Hi! We're Andrew and Teisha Vandekop, the Well Water Finders! Our family has been in the development of groundwater location technology for more than 20 years. Our original focus was to identify groundwater so it could be extracted by water wells. However, with the recent increase in droughts and water shortages, our focus has shifted to a dual-function system that allows both identification of water for extraction and the mapping of sub-terranean layers so aquifers can be recharged with harvested rainfall. In January 2024, Well Water Finders was selected to join Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), the deep technology incubator at the University of Texas at Austin. This year, our focus is working on manufacturing units for sale so we can serve communities across the world.
Our journey began when Franz Vandekop, (Andrew's father and an electrical engineer) and Andrew (a robotics engineer), created the initial system. It was Franz who patented, developed and manufactured the first solid state over the horizon positioning system used by NOAA, the military and oil companies before the availability of GPS. With this expertise, Franz and Andrew set out to create a system that could fit in the back of a trailer and detect subterranean formations. After years of field tests and using the system on a variety of terrains, they were awarded two U.S. patents. Teisha then led the creation of Well Water Finders, a company dedicated to helping landowners determine the availability of groundwater under their properties.
Andrew Vandekop, Inventor | CEO
Andrew began his career in robotics engineering and sold his first patent at age 29. He's been in new product development his entire career and has applied these skills to three additional patents. During the time he spent field testing the Well Water Finders prototype, he served as a founding team member of a telecom start-up that went public on the NYSE in 2006.
Teisha Vandekop, Founder | COO
Teisha created Well Water Finders as a way to share the technology with landowners - to help them determine if they have sufficient groundwater under their property to drill a water well and then giving that information to a water well driller. She has spent the last two years working with commercial developers, water well drillers and landowners to determine the groundwater potential for properties. Prior to this, she spent several years as an executive vice president at one of the world's top PR agencies, executing new product introductions for Fortune 100 companies.