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Join the ultimate water challenge

Up to 3M€ investment for top startups with solutions to water problems. A great bet to create the largest global hub of water technologies from Spain to the world.

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Shaping the future of digital water

Two global industry leaders partners to enable entrepreneurship with a vision to create an ecosystem of innovation and technology sharing between startups, vendors, and piloting sites.

IBM
IBM

The leading cloud platform and cognitive solutions company. Using technologies to transform business, industries and the world.

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GoHub
GoHub

One of Europe’s largest Water Innovation Hubs born out of Global Omnium

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Addressing the greatest global challenges

Technology helps us to contribute to more efficient use of water resources
Improved agriculture and food production
Improved agriculture and food production
Smart water
Smart water
Efficient infrastructures
Efficient infrastructures
Combat drought and decline of water reserves
Combat drought and decline of water reserves
Ocean care
Ocean care
Prevention of natural disasters and desertification
Prevention of natural disasters and desertification

Which startups may apply

The startups will be selected by an expert committee composed of members of GoHub, IBM, Tech Barcelona y Acció.

Incorporated companies
Incorporated companies
Strong business model
Strong business model
Focused on B2B
Focused on B2B
Have revenue
Have revenue
Team with leadership and technological experience
Team with leadership and technological experience
Technology consolidated in a vertical
Technology consolidated in a vertical
Product-market fit in their country
Product-market fit in their country
Looking to raise capital 2021/2022
Looking to raise capital 2021/2022

What are the benefits

  • Mentoring sessions with the IBM team
  • Technological support
  • 120.000 free IBM Cloud credits per year
  • Business sessions at the IBM Garage in Madrid
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Tech Barcelona Membership (first year for free + 2n year fast track fee):

  • Access to activities
  • Connections
  • 4YFN invitations
  • Other events
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ACCIÓ is the agency for the competitiveness of the company of the Generalitat of Catalonia.

  • Institutional support
  • Visibility
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Connections

  • Meet regional VCs
  • International investors
  • Other successful entrepreneurs

Partnerships

  • Water utilities
  • Potential industry partners

Winners will receive

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Up to €3M investment
A paid Proof of Concept (PoC) up to $50,000
Propietary water utility data to test and validate solutions
IBM benefits
Tech Barcelona benefits

Important dates

June 22nd
Applications accepted
October 31st
Deadline to submit applications
November 30rd
Winners announced

Our leaders

Jaime Barba
Jaime Barba

CEO Idrica & GoHub

Patricia Pastor
Patricia Pastor

Managing Director GoHub

Mónica Cernuda Rego
Mónica Cernuda Rego

IBM Public Cloud Market Leader for SPGI, IBM CLOUD

Miquel Martí
Miquel Martí

CEO Tech Barcelona

Jordi Aguasca
Jordi Aguasca

Technological Transformation & Disruption Director ACCIÓ

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