Fast-growing cities globally are facing increasing pressures on their drinking water systems

Imagine H2O’s Urban Water Scarcity Challenge 2018 will identify and deploy decentralized solutions for water-scarce cities to advance measurable progress towards UN Sustainable Development Goal 6. The Challenge’s Founding Partners, 11th Hour Racing and Bluewater, have committed up to $1,000,000 in cash awards, deployment funds and follow-on investment to three winners.

Note: This initiative is distinct from Imagine H2O's flagship annual accelerator program. Applications to the 2019 Accelerator will open in Fall 2018. Challenge winners will be invited to Round 2 of the 2019 Accelerator evaluation process. 

Call for Solutions

The competition will identify and support entrepreneurs developing drinking water solutions in the following areas:


DEVELOP AND AUGMENT URBAN DRINKING WATER SUPPLIES

STRENGTHEN DECENTRALIZED DRINKING WATER PURIFICATION AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS

EMPOWER CITIES TO MONITOR AND MANAGE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OF WATERWAYS AND ECOSYSTEMS

Eligible startups are invited to register today to access the application materials. Application Deadline: July 2, 2018

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Program Benefits

Three winners will each be eligible for $85,000 each ($10,000 cash prize and $75,000 deployment award). Investment of $750,000+ may be available from Founding Challenge Partner, Bluewater Group.

Deployment Awards and Investment Consideration

WORLD WATER WEEK 2018 SLINGSHOT@SWITCH

FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO SCALE SOLUTIONS

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Imagine H2O Asia Track

 

Partner competition status with SLINGSHOT@SWITCH powered by Startup SG, an initiative of Enterprise Singapore, will unlock additional support for eligible applications through the Challenge’s Imagine H2O Asia Track.

 
 
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Evaluation Committee

The Challenge is supported by a diverse group of industry experts, thought leaders and investors to evaluate and select the three winning solutions.

 

Ernesto Rodriguez | Innovation Head, Grupo Rotoplas

Neil Jeffery | CEO, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor

Christine Boyle | CEO and Founder, Valor Water (a Xylem Brand)

Jennifer Sara | Director, Global Water Practice, World Bank

Kunal Shah | VP of Global Market Development, Anaergia

Kara Nelson | Prof. of Civil & Env. Engineering, UC Berkeley

Steve Kloos | Partner, True North Venture Partners

Xin Gao | Head of Innovation Hub Asia, Grundfos

Ranjiv Khush | Executive Director, Aquaya Institute

Chris Morrison | Consultant, Formerly Nalco/Ecolab

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Winners To be Announced at Stockholm World Water Week

The Challenge Winners will be recognized at a special event during World Water Week 2018. 

Follow news and updates about the Challenge here

 
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