H20 Challenge is a global pioneering program created with the objective of identifying and empowering the top ten entrepreneurial projects with disruptive, viable and sustainable solutions within the water industry. Be part of this revolutionary innovation contest that will accelerate the world’s most promising startups facing one of humanity’s greatest challenges.
Through a unique acceleration program specially organized by IE Business School in collaboration with the City of Knowledge in Panama to offer a transformational experience that will help these selected projects understand the current situation of the water sector, validate their business models, improve their managerial, sales and financial tools and establish a solid strategic action plan to better scale at a global level while generating positive impact in society.


H20 Challenge is the living proof of how one of humanity’s greatest challenges can be transformed into extraordinary opportunities for entrepreneurs across the world.

Water Supply

Less than 1% of the water supply on earth can be used as drinking water.


A child dies every 8 seconds from water-related disease.


Today, at least 400 million people live in regions with severe water shortages.


Most of the world’s people must walk at least 3 hours to fetch water.


Of all the water on earth, only 2.5% is fresh water.


Freshwater animals are disappearing five times faster than land animals.


IE is an international institution dedicated to educating business leaders through programs based on our core values of global focus, entrepreneurial spirit and a humanistic approach. Their 500-strong, international faculty teaches a student body composed of more than 90 nationalities on our Undergraduate, Master, and Doctorate degrees, and Executive Education programs. Their alumni, now numbering over 40,000, hold management positions in some 100 countries worldwide.
Just a few minutes from downtown Panama City, City of Knowledge is strategically located across from the Panama Canal. Some 120 hectares and more than 200 buildings of what was once the Clayton military base are now home to a booming international community established for the purpose of business, academic, scientific, and humanistic collaboration. The objective is human and sustainable development based on knowledge.