2018 MIT Water Innovation Prize 

Congratulations to our 2018 winners!

Oasis, Majik Water, and Velaron

Oasis, founded by Arjun Bir, an undergraduate at Georgia Tech, is developing a low-cost, novel and simple device that enables anyone to test water for E. coli contamination. Majik Water was founded by a group of women from Kenya, the UK, and Canada who met in Silicon Valley and are developing a desiccant-based air-water harvester that will provide drinking water in arid regions. Velaron is creating a smart sensor system to allow aquaculture shrimp farmers to prevent die-offs related to water nutrient levels, and is led by an MIT PhD candidate in nuclear engineering.


MIT Water Innovation Prize

A startup competition aiming to help support the next breakthrough in the water sector


What is the MIT Water Innovation Prize?

The MIT Water Innovation Prize is a startup competition focused on water innovation that awards up to $30k in innovation grants annually to student-led teams from across the country. We are the innovation-focused main event of the MIT Water Club and we help emerging entrepreneurs translate their research or idea into a business, access mentors and resources, and build their networks in the water industry. We welcome all approaches to water innovation, from engineering and product design to policy and data analytics.

Our Mission:

Inspire and promote solutions to global water challenges by developing and supporting emerging student entrepreneurs.

MIT Water Innovation Prize 2016-2017

 Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 MIT Water Innovation Prize! 

2017 Winners:     change:WATER Labs   |   PipeGuard    |   Takachar

Watch the video of the entire Final Pitch event:

News and updates from past winners

Pipeguard Robotics (2017 Winners) Founder You Wu named to 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Manufacturing & Industry list

Change: Water Labs (2017 Winners) named finalist and audience choice award at the Cleantech Open Northeast Region, winning $10,000 and will compete in the national finals in January

Redox Water Solutions (2016 Winners) awarded $40,000 from Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s (MassCEC) Catalyst program 

AquaFresco (2015 Winners) featured in The Atlantic and Fast Company, received $150k grant from MassCEC InnovateMass and $40k from Catalyst program, and is currently raising $1M round of growth capital.

WellDone (2015 Winners) named to Forbes 30 under 30 for Energy