INCUBATOR & SKUNKWORKS

Mazarine Labs provides founders a place to explore your vision and accelerate the commercialization of your vision, in partnership with Mazarine and our network of partners     

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MAZARINE LABS
Quietly skunkworking the next generation of solutions that address water/wastewater challenges   
We are more focused on asking the right questions than having all the clever answers 

...and a launchpad

Ready to compete

While we do value creative brainstorming, unpacking competing hypotheses, and 'whiteboarding' customer segments, sooner or later the company needs to soft and hard launch. If pre-launch planning and the launch were done right, incumbent players will immediately take notice.  

Introducing NewCo

Informed by market trends, the competitive landscape, and a network of partners, Mazarine Labs is able to take science projects (eg: university, garage, or dorm room) and launch businesses from scratch (ie: a NewCo) with the inventor/founder and Mazarine's syndicate of early-stage investors.

Sometimes a re-launch makes sense

As an early-stage investor Mazarine sees more than our fair share of young companies who are already in-market, but not quite getting the traction they envisioned. Mazarine Labs is where such companies will find the resources needed to 'catch the wind' and re-launch with more momentum.

A whiteboard...

A safe place to think radically

There is no shortage of creativity in addressing water/wastewater challenges; however, there is a need for a skunkworks space where inventors and entrepreneurs can explore their vision by working with knowledgeable peers and subject matter experts. Mazarine Labs is a safe place for being wrong about something.

Let's get the business model right

Technology is only part of the equation; finding the right business model and go to market strategy are also critical to achieve success. Mazarine Labs is a place to build new business models that are uniquely suited to address water/wastewater challenges in agriculture, buildings, industry, or utilities.

Address the elephant in the room

Before building a website, participating in demo days, or raising money, Mazarine Labs' guiding philosophy is that it is critical to understand, and validate, the unmet need, the potential market opportunity and the buying process.

...and a launchpad

Get ready to compete

While we do value creative brainstorming, unpacking competing hypotheses, and 'whiteboarding', sooner or later the company needs to soft and hard launch. If pre-launch planning and the launch are done right, incumbent players and customers will immediately take notice.

Sometimes a re-launch makes sense

As an early-stage investor Mazarine sees more than our fair share of young companies who are already in-market, but not quite getting the traction they envisioned. Mazarine Labs is where such companies will find the resources needed to 'catch the wind' and re-launch with more momentum.

Perhaps creating NewCo is the way to go

Informed by market trends, the competitive landscape, and a network of partners, Mazarine Labs is able to take science projects (eg: university, garage, or dorm room) and launch businesses from scratch (ie: a NewCo) with the inventor/founder and Mazarine's syndicate of early-stage investors.

Workbenches

Mazarine Labs is organized around virtual workbenches:

  • Each workbench is focused on either a specific submarket, a particularly complex challenge, or an area of need we believe warrants time in our skunkworks. Inherently there is a degree of overlap between workbenches.

  • Workbenches are either public or private

    • Public workbenches have members from Mazarine’s network of investors, venture partners, portfolio companies, and subject matter experts, brainstorming, challenging and exchanging ideas.

    • Private workbenches are confidential, have a more limited scope, are created jointly with investment syndicate partners or corporates to address a specific need or interest.

  • Public workbenches may have one or several active projects, or may be in a phase where we are exploring potential projects.​​

If you are interested in participating in a workbench, have ideas for other workbenches, or would like to explore setting up a private workbench, please send us an e-mail by clicking here.

Workbenches with active projects

Suburban/Rural Utilities

While many companies innovate for the large and essentially impenetrable big utilities, Mazarine finds the small/medium utility opportunity compelling. This workbench explores technical and business innovations that address the needs of the smaller utility.

Data Science & Computer Engineering & IT

A workbench entirely dedicated to data science-related innovations, some of which may not yet have a use case in "water". Areas of inquiry include machine learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), edge computing, natural language processing (NLP), decision sciences, quantum computing, and other leading-edge approaches.

Indirect Water Risk

The 'FIRE' sector (Finance, Insurance, Real Estate) faces growing indirect water-related risks spanning agriculture, real estate, supply chain, etc. Here we explore approaches that mitigated risk through, such as innovations in data science. 

Social Impact

This workbench is home to our efforts to accelerate early-stage companies with offerings that address the water and wastewater needs that deliver meaningful social impact.

Workbenches being explored

Smart Home / Smart Building

Innovations that support owners, operators, and occupiers to more effectively manage water consumption, protect real estate assets, and enhance the health and safety of occupants through IoT and data analytics.

Process Innovation

A workbench for advancing new technologies and new approaches that provide a step-change in the cost/performance ratio of current processes for water and wastewater treatment.

Agriculture & Aquaculture

We are bullish on innovations that address​ water, runoff, and wastewater inefficiencies and risks in agriculture and aquaculture. This ag-tech workbench is where we explore opportunities in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus. 

Surface Water

With a primary focus on public health and source water risks, Mazarine has a focus on innovations that enable enhanced visibility and control of lake, reservoir, and river health, also known as 'smart lakes' or 'smart rivers'.  

PFOS/PFAS

This workbench is dedicated to technological innovations that are effective in testing/scanning and removing/eliminating PFOS / PFAS in the water supply, in wastewater, and in potable water at the point of entry (PoE) and the point of use (PoU)

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