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

Imagine if Dhaka, the world’s most densely populated city, could provide access to safe and affordable drinking water for 100% of its residents?

 
 
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Dhaka, Bangladesh

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. 

 
 

MICROLYZE

Imagine if cities and communities across the United States could access low-cost, in-home water quality Testing to uncover potential threats in real-time? 

 
 
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Denver, CO

The Waterlyzer from 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 Microlyze to accelerate pilots in 500-home communities across major cities in the United States.

 
 

SMARTTERRA

Imagine if fast-growing cities in India COULD deploy online, predictive operations and maintenance to reduce waste and reinvest in their communities?

 
 
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Bengaluru, India

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.


Three entrepreneurial solutions will also be recognized as Imagine H2O Asia Finalists through a dedicated track bridging water innovation to Southeast Asia. You can learn about the Finalists here.