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“The connections, coaching, and feedback provided by the Brink SBDC were invaluable in helping us close a $4M seed round, including a $295,000 investment from their incredible San Diego Angel Conference, and they also provided valuable training and community partner introductions.”

– Dr. Orianna Bretschger, CEO


Economic Impact:

Areas of Assistance:

  • Capital Infusion: $7.7M

  • Obtain Financing

  • Owner Investment: $4M

  • Obtain Angel Funding

  • Jobs Created: 6

  • Connections to Investors

  • Investor Pitch Practice/Pitch Deck

Description of Business:

Founded in 2016 by Dr. Orianna Bretschger, Aquacycl ( is a wastewater technology company that helps food and beverage manufacturers save up to 90% in treatment costs while also solving a critical environmental problem caused by 80% of current wastewater being released untreated into our rivers and oceans.

The company’s BioElectrochemical Treatment Technology uses naturally existing bacteria to convert organic waste and sludge into direct electricity without any methane production, and treats wastewater that is 5-10x stronger than the current industry standard.

Aquacycl’s industry-leading tech can potentially disrupt the international wastewater market, and their $50M sales pipeline includes major global companies such as Mars and Anheuser-Busch.

Use of Capital Infusion Funds:

The financing was utilized to support the company’s pilot tests with Mars and Anheuser-Busch including product development and hiring additional staff.


San Diego, CA 92121