Next Generation Water Action


Next Generation Water Action Congress

IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2021 through the lens of young academics and entrepreneurs

Next Generation Water Action is an ambitious initiative that will engage young talents from leading universities and innovation hubs. In collaboration with corporate and public partners, 80 students and entrepreneurs of early stage startups from Denmark, US, Mexico, India, Korea, Ghana and Kenya will build skills and apply their technical disciplines, innovation capacity and solutions to challenge and catalyze water solutions towards smart livable cities, before, during and after the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in 2021.

Together with our partners, we will bring forward a tailored program before, during and after the global event for water professionals, bringing a youth track that goes way beyond “attendance of youth” through the direct synergies with the Congress and a collaborative innovation process.

The initiative aims to drive outcomes such as:
1. Unique learnings on ways to accelerate innovative solutions to concrete sustainability challenges in partnerships, including engaging formats for youth involvement into the Congress.

2. Solutions (from early research to start-ups) that will be brought forward to impact urban water challenges, and

3. An international community of 80 talented students and entrepreneurs with new skills and insights on how to adopt technical skills to accelerate smart urban water solutions in partnerships.

Timeframe: Nov. 2020 – Jun. 2021
- Involving students in the spring semester 2021

- IWA Congress taking place 9th – 14th of May 2021

Who can join: University students and early stage technology-based entrepreneurs from all around the world interested in sustainability.

Available Spots: 50 Young Academics, accompanies with 6 young researchers & 24 Young Entrepreneurs representing 12 early stage startups.

How to apply: We are currently finalizing the concept with our partners and the program will open for application late fall 2020. Recruitment in some of the targeted contries  will be undertaken through our partners. Stay tuned here or follow us on Social Media!

Keep updated on the details and program of IWA Congress here

Main sponsors: Enabled through support from Ramboll Foundation and Poul Due Jensen Foundation

Rambøll Fonden logo           Poul Due Jensen Fond logo


Main partners

IWA logo Young Water Professionals logo

Rambøll logo     Innovation Center Denmark logo

DTU logo      Grundfos logo





Linda Weiss
Projekt coordinator
+45 93 51 09 95


Marie Louise Møllebæk Pollmann-Larsen
Project Manager
+45 61 65 56 69