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Instream Water
What is it?

Instream Water is a sustainability-oriented company focused on reducing the number or single-use plastic water bottles manufactured and disposed of by altering the way filtered water is distributed. We are designing and manufacturing a network of free-standing weatherproof filtered water refill stations that will be installed in public places and dispense filtered water into a consumer’s reusable bottle for a small fee. The refill stations utilize existing plumbing infrastructure from any commercial or municipal source, filter all chemical, biological, and physical contaminants, and dispense either ambient, chilled, or sparkling water into a reusable bottle for $0.01-$0.03 per ounce. We have engineered a transaction platform the uses RFID chips embedded in reusable water bottles that allows consumers to transact conveniently at any Instream Water refill station.

Founder of Instream Water

Patrick Mahncke was born in Colorado Springs, a third generation native to Colorado. Mr. Mahncke attended the University of San Diego, where he graduated with a business degree in Finance and Management. Upon graduation, he moved back to Colorado and founded USA Mobility, a medical equipment company specializing in the provision of custom mobility solutions for people suffering from injury or disease limiting their mobility. USA Mobility was acquired by National Seating and Mobility in May 2015. Patrick is currently the founder and CEO of Instream Water; an innovative company that is changing the way filtered water is distributed. Patrick also serves on several non-profit boards including the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition (CCDC), a disability rights organization that focuses on ensuring people living with disabilities have equal rights and equal access. He also serves as the board treasurer for the Spina Bifida Association of Colorado and is a former board member with the Colorado Medicaid DME Advisory Board and the Colorado Association for Medical Equipment Services.

What is it?
Microlyze is a digital biotech company that will provide consumers and utilities actionable data about one of the world’s most vital natural resources, water. Microlyze is committed to empowering water utilities to better provide the public with safe drinking water. A key to better water lies in the understanding of what's coming out of each and every tap. Finding sites of concern before they become a crisis is imperative. Microlyze shows utilities where to focus their attention, neighborhood by neighborhood by providing a cost effective, simple, hassle-free way of mass-collecting and harnessing the crucial information streaming from taps. The smartphone-enabled Waterlyzer is the first on-demand, from the source testing device that provides real results in real-time about the water consumed in the home. Microlyze will provide new actionable data on public drinking water. Consumers discover what they're drinking. Communities uncover potential threats. Utilities act before an incident becomes an outbreak.

Founder of Microlyze

Ari Kaufman, CEO successfully capitalizes on mature underserved market opportunities. He has led startups, turn-arounds and early-stage growth companies for 20 years. Ari has been involved in multiple projects that have included raising capital, mergers and acquisitions and successful exits, including two initial public offerings (IPO).

Ari has committed himself to proactively developing winning cultures that promote ownership and accountability. His Own Your Shit mantra has received national notoriety and accolades from some of the most prestigious publications. Ari is considered a beacon for talent and true nurturer of people. His visionary leadership is complimented by his ability to attract and hire strong teams that execute.

Ari is a New York transplant living in Denver, Colorado with his wife and three children. He studied Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and, while he is an incredibly well-trained dog owner, he is not a veterinarian.

Running Rivers
Running Rivers is a 100% volunteer-led, Colorado-based 501(c)(3) organization; a small group of Coloradans who are passionate about improving our state's naturally functioning waters and creating new ways to sustainably enjoy them. 

At Running Rivers, we firmly believe that the best way to ensure the preservation, protection, and maintenance of our irreplaceable public lands and waters is to develop and foster the stewards who will stand up in their defense. Our programs create unique opportunities for people to experience public lands and waters in novel and fun ways, to expand their depth of understanding of the importance of healthy functioning freshwater ecosystems, and to invest in their time, money, and sweat through on-the-ground stewardship projects.

Conservation through Recreation! 

Founder of Running Rivers

My name is Andrew Todd, and I am the founder and president of Running Rivers.  Professionally, I have served for nearly 15 years in the federal government as an aquatic biologist / ecotoxicologist evaluating the impact of diverse human-caused stressors (e.g. acid-rock drainage, climate change, water extraction) to cold-water rivers and streams.  I received my B.A. in biology from Williams College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  I served for 9 years on the governor-appointed Colorado Water Quality Control Commission (Chair for 2 years) and I am the current president of the American Fisheries Society’s Water Quality Section.  

I am an avid trail runner, fly fisherman, and craft beer enthusiast, and I fused these three passions into a new sport I call the Flyathlon ( to raise money for cold-water conservation projects.  In 2016, I founded Running Rivers to house the Flyathlon and other recreation-based conservation programs.  Over the last 4 years, our organization has raised more than $100,000 for on-the-ground projects.

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What is it?

n2Water, LLC focuses on generating a “Net New Water” supply that is a distributed, national freshwater solution that does not require using our water utility companies who, in turn, rely on our aquifers, rivers & reservoirs. n2Water, LLC is leveraging current and emerging technologies at the consumer, household, commercial and community level alleviating absolute dependence on current drinking water sources and infrastructures. 
Bring a “Net New Water” supply into homes, businesses, and communities.
•Provide mobile disaster fresh water relief
•Capture and treat spent fracking water
•Capture, treat and store heavy rain events to begin recharging our nations aquifers

Founder of n2water

Mike Schultz is a technology and consumer-packaged goods entrepreneur, thought leader, strategist, and speaker specializing in strategic and tactical, business development & sales principals.
Prior to founding n2Water LLC, Mr. Schultz was founder, president and CEO of Sedulous Foods Inc. Through Mr. Schultz’s leadership, Sedulous Foods & Schultz’s Gourmet grew into a robust, nationally distributed brand, that penetrated the natural/organic, conventional and warehouse membership retailers. Today Schultz’s Gourmet can be found coast to coast throughout North America and Canada. Schultz’s was acquired by a brands management company in late 2016.  Prior to launching Sedulous Foods and Schultz’s Gourmet, Mr. Schultz was Co-Founder and EVP of Innerwall Inc. a next generation cyber security software development and consulting company. He helped build a cyber-security software and services company specializing in real-time trust management and protection solutions for “the network of things”. Sold the company to a strategic partner. 

Through much of his career Mr. Schultz has held senior and executive level management positions in sales and business development that required a hands-on team building management style to deliver robust growth expectations. Mike is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay; Bachelor of Sciences Degree with a double major in Business and Communications.



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