Water Innovators - an employee development challenge

Your team will compete with others around the world to solve a real problem, raise funds for water and sanitation projects and learn new skills.

About Water Innovators

This exciting programme gives you and your colleagues the opportunity to help WaterAid reach more people with safe water and toilets while getting a unique learning experience.

Your Water Innovators team will work together to deliver the three parts of the programme: 

SolvePropose innovative solutions to a real problem faced by WaterAid in Cambodia. We’ll set the challenge.

FundFollowing a Shark Tank style pitch to win seed funding, your team will organise creative fundraising projects to raise more than $5000 to support WaterAid projects.

LearnYou’ll learn new skills and leadership qualities to bring to your workplace and beyond.

Find out how you can transform lives and learn new skills with Water Innovators:


As well as helping us by contributing your expertise, you'll develop skills such as:

  • team work
  • project management
  • leadership
  • communication
  • influencing 
  • stakeholder awareness
  • networking 
  • commercial acumen 
  • personal development planning.

Water Innovators 2016 

We are running a pilot program for Water Innovators in Australia in 2016. If you’d like your company to be involved, contact Mark Thomas, Corporate Relations Manager, on corporate@wateraid.org.au.

Please note in 2016, this competition is only open to current WaterAid members.


  • 19 November 2015 – February 2016 - Register your team(s) of between eight and 12 people. There can be more than one team per company. We'll let you know how to do this closer to the time. 
  • March 2016 - Teams receive all the materials they need to solve, fund and learn and launch their projects.
  • April 2016 - Teams submit their business cases and pitch to a panel of WaterAid judges to receive seed funding.
  • June 2016 - As well as regular contact from WaterAid staff throughout the process, your team will get a midpoint check-in from our team. 
  • September 2016 - Teams submit their final solve, fund and learn deliverables for initial judging.
  • October 2016 - Shortlisted finalists are invited to present to a panel of judges, before the overall winners and other awards are announced.