Just in time for the unofficial start of summer, we’re looking at news on startups in Wisconsin developing new water technologies, as well as one that has created a product for water sports enthusiasts. Plus, an award for growth in exports, an upcoming pitch event, commercial licensing agreements, and more happenings in the state’s innovation community.

—The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article that takes stock of efforts to create a strong water technology sector in the city. The newspaper’s assessment is somewhat critical; after explaining how groups in the Milwaukee area have in the past several years sought to market the region “as a global hub of water tech,” reporter John Schmid writes that there has been a dearth of “innovators and entrepreneurs who can generate new investment and growth in the water-driven economy.” Read the full story here.