The AquaHacking Challenge Is:
An opportunity to solve environmental issues with freshwater & Help climate adaptation.
The first step of an entrepreneurial journey.
A unique pathway for personal and professional growth.
A meeting place for change-makers
OUR IMPACT since 2015
Still active emerged from the AquaHacking Challenges
12 AquaHacking Challenges
Took place in total, 2 AquaHacking Challenges will launch in 2023
$1M in seed funding
& distributed to the finalists to help them propel their water tech start-ups!
Young entrepreneurs are developing innovative solutions to Canada’s most critical freshwater issues.
After 12 Challenges in watersheds across Canada, and with all that we learned as we pivoted to virtual in the last two years, we are working on exciting programming and are expanding in the United States in 2023.
How the Challenge works
The AquaHacking team supports Challenge participants through skills building workshops, mentors, experts and webinars. Jump on board and make a difference for water!
Register & create your water-hacker profile
Build your multi-disciplinary team & pick a water issue to tackle
Follow the AquaHacking curriculum and develop your solution
Pitch to the judges & compete for the seed funding prize!
What’s in it for me?
Get real world problem solving skills and a meaningful resume boost: “AquaHacking Challenge competitor”
Community of Peers
Be part of the AquaHacking Alumni community of innovators and expand your professional network
Access curated business training and leadership and community building workshops; expert mentors and coaches
Access seed funding, legal support, and a spot in a local Startup incubator
The challenge at a glance
We are working on developing the next AquaHacking Challenge. As soon as it is ready to announce we will let you know.
Online event to formally launch the Challenge
Teams are established, meet water issues leaders, develop their solutions and access on-demand workshops, and mentoring
Teams pitch their solution to a panel of judges, and 5 finalist teams are selected
Finalist teams participate in leadership development workshop, access $2,000, entrepreneurship training, and pitch training
Challenge FInale - Teams pitch to a panel of judges and vie for prize money
“The AquaHacking Challenge convinced me that what I want to work on is water.”
Finalist of the 2021 Mille Îles River AquaHacking Challenge
“Despite catastrophic environmental disasters happening around us, I say it’s not too late. I can make a difference for people. Who will address this issue if I don’t?”
Finalists in the AquaHacking Western Canada Challenge 2021