About the Challenge

A Global Innovation Competition to Address Urban Drinking Water Scarcity


Imagine H2O’s Urban Water Scarcity Challenge 2018 will identify and deploy decentralized solutions for water-scarce cities and at-risk urban communities globally. 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. The Challenge aligns with U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 6, or SDG6, which calls for universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030.

Tacking Action for Tomorrow's Megacities

Call for Solutions

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

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Develop  and augment urban drinking water supplies

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Strengthen decentralized drinking water purification and distribution systems

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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 


Program Benefits


Cash Prizes and Investment


World Water Week 2018


Financial and Technical
Support to Scale Solutions


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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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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Partnership opportunities available - contact Imagine H2O