Prize winning candidates went through an extensive process of review and due diligence, before being awarded the £100,000 Prize. This process consisted of three stages.
Organisations with innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives were invited to apply for the Prize. The first round of applications closed on 22nd March and the foundation received over 170 applications for initiatives based in 37 countries.
20 short-listed candidates were invited to submit a more detailed application form. Of these, the Foundation asked an independent panel of 10 experts to review the top applications against the criteria for the Prize. The panel had significant experience both in the water sector, and more broadly in enterprise development. It was composed of the following members:
On 25 June, a meeting was held to short-list the top 6-8 candidates. Following extensive deliberation on each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses, the panel decided on seven candidates for the final round of the Prize.
The trustees visited the seven candidates short-listed by the expert panel and selected one prize winner and four other strong candidates to support outside of the Prize framework.
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