secret. Just 17 percent of venture-backed startups have a female founder, according to a 2017 Crunchbase survey of more than 40,000 global firms. And that figure hasn’t changed in five years.
There’s a buzz around smart cities and it’s got something to do with the energy of experimentation, start-ups, accelerators, competitions, hackathons, disruptors, digital pioneers, new ideas et al.
And while for many entrepreneurs the smart city movement offers them a first foray into business, in Denver, Colorado, a small group of serial, highly successful and very well-seasoned entrepreneurs are about to turn their business acumen to the smart city space.
After three years of programming in the health sector, Denver-based 10.10.10 nonprofit that seeks to match entrepreneurs with "wicked problems," launches its "Cities" program, focusing on water and infrastructure challenges, Monday, October 16.
Sometimes, seemingly intractable, “wicked problems" need an outsider to break through with a solution.
That’s the idea behind the 10.10.10 initiative, a nonprofit founded by local serial entrepreneur Tom Higley, who brings together 10 experienced entrepreneurs from Colorado and across the country to discuss 10 “wicked problems” over a period of 10 days.
Last February, businessman Tom Higley brought 10 entrepreneurs together in Denver to discuss 10 of the toughest problems in health care and see if they could launch companies to address them. And after 10 days of intense discussions followed by
The ranks of entrepreneurs, including successful serial entrepreneurs, are increasing. And we have begun to see signs of a new ‘new thing’–the belief that entrepreneurs hold the key to tackling some of the world’s wicked problems.
Ten successful prospective CEOs from around the country have come together for the next 10 days to tap into their experience and creativity to explore market-based solutions to 10 “wicked” health problems in a program founded by Denver entrepreneur Tom Higley.
Last year’s catchy 10.10.10 health event returns June 20, and organizers say the 10-day Denver creation is still very focused on how “successful entrepreneurs come together to identify their ‘next big thing.'”