HYDRAO is a French water-tech & data startup, based in Grenoble and an active player in the French ecosystem. The company is a member of French Tech, the Minalogic technology cluster and the GreenTech Verte incubator overseen by the French Minister of the Environment.
HYDRAO was born out of a vision: find innovative smart solutions to better manage our water resource.
Being very water-conservation conscious, Gabriel Della-Monica, the inventor and founder of the HYDRAO project, wanted to use smart devices to enable users to become actively involved in water conservation. He also has 4 teenage daughters at home, and was also looking for ways to reduce his water bill and to have some hot water left over in the morning…
Gabriel holds an electronics engineering degree and has worked in telecoms in the European space industry (four Ariane rocket launches), as well as in mass consumer applications (Wifi, telephony, 3/4G…). He set up HYDRAO in the renowned high-technology nano and microelectronics cluster in Grenoble.
After two years of R&D, HYDRAO the world’s first smart showerhead was launched en-2015. It is the result of Gabriel’s eco-awareness and his vision for the preservation of our planet’s water resource. Furthermore, the company has subcontracted the manufacturing to a local Grenoble firm that promotes the integration of disabled workers, a reflection of the company’s societal commitment.
Multiple awards & international recognition
Following the company’s first ever award for Best-in-Innovation from ST Microelectronics, HYDRAO has since garnered numerous awards both in France and abroad: amongst which a 2016 CES Innovation Award and two 2017 CES Innovation Awards for our 2 new prototypes and two 2017 UK Water Efficiency Product Awards from the well-respected NGO Waterwise.
Recognized by the international Water Industry
In September 2016, HYDRAO was one of the first French start-ups selected to join the new Green Tech Verte incubator. Created in the style of the major American incubators, this new structure aims to help develop innovation in sustainable products and services. The aim is to unite the worlds of digital innovation and sustainable energy to enable joint research and development that will help the future economy and society as a whole.
The French minister for the Environment, Energy and Sea, Segolene Royal, present for the opening of the incubator on the site of the Ponts et Chaussées engineering school just outside of Paris, was happy to receive her own HYDRAO First smart showerhead. The event was a great platform to discuss openly with the French government and other start-ups about the future of innovation and the creation of solutions that help individual users to use less energy and core resources.
Green Tech Verte support for HYDRAO:Financial aid, business support, including executive coaching, investment speed dating and data usage and scientific and technical networking support and introductions.
Supported by the European Union
HYDRAO is supported by the European Union with the ERDF program (European Regional Development Fund).
60% savings on water thanks to HYDRAO for end consumers.
HYDRAO Shower is already a success in the consumer market with more than 6000 units sold. HYDRAO shower users confirm they changed behaviour under the shower: they use on average 28,6L vs a European average of 75L per shower!