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Water Dragons at The Water Hub

9th October 2019

Future Water Association’s Water Dragons provides a unique opportunity for companies to pitch their innovative products, services or processes to a panel of water sector specialists. Previous judges have included UK water utilities, Tier 1 contractors and government bodies.

The first heat of the Water Dragons 2019 is being hosted by The Water Hub at The Ogden Centre, Durham University.


The Challenge

The Water Hub would like to receive entries that demonstrate innovative ideas, products and services for the water and environment sector. All entries received will be considered for shortlisting; however, there is a particular interest in products and services that will feed into upcoming work streams at the Future Water Association and The Water Hub:

  • Systems thinking in asset and catchment management
  • Water related services for agriculture

Systems thinking in asset and catchment management:
In November, the Future Water Association will be bringing new thinking from asset management, catchment management and adoption of systems thinking to the future of network management. The Association wants to see ideas that can be adapted to support pipeline system maintenance.

Water related services for agriculture:
From November, The Water Hub will be sourcing products and services that provide water related services for agriculture in a joint project with Natural England. The Water Hub wants to see ideas that could service the agriculture sector.

Pitching Formats

The Water Hub Water Dragons heat offers two pitching formats:

a) The traditional ‘Water Dragons’ pitch – suited to innovations that are close to or at market.

b) The ‘proof of concept’ pitch – an alternative for those looking to showcase an idea, secure business support or gain opportunities for products or services that are in development and are not yet at market.


Pitch Information and Guidance


Additional Training and Insight

We will be holding a Webinar in late September (date TBC) for the successful applicants. This will  give insight into what the Future Water Association and The Water Hub are looking for in a pitch and give an opportunity for questions.

The Water Hub are happy to answer any questions you may have prior to submitting an application. Please contact us at: innovate@thewaterhub.org.uk


Complete an application form


The closing date for applications is Friday 30th August 2019.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome in the first week of September.

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The Ogden Centre
Durham University, DH1 3LE.
Durham, DH1 3LE United Kingdom
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