Water is the source for life! It is life itself, actually. It is a precondition for human, animal and plant life as well as an indispensable resource for the economy. Water also plays a fundamental role in the climate regulation cycle.

Protection of water resources, of fresh and salt water ecosystems and of the water we drink and bathe in is therefore one of the cornerstones of environmental protection in Europe. The stakes are high, the issues transcend national boundaries, and concerted action at the level of the EU is necessary to ensure effective protection.

Since 2001 a Common Implementation Strategy has been in operation, bringing together national experts, stakeholders and the Commission involved initially in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive, and then later in the implementation of the Floods Directive as well.

Water StartUp Europe Awards, following this massive goal, aims at rewarding the startups working in that Europe goes on improving the good use of water.


Water StartUp Europe Awards aims at recognising startups working in the implementation of water sustainable systems, coordination to public participation, chemical pollution, groundwater, floods and intercalibration…


The most important eligibility criteria are the following:

Sustainability: the product or service must contribute to reduce the ecological impact of the city, thus increasing the sustainability from an environmental, social and economic point of view.

Innovation: We will focus on the grade of innovation, disruption and originality of the startups.

Business model: We will rate the added value to society resulting from the startups (economic viability, private-public collaboration, replicability, etc.).

Social Clauses: job generated, gender policy, social inclusion, collaboration with NGOs, trainees program.

European Dimension: participation in European funded projects, partnership or agreements with other European partners.

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