#prixalpiq is open to all municipalities in the canton of Valais. They can:
Submit a project themselves
Sponsor and submit a project put forward by students or researchers from universities of applied studies, engineering consultancy firms, companies, or individuals
Universities of applied studies and engineering consultancy firms with projects related to water and its sustainable use are invited to contact Valais municipalities to ask for sponsorship.
The winner of #prixalpiq will be awarded a prize worth CHF 40,000. The judging panel will decide on the nature of the prize depending on the selected project. The winner will receive a minimum of CHF 20,000 in cash, with the remainder of the prize potentially being awarded in the form of coaching.
The ‘winner of hearts’, the Judge’s choice award, will receive a prize of CHF 10,000 in cash.
All applications must be electronic and sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or via application form by 31 May 2024.
Applications must include the following documents:
Extract from the commercial register if the project leader is a company
Business plan in French or German (maximum length: 10 A4 pages), describing the project and including all information required to complete it. The business plan must include:
how water will be managed sustainably
project opportunities and risks
overall project cost
project implementation schedule
expected benefits for the sponsoring municipality
The selection criteria are:
The project is related to water, a resource for various sectors: energy, agriculture, tourism, environment, drinking water, and so on.
The project recycles, conserves, and improves the use of water resources in a sustainable way.
The project is submitted by one or multiple Valais municipalities and will take place in this municipality/these municipalities.
Only projects which meet these selection criteria will be submitted to the judging panel for consideration. They will be assessed by the panel according to following criteria:
Level of sustainability
Soundness of the business plan
Competency of the project leader or leaders
Economic and social benefits for the municipality where the project will be implemented
Level of innovation
The deadline for applications is 31 May 2024.
The #prixalpiq 2024 will be awarded during an official ceremony in September 2024.