Urban Water Scarcity Challenge Opens to Startups

Imagine H2O has opened its 2018 Urban Water Scarcity Challenge to water startups advancing resilient drinking water solutions in fast-growing cities globally. The challenge aligns with U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6), which calls for universal access to safe and affordable drinking water by 2030. Three winning startups will be honored at a special event held during Stockholm World Water Week on Aug. 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

“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,” said Scott Bryan, Imagine H2O’s President. “This program unlocks financial and technical support to prove the benefits of smarter urban water management.”



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