Important update - VIA Water Innovation Challenge II

Please read before applying


Important update - please read before applying

We received questions on the requirements for the teaser, which is why we would like to offer you some resources to look at before you submit your application. All of the information on what a teaser for application should contain, can be found in the (revised) Roadmap to VIA Water support. Please read this carefully before drafting your teaser!
roadmap_to_via_water_support_version_october_2016_high_res.pdf(497.24 KB)

To recap, we would like the teasers to include at least:

  • A project title
  • Precise location (city/area/region)
  • Budget
  • Whether it is for an urban area or not
  • Partners (and whether they are confirmed or not)
  • A brief plan on how you will implement the idea (for who, where, why etc).
  • Explanation on how it is innovative
  • A statement on the entry criteria

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VIA Water is looking for brilliant inventers, great minds and risk taking entrepreneurs. Submit your innovative ideas and take part in an intensive four month virtual programme that will accelerate your urban African water project into the next stage. Apply now!

What: a virtual programme to take your brilliant water idea to a pilot proposal stage
For: 10 innovative thinkers with ideas to solve a water problem in cities
Where: online, but ideas need to be for Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda or South Sudan
When: 6 workshops and individual coaching sessions between December 2016 and March 2017. First workshops to be scheduled on December 9th and 16th 2016
Leading to: a fundable proposal and the opportunity to develop and test your innovation with VIA Water support. Including coaching by experts, support from our network and access to grant funding up to €200.000,-.
Deadline: apply before November 7th 2016

The programme consists of a 4 month virtual track, in which you will participate in workshops, and will receive individual coaching sessions. The track will lead to a sound proposal for the VIA Water fund. Subjects (to be adjusted according to the needs of the participants) will consist of proposal writing, business models, market & need, organisation, finances, risk mitigation and gap analysis.

For more information please find the invitation and the list of experts involved in the Challenge attached.
You can apply through this online form. Please read the attached Roadmap to VIA Water Support before drafting your application teaser. It contains more information about our programme and the application procedure, as well as an indication of what your teaser should look like.