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Under-radar Spokane startup wins prize for innovative systems to cut water use

A Spokane tech company launched quietly two years ago has landed a $10,000 prize in a startup competition hosted by the Washington Technology Industry Association. Our full SR news story ran on Friday.

Under-the-radar Kirkland Analytics, which has a team of five, won the top prize this week during the WTIA’s First Look Forum event held in Bellingham.

The company develops its own hardware and software tools to identify water waste and eliminate it, said Matt Rose, the company’s VP of engineering. Its main customers so far have been large businesses and big-box stores.

Four of the firm’s workers live in Western Washington, while CEO Frank Burns lives in Spokane. The company is planning to move some of its production from Missouri to the Spokane area soon, Burns said.

Rose joined forces with Burns in 2007 as Burns was starting Hydro-care International. That Spokane firm develops self-contained water treatment centers for large stores or enterprise installations.

The Spokesman-Review business team follows economic development in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.