Next Generation
Water Action

the future of water by young academics and entrepreneurs

powered by DTU SKYLAB


Next Generation Water Action is a global initiative that engages 100+ young talents from leading universities and early stage start-ups from Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, South Korea, India, and Denmark, representing the next generation of water leaders. Combining their diverse backgrounds and skills, together they will develop bold ideas on how to solve the world’s most pressing sustainable water challenges.


DTU Skylab together with DTU Environment brings forward a tailored virtual program, that  enables the participants to take action together with the corporate world and academic & public partners. They will not only be supported with mentorship, industry insights and bootcamps, but will also get a relevant stage to showcase and discuss their bold ideas with global decision makers.


While the burden of fixing the sustainable water challenges of the world should not be on the youth, there is no doubt that they should be represented in the discussions. It is, after all, the issues that have not been dealt with, they will inherit. We believe that by engaging our Next Generation in the global discussion about the future of the water sector, it is that we are heading towards a sustainable future.

World Water Day 2021

Multihub Finals

A global stage for our Next Generation Water Action Ambassadors – co-hosted by IWA Young Water Professionals Denmark.

Our Next Generation participants will not only be supported with mentorship, industry insights and bootcamps, but will also get a relevant stage to showcase and discuss their bold ideas with global decision makers at our Next Generation finals!  In a multihub setting, our grande final in Denmark will be co-hosted by IWA Young Water Professionals Denmark and live-streamed to local partner hubs in each participating country, connecting our participants with global decision makers whilst inviting a global audience to tune in on the 18th of May!

Stream the finals on the 18th of May

90+ students

5 challenges

6 nationalities

22 solutions

Academic Track

Our Young Academics Track connects more than 90 university students from leading technical universities from Denmark, Kenya, Ghana, Mexico, South Korea, and India to build the water solutions of the future.

Working in 21 teams on solving 5 real-life challenges, we equip the international students with the network, partnerships and tools to develop and showcase their sustainable water solutions. 

Entrepreneurial Track

Our Young Entrepreneurs track creates the platform for 11 water startups from Ghana, Kenya, Denmark, and India to connect and develop their startups.

The Young Entrepreneurs Track supports the startups strategically in their journey. Not only do startups get access to the network that can boost their solution and business, they also train how to get the most possible value out of the network, finding the mutual benefit, and getting strong on pitching their water solutions.  

11 startups

2,5 months

60 years of experience

5 nationalities

Stay up-to-date on our events!

Would you like to stay up-to-date on our initiative, receive invitations to our (virtual) events and follow the journey of our young water ambassadors? Then we would love for you to join our Next Generation Water Action community. Sign up here!

Fostering Innovation with Global Partners

The initiative is lead by DTU Skylab and DTU Environment, at the Technical University of Denmark, in partnership with IWAIWA Young Water ProfessionalsYWPDK, The Danish National Committee for IWA, the Embassy of Denmark in Ghana and Kenya, Innovation Centre Denmark in India and Seoul, university and industry partners.

Possible through support from the Ramboll Foundation and Poul Due Jensen Foundation.