Water for a Sustainable Future - Water SME Scouting

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Collaboration with Linamar
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Challenge overview


Wazoku is helping Linamar to scout for innovative start-ups, scale-ups, and companies with game-changing hardware technologies in the fields of water, water resource management, and irrigation/sanitation.

With a rich 60-year legacy in manufacturing, Linamar is now partnering with startups and scale-ups in the water sector, assisting their hardware product launch and commercialization. Leveraging our strong presence in global manufacturing, our objective is to safeguard water access and usage in new, sustainable ways.

Linamar is excited to collaborate and support forward-thinking companies, ushering in a dynamic future in:

  • Water Supply
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Stormwater management
  • Water conservation
  • Desalination
  • Irrigation
  • Industrial water management
  • Water quality monitoring
  • and other, innovative hardware solutions!

If you have a Water hardware solution of relevance, please join the Challenge and submit your details. Following your submission, Wazoku and Linamar will review your details and organize subsequent contact to discuss potential collaboration.

Or, if you'd like to learn more by email, please submit your details here in order to be put in touch with the Innovation Lead - Europe or North America for Linamar.

This is a Scouting Challenge seeking a partner or supplier to provide systems or expertise to solve the Seeker’s business challenge; the Solver is invited to submit a written proposal at the Typeform to be evaluated by the Seeker with the goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 17 Jan 2024.
Late submissions will not be considered.



Linamar is one of the world’s leading advanced manufacturing companies, combining technology and expertise to create solutions that power vehicles, motion, work, and lives. Headquartered in Canada, with multiple convenient global locations specialized in manufacturing both Industrial and Mobility solutions.

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With expertise no matter the material used, partnering with Linamar can provide a successful launchpad to bring your hardware offering to market quickly, safely, and cost-effectively. With a growing manufacturing need across the world, Linamar’s global supply chain provides peace of mind, with everything you need to scale and support your solution handled in an existing, proven system.

Linamar are looking for start-ups and scale-ups with hardware solutions in Water looking to partner with our manufacturing, assembly, and supply chain capabilities.

We're focused on collaborating with innovative partners who are:

  • In a go-to-market or growth phase
  • Looking for an advanced manufacturing partner to scale up production
  • Seeking a more resilient supply chain
  • Aiming to delegate purchasing, assembly, and manufacturing operations



Linamar is excited about the opportunities to play in developing a better global water infrastructure. Supporting innovative start-ups and scale-ups in water will help achieve needs for clean water access, increased conservation, and more decentralized systems in the future. Manufacturing with Linamar could help your start-up/scale-up unlock a diverse range of capabilities that are continually evolving to better meet the needs of a global market.

If you'd like to learn more about the Water initiative, please find more information here and you can apply via email in this landing page, too.

Solvers from innovative start-ups and scale-ups who apply must have:

  • Innovative hardware solutions - Linamar's capability in manufacturing requires at least some degree of hardware component in your proposed technology.
  • Desire to scale-up your production and expand your business by working with an advanced manufacturing partner
  • Medium-to-high predicted market demand and production volume
  • High level of maturity - while Linamar appreciates all Solver submissions to this project, Linamar will only be moving forward with contacting companies at a reasonably high level of maturity, with Technology Readiness Levels 6 - 9 encouraged.



  1. Complete the contact and technology questions - Linamar may have a few short questions about your responses before booking in a meeting around your company's aims, readiness, and funding.
  2. Shortlisting and Decisions - Linamar will carefully evaluate all start-up and scale-up applications. Those selected will be invited to a 1-1 interview, wit all Solvers who submit a proposal being notified about the status of their submissions.

  3. Next Steps - Scale up your manufacturing power and grow your success, if chosen. Linamar will tailor each collaboration to your needs to ensure a successful long-term partnership.

Initially, what you submit to Linamar should be high-level company information and assets you are comfortable sharing publicly. The first interview will be to assess fit, which will then be followed by a more in-depth interview where you will be covered by a NDA.

Wazoku and Linamar are committed to letting all interested parties know about their fit for these projects as quickly as possible. After initial Wazoku screening, Linamar will let us know within 2 weeks of receipt of your proposal whether they would like to move forward with an initial interview. Then, after your initial interview, Linamar is committed to sharing their intentions and next steps (if applicable) within a subsequent 2-week time period.

Where possible, Wazoku Crowd staff will provide reasonable notice and analysis on why your application did or did not move to the next stage for all start-ups and scale-ups that complete the submission form relevantly and clearly.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 17 Jan 2023.
Late submissions will not be considered.

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