Next Generation Water Action is a global initiative that engages 100+ young talents from leading international universities and early stage start-ups, representing the next generation of water leaders. The program runs in the spring semester as a preparation to the IWA World Water Congress in September.
Coming from Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, South Korea, India, and Denmark, the Next Generation Water Action Ambassadors combine their diverse backgrounds and skills to foster a global answer to the world’s most pressing sustainable water challenges.
Partnership in action
Together with Grundfos and the Poul Due Jensen Foundation, the International Water Association (IWA) & IWA’s Young Water Professional network, the Innovation Centre in India & Seoul, the Embassy in Kenya and global challenge partners, DTU Skylab & DTU Environment bring forward a tailored virtual program, that goes beyond the attendance of youth in events, but enables them to take action together with the corporate world and academic and public partners.
The participants are not only supported with mentorship, industry insights and boot camps, but also get a relevant stage to showcase and discuss their bold ideas with global decision makers.
Adapted to the pandemic
Facing the COVID-19 crisis, redesigned from previous successful Next Generation initiatives, Next Generation Water Action 2021 went virtual with great success– being even more inclusive, scalable and sustainable than ever before: More participant spots, a global network of water professionals that provide sparring across time zones, virtual events, keynotes, and boot camps, with less emissions as a great side-effect. The finals gathered all the participants within each country into a Hub. All the hubs were then connected virtually into one big event.
- February to April: Kick-off and Solution Development Phase with boot camps, mentoring sessions and keynotes
- May 12: Global Multi-Hub Final with local live events in each participating country
- June: Acceleration of selected student and start-up teams
- September: Selected teams from 2021 and 2022 participate in IWA World Water Congress
The Grundfos Foundation supports this year’s activities with DKK 800,000.