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Our global employee development programme

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Use your knowledge and the expertise of your company to solve a real challenge from our work, raise money and develop new workplace skills.

How does it work?

Teams of six to ten people tackle a challenge from a country where we work, competing with teams from around the world to find innovative solutions to the problem.

Teams need to:


  • compete to solve a real-world problem while learning new skills,
  • think outside the box inventing life changing ideas,
  • enhance leadership qualities and transform futures through improving people's access to clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene.

What’s in it for you?

For businesses, Winnovators is a unique corporate and social responsibility programme, enchancing business profile while contributing ideas and funds to tackle the global water, sanitation, and hygiene crisis. In 2019, 93% of participants said that their company's support for Winnovators demonstrated their business values and integrity.

For managers, Winnovators is an innovative form of staff skills development, making it a great way for you to enhance your employee offer.

For team members, it’s a fun learning experience that helps develop creative and critical thinking and deepen your relationships with your team – all while raising your profile in your company.


of participants developed skills that can be applied in the workplace.

would recommend the programme to others.

enhanced their team working skills.

See what it's all about

Watch the 2018 winners' journey:


Past Winnovators

2018 winners

Watch Team Praan, from Sydney Water, trial the 'Poo Switcheroo' mechanism they made for the India challenge:

2017 winners

Watch Team Albagua, from Scottish Water and Fujitsu, test the hygiene app they made as part of the Nicaragua challenge: