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Success Story: Aquacycl

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.

Use of Capital Infusion Funds

The financing was used to support the company’s pilot tests with large worldwide organizations including product development and hiring additional staff.

Areas of Assistance

Obtain Financing
Obtain Angel Funding
Connections to Investors
Investor Pitch Practice/Pitch Deck

Economic Impact

Capital Infusion: $7.7M
Owner Investment: $4M
Jobs Created: 6


San Diego, CA 92121

Dr. Orianna Bretschgher, CEO and Founder of Aquacyl a success story of the San Diego & Imperial SBDC

“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, Aquacycl

Aquacycl – Cost-effective, Scalable Wastewater Treatment

The team at Aquacycl, a success story from the San Diego & Imperial SBDC
Aquacycl at the Global Maker Challenge, The team at Aquacyl, a success story from the San Diego & Imperial SBDC
Aquacycl, a success story from the San Diego & Imperial SBDC

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