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. In 2022, participants from Korea, India, Kenya, Denmark and Mexico represented the next generation of water leaders. Combining their diverse backgrounds and skills, they developed bold ideas 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, academic & public partners. They are not only supported with mentorship, industry insights and bootcamps, but also get a relevant stage to showcase and discuss their bold ideas with global decision makers. Selected teams are invited to promote their solutions at the IWA World Water Congress 2022 in Copenhagen!


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 that 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 more sustainable future.

90+ students

5 challenges

5 nationalities

22 solutions

Academic Track

Our Young Academics Track connects more than 90 university students from leading technical universities.

Students from Denmark, Kenya, Mexico, Korea, and India are developing water solutions of the future which they will pitch in the beginning of May. Working in 22 teams on solving 5 real-life challenges, we equipped the international students with the network, partnerships and tools to develop and showcase their sustainable water solutions. 

Entrepreneurial Track

Our Young Entrepreneurs track will this year take 5 selected water startups on an acceleration journey towards the IWA congress in September.

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

5 nationalities

5 startups

2022 Finals

This years student teams presented their bold solution at our Semi-Finals and Multihub Finals on the 6th and 12th of May.

Our Next Generation program not only supports participants with mentorship, industry insights and bootcamps, but provides 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 2022 in Denmark co-hosted with IWA Young Water Professionals Denmark and live-streamed to local partner hubs in each participating country. 10 selected student teams pitched their solution to a jury panel of global decision makers whilst inviting the international audience to connect with them by providing sparring and mentorship.

Congratulation to the 2022 winning teams!

Water challenge winners

Teams awarded a Water Challenge Acceleration Grant sponsored by their challenge partners

National winners

Teams winning full scholarships to join the IWA World Water Congress in Denmark September 2022

Fostering Innovation with Global Partners

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

Possible through support from the Poul Due Jensen Foundation.