The Water Hub is a North East partnership addressing societal challenges in the water and environment sector. We work with small and medium sized businesses to develop the solutions.

Opportunities and Support

We offer several strands of business support tailored to meet your needs. These include small capital grants, business mentoring and networking opportunities.

We identify challenges in the water and environment sector and provide opportunities for businesses to respond. Events provide insight into the challenge and encourage open innovation across sectors to develop solutions.

We connect small and medium sized businesses with researchers, public bodies and end users to develop new and innovative products and services into the water and environment sector.

We provide access for the research and live testing of products and services through our partnership.

Live Challenges

We are working with partners to identify challenges. Each challenge will offer an opportunity for businesses to engage with partners. Challenges will frame the problem, question current practice, and showcase pathways for businesses to get involved.


Community scale blue green infrastructure

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Reducing the impacts of flooding by harnessing new technologies

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Upcoming Events

Thu, 8 Mar 2018, 10:00 – 16:00, The College of St Hild & St Bede, Durham University, DH1 1SZ

Future Water Association ‘Water Dragons’ Final: The finalists from the 2017 ‘Water Dragons’ heats will present their innovative products and services to a panel of judges from Northumbrian Water, Anglian Water, Southern Water and Thames Water.

For more information and to book your place in the audience, please visit or email


Wed, 14 Mar 2018, 09:00 – Thu, 15 Mar 2018, 12:00, Sunderland Software Centre, SR1 1PB

EA Mini Hackathon: This event seeks to explore how to better share and communicate environmental information for local action. Up to three winning ideas or concepts will receive up to £2500 in prize money on the day, and may be explored by potential customers for further funding.

For more information and to book your place at the event, please visit or email


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