Eligibility Criteria

This prize recognises organisations that can demonstrate innovative, impactful and inspirational solutions. You empower people by providing access to safe and affordable drinking water. Your organisation is active in improving water quality, sanitation, water use efficiency, protection of water-related ecosystems and community participation.

Organisations must demonstrate a clear vision and long-term plan to further deploy your solution and scale up your impact, as well as inspiring others to follow suit by furthering that technology or solution.

prize fund

water
US$ 600,000

To be eligible to enter for this award, you should be a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), a non-profit organisation (NPO), or a similar organisation.

Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation criteria is split into three parts, each with their percentages of influence on the initial assessments. They are:


Innovation 30%

The innovation criterion requires organisations to:

Demonstrate that their solution has unique and distinctive characteristics compared to their competitors

Have a level of maturity by being demonstrated on the ground

Have already shown characteristics to change the 'status quo' and have the potential to catalyse opportunities not previously considered through disruptive or transformative change.

impact 50%

The impact criterion is designed to test if the organisation has demonstrated significant and tangible results.

Organisations will be expected to show that their solution has had a positive impact on the quality of peoples' lives. Direct and indirect impacts are considered.

Organisations will also need to demonstrate that they have good governance, employ skilled people, are operationally and financially stable, as well being resilient to potential or real challenges.

inspiration 20%

The inspiration criterion is designed to test if.

The organisation has a long-term vision and credible plan to deploy the prize money and scale up outcomes and impact over the next 10-15 years.

The organisations can outline the scale of their ambition and how they can multiply the positive impact of their core issues and continue to improve people’s lives.

Organisations should also demonstrate that they are able to inspire others to multiply, sustain and catalyse further benefits.