Building water technology leaders in Singapore for global markets

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Experienced Water Tech Investors Joining Forces

ripple2wave is a Singapore-based incubator building emerging water technology leaders to serve global markets.

We are a joint venture between Singaporean VFT Ventures and Emerald Technology Ventures, a globally active Cleantech Investor with a twenty-year investment history. Part of this history has been a unique traction in the water space including successful exits to major industry players (SUEZ, XYLEM and BASF). Meanwhile, VFT successfully commercialised technologies from A*Star through Zweec Analytics.

ripple2wave is supported by Enterprise Singapore and PUB creating a unique eco-system for emerging water technology startups.


Helge Daebel

Dr. Helge Daebel

Managing Director

15 years of leading the water practice at Emerald Technology Ventures. Exits include Optimatics (acquired by SUEZ), Pure Technologies (acquired by Xylem) and inge water technologies (acquired by BASF). PhD in environmental engineering from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and MSc Civil Engineering (KIT, Germany).

Yeo Chai Meng

Yeo Chai Meng


Chai Meng brings deep engineering and startup experience to ripple2wave. He also drives ZWEEC’s operational development and growth as its Deputy CEO. He has spearheaded projects over the last 20 years in the semiconductor, electro-optics and aerospace industries and has been involved in several engineering company start-ups. Mr Yeo holds a Master of Science (Material Science) and a Bachelor of Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Catherine Yue

Dr. Catherine Yue

Senior Incubation Director

Experienced engineer in the utilities industry. Skilled in membrane separation, water quality, wastewater treatment and recycling technology. PhD (Environmental Engineering) National University of Singapore.


Dr. Vishal Wagholikar

Incubator Manager

7 years of research experience in membrane technologies for desalination and industrial wastewater treatment. PhD in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore.


Our partners include savvy water tech venture capitalists, a globally leading water utility, local government agencies as well as a network of international corporates and individuals: A perfect eco system to connect local water startups with global markets.

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