The 160 entrepreneurs who shared their solutions with Imagine H2O's Urban Drinking Water Challenge showed us what's possible. From solar-powered desalination kiosks to urban groundwater monitoring tools, the competition received applications from 37 countries offering a range of innovative drinking water solutions for fast-growing, water-scarce cities. The Evaluation Committee selected the following three winning startups which will receive pilot funding awards to validate and scale their businesses in urban communities globally.
Founding challenge partners
Drinkwell enables utilities to provide safe drinking water to underserved urban communities via turnkey Water ATM solutions that combine a patented filtration technology, IOT-enabled operations and pay-as-you-go cards. The Challenge will support Drinkwell as they expand into Chittagong, Bangladesh’s second largest city.
The Waterlyzer from Spout (formerly Microlyze) is an on-demand, in-home testing device that provides high-accuracy water quality results in real-time to detect contamination outbreaks early and empower utilities to take action before an outbreak occurs. The Challenge will enable Spout to accelerate pilots in 500-home communities across major cities in the United States.
SmartTerra’s AI-powered water intelligence platform equips second-tier Indian cities with the tools for data-driven decision making to identify service failures, disruptions and opportunities for infrastructure upgrades. The Challenge will fund pilots with two cities in the Indian state of Telangana.