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AquaAction's Launchpad Program

 

 

AQUAHACKING CHALLENGE

 

 

This certification program empowers the next generation of innovators with entrepreneurial skills to tackle pressing water issues across North America. You'll develop your idea as part of a business plan to launch an impactful water startup.

 

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AQUAHACKING
QUEBEC
2023

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AQUAHACKING
GREAT LAKES
2023-24

Past AquaHacking chalanges - Western Canada

INNOVATORS & TECH
FROM PAST CHALLENGES

WHAT'S THE AQUAHACKING
CHALLENGE?

 

An opportunity to solve freshwater issues through the development of innovative technologies and start-ups.


This program is a meeting place for change-makers and offers unique pathways for personal and professional growth. It's the first step of an entrepreneurial journey with planet impact.

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HOW THE CHALLENGE WORKS

Jump on board and make a difference for water! The AquaHacking team supports Challenge participants through skills building workshops, a robust online curriculum, mentorship and guidance from seasoned experts, as well as educational webinars.


Register & create your online profile
Pick a water issue & build your multi-disciplinary team
Follow the curriculum & develop your solution

Pitch to expert judges & compete for the prize money!

 

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WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO JOIN?

To participate in an AquaHacking Challenge, you should be over 18 years old, a resident of North America, and enrolled in a post-secondary institution or be a recent graduate.

 

You are: Creative, Passionate, Curious, Determined, Persistent, and you care about the future of the planet...

And interested in: Water Science, Engineering, Programming, Sustainable Development, Data Analysis, Marketing, entrepreneurship, and having a positive impact on the world!

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

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LIFE SKILLS

Get real world problem solving skills and a meaningful resume boost: “AquaHacking Challenge competitor”

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COMMUNITY OF PEERS

All participants can become part of the AquaNation, our community of innovators, a great way to expand your professional network

Aqua Hacking Icons Unique Opportunities

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES

Access curated business training, leadership and community building workshops, and enthusiastic experts that can mentor you and your team towards success.

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Access seed funding, legal support, and a spot in a local Startup incubator through our multi-disciplinary network of like-minded experts and partners.

THE CHALLENGE AT A GLANCE

Are you ready to compete and start your water tech start-up? Sign up for new competition announcements below!

Month 0

KICKOFF

Online event to formally launch the Challenge

Month 1-5

PHASE 1

Teams are established, meet water issues leaders, develop their solutions and access on-demand workshops, and mentoring

Month 5

SEMI-FINAL

Teams pitch their solution to a panel of judges, and 5 finalist teams are selected

Month 6-9

PHASE 2

Finalist teams participate in leadership development workshop, access $2,000, entrepreneurship training, and pitch training

Month 9

CHALLENGE FINALE

Challenge Finale - Teams pitch to a panel of judges and vie for prize money

Month 10+

INCUBATION

Teams receive a spot in an incubator and teams join the AquaNation Community 

The AquaHacking Challenge convinced me that what I want to work on is water.



ILOS

Finalist of the 2021 | Mille Îles River AquaHacking Challenge

Thanks to AquaHacking, we have avoided the single use of more than 1M plastic bottles



Rachel

Founder | Quartier-des-Spectacles

The AquaHacking Challenge convinced me that what I want to work on is water.



ILOS

Finalist of the 2021 | Mille Îles River AquaHacking Challenge

Thanks to AquaHacking, we have avoided the single use of more than 1M plastic bottles



Rachel

Founder | Quartier-des-Spectacles

ILOS Finalist of the 2021 Mille Îles Rivr AquaHacking Challenge
Rachel founder Quartier-des-Spectacles
ILOS Finalist of the 2021 Mille Îles Rivr AquaHacking Challenge
Rachel founder Quartier-des-Spectacles
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GET INSPIRED

The AquaNation are at the forefront of freshwater solutions. They have successfully transitioned their concepts into operational startups. Discover their innovative solutions and see how far they’ve come since competing in our Challenge.

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SCALE-UP

AquaEntrepreneur is a scale-up program for water companies ready to test their solutions or enter new markets. We provide tailored mentorship, strategic coaching and network opportunities within the municipal and industrial markets.

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STAY INFORMED

Subscribe for updates on our journey towards a sustainable water future and get the latest news about our impactful programs!

JOIN THE RIPPLE EFFECT

Interested in bringing the AquaHacking Challenge to your community or improving freshwater health in your region? Contact Us or follow us on social media to be the first to know about our next Challenge.

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