October 23, 2017
Press Release
Hamilton Mill Wins Ohio Economic Development Association Award

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For Immediate Release
Antony Seppi
The Hamilton Mill


Hamilton Mill's Pipeline H2O Program Wins Ohio Economic Development Association Award

For Excellence in Economic Development Innovation

HAMILTON, Ohio - The Hamilton Mill's Pipeline H2O program was recognized on Thursday, October 19 at the 2017 Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) Annual Excellence Awards program in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio Economic Development Association's Annual Excellence Awards program acknowledges the achievements of individuals and organizations in Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development. The Pipeline H2O program was selected as the winner of the "Excellence in Economic Development Innovation" category. This is the second time in three years that The Hamilton Mill has been recognized by the OEDA for "Excellence in Economic Development Innovation", having been recognized in 2014 for this prestigious award. 

The Pipeline H2O program was launched in September 2016 with a mission of identifying and commercializing the world’s leading water-based startup technologies in the world. Pipeline H2O is managed by The Hamilton Mill, a small business incubator located in Hamilton, Ohio that focuses on clean energy and advanced manufacturing technologies. The Hamilton Mill has a unique “City as a Lab” approach which enables companies to quickly engage with municipal departments to prototype and test their products. 

The program is supported by a coalition of regional cities, utilities, universities, and startup organizations including Village Capital, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati Water Works, Confluence, the University of Cincinnati’s water center, Xavier University’s Center for Innovation, the City of Cincinnati, the City of Hamilton, Cintrifuse and The Hamilton Mill.

Antony Seppi, Pipeline H2O Program Director, said, “This is a truly regional collaborative and we are honored to accept this award on behalf of all the partners and organizations that made this happen.”

Pipeline H2O completed its first class in May 2017 by awarding $25,000 each to two companies. Several of the 2017 Pipeline H2O class members continue to work in the region and throughout the world to address water-related challenges faced by local businesses and public entities. More information about the 2017 Pipeline H2O Class is available here. 

The program is actively recruiting water-tech startups to fill out its 2018 class. Applications are open until November 19, 2017 and Pipeline H2O hopes to attract 8-10 startups for the 2018 class. 

In addition to the 2017 OEDA award, Pipeline H2O was also recognized earlier this year by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA - GCC) for "Program Excellence"

To learn more about the Ohio Economic Development Association click here.

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This video presents the Pipeline H2O Program from The Hamilton Mill. The Pipeline H2O program was selected as the winner of the 2017 "Excellence in Economic Development Innovation" category by the Ohio Economic Development Association.
OEDA Awards Ceremony. Left to Right - Chris Schmenk (Counsel, Bricker & Eckler), Antony Seppi (Program Director, Pipeline H2O), Chris Lawson (Executive Director, The Hamilton Mill), Dan Evers (OEDA President). 
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About The Hamilton Mill

The Hamilton Mill, based in Hamilton, Ohio, is an award winning business incubator that provides support for young companies and entrepreneurs focused on clean energy and advanced manufacturing technologies. The Hamilton Mill has partnerships with the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Utilities, Miami University, University of Cincinnati, Butler Tech, Cintrifuse, CincyTech, Queen City Angels, The Greater Cincinnati Venture Association, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation SBDC, SCORE, Confluence, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, Green Umbrella, CenterGrid, Liferay Inc., PowerIT Solutions and The Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.
About the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA)

The Ohio Economic Development Association’s mission is:  Working together to advance Ohio’s economy by Advocating, Training, Networking, and Workforce Development.  The OEDA supports efforts by state, regional and local governments and other organizations to strengthen the economic climate in Ohio, foster employment growth and expand economic opportunities for Ohio’s citizens.  For more information about OEDA, please visit  
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