LIFT, the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology, is a WEF/WE&RF initiative that helps move new water technologies to market quickly and efficiently. Organizations (WEF Member Associations (MAs), water hubs and clusters, state-sections, associations, NGOs) can become LIFT Affiliates, acting as local LIFT partners to help accelerate innovation.
LIFT Affiliates are well positioned to understand local needs, serving as main points of contact to connect local innovation interests, activities, and resources with LIFT. LIFT Affiliates help ensure information flows to and from the national program and help to foster and grow a culture of innovation in their region.
Becoming a LIFT Affiliate
Organizations that are interested in becoming a LIFT Affiliate should download the LIFT Affiliate flyer on this web page to view program details and benefits.
LIFT Affiliates will have use of the LIFT Affiliate logo for all relevant activities and programs.
Participating as a LIFT Affiliate
LIFT Affiliates are encouraged to develop activities and programming around innovation and new technologies drawing upon both local and national resources including the LIFT Affiliate Toolbox. Some examples of LIFT Affiliate activities may include:
- shark tank-type technology events
- new technology vendor presentations
- expert presentations on new technology topics
- utility information sharing on innovation efforts
- test bed efforts
- regulatory and policy activities related to innovation
- programs to connect universities and utilities
- new technology tours
- internships, mentorships, and staff exchanges
LIFT Affiliates can also submit ideas for promising new technologies their organizations encounter through the LIFT Technology Scans Program
or they can encourage technology providers to submit an application directly.
For more information or to become a LIFT Affiliate contact: