Here you will find everything you need to know about the Winnovators program.
How does Winnovators benefit the chosen country?
Winnovators presents participating teams with real-life challenges currently taking place in Wateraid's country programs. Teams have the opportunity to submit solutions to these problems that will be judged and considered by WaterAid's local Country team, and can ultimately end up forming part of our ongoing work in the country.
In addition, since 2015, Winnovators has raised over $1.4 million for WaterAid’s work which is a significant contribution to each Country program that allows them to fund and scale up their work to deliver equitable and inclusive access to WASH for all.
Ideas and solutions are shared with and judged by the feature country, to enable them to ensure the ideas are tangible and can be put into practice.
How do I sign up?
Each participating team will need to nominate a team leader who can initiate the registration and team set up process here.
Each organisation will need a team of at least two participants. Contact us on email@example.com if you are interested in signing up and have any further questions we can answer for you.
What are the different challenges?
For Winnovators 2023 the challenges are focused on WaterAid's work in Timor-Leste.
Challenge 1: Design a holistic approach to ensure that communities facing sea level rise and salination of groundwater, have access to year round water.
Challenge 2: Design a solution to healthcare waste management challenges for rural healthcare facilities in Timor-Leste.
Participating teams will receive a full briefing and background on the two challenges once the program commences on 17 April 2023.
Do we or our company have to fund ourselves for organising the fundraising activities?
Each team will prepare and submit a fundraising pitch to WaterAid in order to receive seed funding of $750.00 to help deliver their fundraising campaign. Teams will be required to set their own fundraising goal. WaterAid will provides each team with a full background on best practice fundraising and guidance.
What's the prize?
Awards will be given to teams that complete the best submission for each Solve Challenge and the top fundraising team.
The team who excels the most across all elements of the program will be awarded with the coveted title of Winnovators 2023 Overall Winner.
When are the winners announced?
Winners will be announced at the Virtual Awards Event in September 2023.
How are teams judged?
Experts from across different areas of WaterAid and independent stakeholders within the Australian water sector will review and judge against the two core components of the program: Solve and Fund.
The judging panel is made up of technical experts, fundraising experts and leaders in the water industry.
Teams will be judged in accordance with the award categories and submission criteria that is set for each challenge.
Are donations tax-deductible?
All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible for Australian tax payers. If the donor receives something material in return for their money, such as a raffle ticket, a ticket for a movie, a dinner or auction item, these contributions are not tax deductible.