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Past Innovation Challenge Winner Continues Growth, Receives Funding
June 21, 2018
Aclarity, LLC has recently been awarded additional funding via the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) Catalyst grant program, the 2018 Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) Accelerator and the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (NSF SBIR) grant program.
Founded and led by Julie Bliss Mullen, engineering PhD candidate and Barrett Mully, 2018 MBA graduate (seen right with Isenberg Vice Dean Tom Moliterno), Aclarity is a water technology company committed to providing clean, safe, water for various applications globally. The duo won the top award at Berthiaume Center’s 2017 Innovation Challenge Final, claiming $26,000 in seed money to help jump-start the company. After incorporating under Aclarity in May 2017 and the start of a collaboration with industry leader Watts Water Technologies, Inc. for the residential market, the venture also participated in Berthiaume’s inaugural Summer Accelerator during the summer of 2017.
In April 2018, Aclarity was awarded the MassCEC grant ($65,000) to develop five prototypes using its patent-pending technology, was named a Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative Spirit Awardee and was a finalist for the MIT Water Innovation Prize. In late May, competing in the intensive, four-month Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator, Mullen and Mully earned $27,500 in funding.
The summer months began with more good news from the NSF SBIR program, as Mullen and Mully received $225,000 in funding. The future of Aclarity is promising as the duo looks to expand their technology beyond the residential market.