Imagine H2O, the water innovation accelerator, opened its 2018 Urban Water Scarcity Challenge to water startups advancing resilient drinking water solutions in fast-growing cities globally. The Challenge’s Founding Partners, 11th Hour Racing and Bluewater Group, collectively committed up to $1,000,000 in cash awards and investment to three overall 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. Three winning startups will be honored at a special event held during Stockholm World Water Week on August 26-31, 2018.

Eligible startups will be invited to submit complete applications by July 2, 2018. Teams with scalable drinking water solutions in the following areas will be eligible to compete:

  • Alternative Supply – Decentralized, capital efficient and sustainable solutions to develop and augment urban drinking water supplies
  • Distributed Access and Delivery – Scaled technologies and innovative business models supporting decentralized drinking water purification and distribution systems
  • Ecosystem Health – Solutions empowering cities to monitor and manage environmental health of waterways and ecosystems affected by water contamination

Dateline for submission: July 2, 2018

Source: Imagine H2O

Illustration Photo: Clean drinking water facilities, Sri Lanka (credits: Nestlé / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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