Rafael Gonzalez on the Founding of Portaqua

Portaqua, LLC is a manufacturer of patent pending lightweight portable drinking water processing systems designed for fast easy setup and operations. With multiple model options including Bottling Plant System (BPS) for local bottling needs, Commercial Plant System (CPS) for local hotels, hospital and communities and Emergency Plant System (EPS) for quick emergency response system, Portaqua is the solution for portable water treatment at any location with a usable water source.

Portaqua is a member company of business acceleration center VT KnowledgeWorks.

A comprehensive article, "Portaqua:  Changing Lives at the First Drop," by Z. Kelly Queijo, was published in the Blue Ridge Business Journal on 2/23/09.  Thanks to the Blue Ridge Business Journal, we share the full text of the article with you here.  For photographs,  please view this reprint (.pdf), courtesy of the Blue Ridge Business Journal.

For further information, you're invited to read more about Portaqua on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks.


VT KnowledgeWorks is a unique growth enhancement program open to entrepreneurs in the New River Valley and beyond.  Acceleration center and incubation facilities are located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Programs for Members are divided into two categories according to the evolutionary status of the member company.  Pre-Launch program components are carefully constructed to help market-worthy ventures organize, formulate strategy, obtain outside investment, and launch in an efficient manner.  Enterprise class members benefit from emphasis on strategic support for ongoing growth, continuing intra-preneurship, and professional development for the corporate leader.


VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge TrophyVT KnowledgeWorks has announced a Global Student Business Concept Challenge, August 29 – September 4, 2010, in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA.  The Challenge celebrates the energy and ingenuity of university students and their important contributions to the future of our global economy.  The name of the winning team, their university name, and their home city will be etched into the base of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy as a permanent tribute to their outstanding effort.  The winning team will earn a $25,000 cash prize.


VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law GroupLeClairRyan, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

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