Are you a Caribbean national between the ages of 18 – 34 years, with an innovative water-related project idea? Then enter the GWP-Carribbean’s “Young Caribbean Water Entrepreneurs Shark Tank Competition”.
The Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) has for many years, recognised the critical importance of creating avenues for young people to become involved in water governance and management ventures.
Development challenges in the Caribbean will ultimately be inherited by the region’s youth.
Young people are providers of solutions and have ideas and energy to act for sustainable development.
GWP-C’s Young Caribbean Water Entrepreneurs Shark Tank Competition seeks to provide a unique opportunity for young persons from the Caribbean between the ages of 18 to 34 years, to pitch innovative and impactful water project ideas to support better water resources management in their community, country or the Caribbean region under the themes:
The competition’s sharks will include a mix of investors, such as GWP-C Partners, entrepreneurs, water and environmental specialists, innovation strategists, business development specialists, youth representatives, government officials and more.
There will be two (2) groups of “sharks” or judges in the competition.
The sharks/judges will include a mix of professionals (including GWP-C Partners, strategic allies, development partners and other organisations).
The competition’s sharks will comprise of:
All entrants in the competition will receive a certificate of participation to recognise their efforts and interest in water sustainability. The competition’s seven (7) finalists will each receive a personalised plaque.
The winner of the competition will receive a special plaque and seed funding of 4,000 Euros to further develop their innovative water project idea. The winner of the competition and the other finalists will also have their projects featured on the Youth for Water and Climate (YWC) platform for additional exposure.
Phase 1: The Application
To enter, applicants must:
Phase 2: Review of Applications (Project Proposal and Video Pitch)
All submissions (project proposal and video pitch) will be reviewed by the competition’s first group of sharks.
These sharks will be different from those in the final round of the competition.
The best seven (7) submissions (proposal and video) will be selected to advance to the final stage of the competition.
Each of the seven (7) finalists will receive feedback, critiques and advice on their submissions to prepare for their final pitch to the second group of sharks.
Proposals and pitches in this phase of the competition will be assessed based on various areas (but not limited to):
Phase 3 (Final Stage): The Pitch
Seven (7) finalists will compete for the prize of 4,000 Euros and will be invited to pitch their water project idea to a group of sharks.
These sharks will be different from the first group that reviewed competitors’ submissions.
Finalists will be provided with relevant guidelines/criteria three (3) weeks in advance of their final pitch to the sharks. The pitches to the panel of sharks will take place virtually.
Apply by 15th October.
For more information and application details, see; Young Caribbean Water Entrepreneurs Shark Tank Competition
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