Tackling the water crisis through
entrepreneurial action

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals & Enactus

The Challenge

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

Water Scarcity

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

Water-Related Disease

Every day, 1,000 children die of a preventable water-related disease

Water Collection

Women and children spend 140 million hours a day collecting water

Water Access

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

The Opportunity

At Enactus, we believe investing in students who take
entrepreneurial action for others creates a better world for us all.
The World 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.

Global #6 & Enactus

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.

Action Stage Progress Stage Impact Stage

Submit Action Entry 1 March-30 April 2018

Submit Progress Report 1 May-30 - 1 June 2018

Special Competition at Enactus World Cup 2018, 9-11 October 2018

  • Global collaboration
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Resources & discussion
Top 12 teams:
  • Opportunity for technology
  • Invite to Enactus World Cup 2018
Top 4 teams:
  • Executive mentorship
  • Advance to Impact Stage
  • Enactus World Cup travel stipend
  • Expert presentation coaching
  • Up to $20,000 USD in scaling funding
  • Continued executive mentorship
World Water Race Timeline


Whether your Enactus team is exploring an early stage idea or scaling a successful social enterprise--or anywhere in between--we want to know how you are taking entrepreneurial action to address water and/or sanitation challenges. By accepting the call to action, you’ll join a global community of Enactus students, Faculty Advisors and business leaders who believe we can tackle the global water and sanitation crisis.

The World Water Race is open to all registered students on Enactus teams working on water and/or sanitation projects that align with the Enactus Judging Criterion.

Please visit enactus.org/where-we-work/ to see the 36 countries where Enactus currently operates.

Not part of Enactus? Contact international@enactus.org to learn how you can join.

To enter the Race, create a team and submit an Action Entry between 1 March - 30 April 2018.


Between 1 May and 1 June 2018, participating Race teams will submit Progress Reports to compete for World Water Race Progress Rewards. We want to know how your project is delivering measurable progress towards addressing water and/or sanitation challenges. Progress Reports will be evaluated by water and/or sanitation experts and World Water Race sponsors to determine the strongest projects using the evaluation matrix outlined here. See below for a complete listing of Progress Rewards.

During this phase you will also share your project through a dynamic, 77-second video before 1 June 2018 to be eligible for Progress Rewards. Check out the 77-Second Video Guidelines for details.


The top four Race teams will compete for scaling funding at the World Water Race Impact Competition, which will take place at the Enactus World Cup 2018 in San Jose, California, USA, 9-11 October.

Also during Enactus World Cup, a special collaboration session for the Race will be hosted for select Enactus students, Faculty Advisors and business leaders to discuss shared insights, challenges and positive impact.

Steps to Enter the Race

  1. Review the Action Entry Agreement and ensure your Race team meets all the requirements.
  2. Prepare your Action Entry submission using the Action Entry Sample.
  3. Submit your online Action Entry no later than 30 April 2018 at 17:00 GMT.

Project teams who submit completed Action Entries by the deadline will be eligible to submit a Progress Report and 77-Second Video from 1 May – 1 June 2018 to compete for Progress Rewards.


Report progress

Steps to submitting your Progress Report:

  1. Make sure your project team submits a complete Action Entry by 30 April 2018 at 17:00 GMT.
  2. Review the Progress Report Sample.
  3. Review The Water Race General Terms & Conditions and ensure your project team meets all the requirements.
  4. Review the Progress Report Evaluation Criteria.
  5. Prepare Progress Report submission.
  6. Submit your online Progress Report no later than 1 June 2018 at 17:00 GMT.

77-Second Video

To be eligible for Progress Rewards, you also must submit the link to your 77-Second Video no later than 1 June 2018 at 17:00 GMT.

See the 77-Second Video Guidelines here. While required to compete for Progress Rewards, videos will not be included in the evaluation process.


Teams who submit a complete Progress Report and 77-Second Video by 1 June 2018 at 17:00 GMT will be eligible to compete for the following Progress Rewards:

Top 12 Teams:
Eligible to receive portion of tech-in-kind from Dell, worth up to $25,000 USD
Invited to collaboration session at Enactus World Cup

Top 4 Teams:
Executive mentorship
Travel stipend up to $5,000 USD for advancement to Impact Stage at Enactus World Cup
Expert presentation coaching sessions from Roger Love, one of the world’s leading authorities on voice and speech training


Click here for a list of FAQs or contact waterrace@enactus.org. We are here to help!

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