A solutions-to-market competition aiming to help support the next breakthrough in the water sector.

Rajlakshmi De

Co-Director Raj is a second-year MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Her interests include international development, sustainability, technology and analytics. She completed her undergraduate degree in economics at Duke University, and spent three years as a researcher at Stanford Law School and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. As a researcher, Raj studied water infrastructure, health, and education in Malawi, innovation in Kenya and Uganda, and financial instruments in rural India. She has also worked with LinkedIn to measure gendered differences in professional self-promotion. At Sloan, Raj plans to help develop technology products that provide improved access to health, water, and sanitation around the world.


Janelle Heslop

Co-Director Janelle is a dual degree candidate at MIT, where she is pursuing both a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and an M.B.A. Before MIT, Janelle was a manager at Veolia, a leading global water services company, where she led the operations of large-scale performance improvement and optimization programs for water utilities. Prior to Veolia, Janelle was a management consultant at GreenOrder, advising Fortune 500 companies on sustainability and innovation. Recently, Janelle was named a GreenBiz 30 Under 30 sustainability leader and nominated to the Grist 50 Fixers list by Lisa Jackson (Apple's environmental VP). She graduated with distinction from Columbia University, receiving a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Engineering. Janelle is passionate about ideas at the intersection of environmental sustainability, resource efficiency, analytics, and technology.


Javier Renna

VP Partnerships Javier is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Javier started his career in investment banking at JP Morgan in Argentina and New York, where he covered clients in the retail and consumer space. After four years, he decided to follow his passion for water sports and sustainability, and partnered with a friend to build a startup making bags and backpacks out of reused kitesurf and boat sails. At MIT, Javier wants to get involved with the water community and find innovative startups that are helping to solve different problems in this space. He graduated with distinctions from McGill University (Montreal, Canada), receiving a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Javier loves the outdoors and has a passion for water sports, mainly surfing and waterskiing.


Zona Liu

VP Growth Zona is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan, she has led the business development team at HAX (SOSV), the world's largest hardware accelerator-based venture capital fund, working closely with IoT startups across sectors, including consumer, healthcare to industrial robotics. Before HAX, she has spent five years in Principal Strategic Investment team at Goldman Sachs, driving FinTech venture investments in Asia Pacific and structuring strategic partnerships. Zona graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Hong Kong, earning a Bachelor of Economics & Finance as well as Minor in Mathematics. In her spare time, Zona is an enthusiastic scuba diver and has been certified as PADI Divemaster as part of her journey in exploring the blue.


Jeffrey Tedmori

VP Business Development Jeff is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, Jeff was living in Southern California, working for Patagonia in various functions including accounting, Finance, and most recently Corporate Development. As a member of the Corporate Development Team, Jeff was conducting due diligence and managing deal flow for Patagonia’s Corporate VC, Tin Shed Ventures. At MIT, Jeff plans to focus on impact-driven startups in the water space that address global issues related to fisheries and marine plastic pollution. Jeff is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for backpacking (John Muir Trail, 2018) and all hobbies related to the ocean: fishing, diving, surfing, and sailing. Jeff’s internal mission is to use business to preserve the world's oceans.