Water and Waste Management Challenge

Help manage water and waste better

We are in the middle of a water crisis and the migration to the Western Cape is not slowing down. With the increasing demand on our natural resources we need businesses that are addressing these most fundamental opportunities.

The Water and Waste Management Challenge

March to June 2017

Stellenbosch University is committed to making science and innovation relevant for society.  Because of this, SU’s outgoing COO is engaging with the Stellenbosch community represented by the Stellenbosch Innovation District (SID) to take up this Water and Waste Management Challenge to look for solutions to this local, national and international crisis.

 The focus this time to conceptualize, promote and organize a challenge in the very critical environmental areas of water and waste management. We are particularly interested in identifying solutions in the following categories:

  • Water and waste management solutions that improve the quality of our water sources
  • Water filtration and treatment solutions
  • Water saving solutions
  • Water and waste recycling solutions
  • Water and waste management solutions for agriculture

The Challenge Workshop

We hosted a workshop to engage with the Stellenbosch entrepreneurial community on some of the details of the current opportunities in Stellenbosch in water and waste management.  This workshop took place at the Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab, and was also broadcast live on the web.


After discussions with our panel and the participation of the 70+ people in attendance at the workshop, we collectively came up with these 4 themes that we would like to see business ideas pitched for:

  1. Waste as a Resource
  2. Reducing water waste
  3. Water measurements and analytics
  4. Localised community services


We received more than 80 entries for this challenge, and 12 businesses were selected to the Pitching Platform on 17 May, and 3 businesses were selected by our judging panel to receive prize money and support from the LaunchLab.  They were:

  • Bridgiot-An IoT company that has a product called Dropula savings Western Cape schools millions of litres of water every month.
  • Greenchain-Smart and automated greywater systems for homes
  • Revolute-Hardware devices for tracking and saving on water usage in agricutlure
  • Eva Solutions-Sourcing, manufacturing and applying plastic balls to float on dams to prevent evaporation.