The Water Race

Tackling the water crisis through entrepreneurial action


The Challenge

Access to water and sanitation is still out of reach for much of the world.


Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of the global population and is projected to rise


Every minute a child dies of a preventable water-related disease


Women and children spend 140 million hours a day collecting water


Some 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines

And yet, for every $1 spent on water and sanitation there is a $4 economic return

The Opportunity

At Enactus, we believe investing in students who take entrepreneurial action for others creates a better world for us all. The Water Race recognizes and mobilizes Enactus teams and their projects that tackle the water and sanitation crisis.

Together, we can make measurable progress towards addressing Global Goal 6.

 clean water and sanitation

The Reward

Enactus teams around the world will be recognized and rewarded for taking action to generate sustainable, positive impact on water and/or sanitation.



Submit Action Entry 22 March—30 April 2017

  • Global collaboration
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Resources & discussion



Submit Progress Report 1 May — 1 June 2017

Top 12 teams:

  • Opportunity for technology
  • Executive mentorship
  • Invite to Enactus World Cup 2017

Top 4 teams:

  • Advance to Impact Stage
  • Enactus World Cup travel stipend
  • Expert presentation coaching



Special Competition at Enactus World Cup 2017,
26—28 September

  • Up to $20,000 USD in scaling funding
  • Continued executive mentorship