Call for Proposals: Inter-American Development Bank in Search of Health and Water Startups

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is looking for startups in Latin America that are working on innovative water, sanitation, hygiene, and health projects. It has launched an open call for proposals, from now until July 5, and the top submissions will be handpicked to make a trip to Buenos Aires on November 15.

Those candidates will then present their projects to a panel of judges at Venture Night of the Demand Solutions event in the capital. After all the cases are heard, up to a dozen winners will be selected. “Demand Solutions brings together the most creative minds in the world of health, water and sanitation, women entrepreneurs and STEM,” says the bank.

Three will get the prestigious IDB-FEMSA Water Prize and others will be rewarded with an intensive day-and-half program to support their growth, along with the chance to meet experienced mentors.

Venture Night is reserved for “the most innovative and disruptive startups from Latin America and the Caribbean.” The IDB encourages anyone who thinks their project can improve lives in the following categories to make their submissions now.

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

  • Improving water sanitation (systems, applications, programs, games, etc.)
  • Producing applications and programs for water data
  • Creating innovative hygiene systems (domestic water treatment, toilets, hand-washing habits, water, recycling, etc.)
  • Improving water quality (techniques, applications, systems, platforms, programs, etc.) and monitoring systems
  • Mobile solutions and applications against infectious diseases such as: cholera, malaria, dengue, trachoma, schistosomiasis, worm infections, Guinea worm disease, neglected tropical diseases, chikungunya, and zika among others.


  • Closing the existing maternal and child health indices gaps
  • Improving nutrition during pregnancy and early infancy
  • Checking the growing incidence of non-communicable chronic diseases
  • Promoting healthy nutrition and eating habits
  • Creating healthcare technology and design
  • Cloud labs
  • Mobile technology applications, 3D printing, robotics, virtual reality for health.

The full contest rules can be found on the Inter-American Development Bank website. Other questions should be sent to [email protected] or [email protected]

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