Shoals Entrepreneurial Center Business Accepted into Prestigious Accelerator Program

May 28, 2015

One leaky faucet, dripping five times a minute, loses 173 gallons of water in a year.

A continuously running toilet can waste more than 1,000 gallons in a single day.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates an average household leaks 10,000 gallons of water every year — water that could have washed 270 loads of laundry.

These are the kind of statistics that drove Florence resident Robbie Hillis to create a start-up company that has been accepted into a prestigious accelerator program in Chattanooga.

The Ark Labs is one of 14 companies chosen from 150 applicants that will receive intensive assistance over three months.

Its ultimate goal: “We’re trying to change the world by making houses efficient so we don’t have to fight over water,” Hillis said.

Like most innovators, he was drawn to his mission because of need. But unlike many, he is not an engineer. He’s worked 15 years in sales and marketing.

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