—The Water Council, based in Milwaukee, unveiled the five startups in the latest class of its water tech accelerator, dubbed “Business. Research. Entrepreneurship. In Wisconsin.”—the BREW for short. Three of the companies are based in Wisconsin, one is from Canada, and one is from Australia. Since 2013, startups that have participated in the BREW have raised $2.6 million in follow-on capital, The Water Council said in a press release.

—In related news, the Milwaukee-based water heater maker A.O. Smith (NYSE: AOS), which recently signed on to help support the BREW, announced Nanolytix as the winner of A.O. Smith’s Brew Corporate challenge, BizTimes Media reported. Ontario, Canada-based Nanolytix is developing technology to detect contaminants in real time using a combination of sensors and software. A.O. Smith will invest $50,000 in Nanolytix, and the startup will receive office space at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, which houses The Water Council and the BREW.

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