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Orianna Bretschger, Aquacycl, photo courtesy Cartier Women's Initiative

What They Do

Aquacycl is a San Diego startup providing sustainable and cost-effective wastewater treatment services to food and beverage customers. Aquacycl’s BioElectrochemical Treatment Technology BETT systems operate at twenty to sixty-five percent lower operational costs than existing processes used within the food and beverage industry. Aquacycl’s core mission statement is “Sanitation and Water for All.” Over eighty percent of all wastewater generated globally is discharged to the environment with minimal or no treatment at all. The practice of direct wastewater discharge has devastating impacts on environmental and human health.

Why We Invested

As the business scales, the BETT cost-of-goods will further reduce and enable cost competitive solutions. Aquacycl has the opportunity for a project with a major beverage manufacturing facility in central California, which will enable the company to hire back team members who were furloughed due to the COVID-19 crisis. The project will also enable new jobs and training opportunities in area of the facility since Aquacycl will be working with local teams for some portions of operation.

Aquacycl needed working capital to support the development of the project, and a private investor reached out to Montcalm Capital, who worked with Mission Driven Finance to facilitate this financial support.

Impact Segment

Skill training and workforce development

Creating quality jobs

Shaping local markets

Impact Vehicle

Custom solution

Date of Investment

December 2020

Impact Geography

San Diego, CA, nationwide and Mexico


Orianna Bretschger,
CEO & Founder

Sofia Babanova,
VP of R&D & Co-founder

Ryoji Naito,
VP of Hardware & Manufacturing & Co-founder

Year Founded