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Water innovation challenge launched

$1 million in cash prizes and new investment is up for grabs in the 2018 Urban Water Scarcity Challenge.

The Imagine H2O accelerator is open to startups pioneering ‘resilient drinking water solutions for fast-growing cities globally’. Funded by 11th Hour Racing and Bluewater Group, the challenge seeks to make an impact on UN Sustainable Development Goal 6, to ensure universal access to safe water and sanitation by 2030.


Scott Bryan, Imagine H2O’s President, said: “Entrepreneurs are pioneering new solutions and innovative business models to tackle urban water scarcity. Yet the resources required to deploy and scale these ideas are often lacking. This program unlocks financial and technical support to prove the benefits of smarter urban water management.”


Startups need to register by July 2, 2018.


“The Challenge will drive direct and scalable impact for water-scarce cities, inspire community awareness and public action, promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and facilitate the deployment of real solutions to an existing problem. We believe human ingenuity can evolve, refine and develop technologies that create sustainable solutions to urban water scarcity issues,” said Anders Jacobson, President of Bluewater.


The three best startups will be recognised at a ceremony being held as part of Stockholm World Water Week between August 26-31, 2018.

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