We have designed a workshop specifically for you and your team to have all the necessary tools to strengthen your innovative business idea in water, sanitation & hygiene, or solid waste. In addition to engaging live broadcasts and workshops to enhance your business skills, you will have the opportunity to interact with each other and with mentors through fun team-building exercises and virtual networking sessions that closely resemble an in-person format. 

Each team will individually enhance their existing business idea with the support of a facilitator and mentor, who will be available from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to provide guidance as needed. Other experts will also be available at predetermined times to answer questions and support you in developing innovative solutions to overcome water and sanitation provision challenges in Mexico.

MANZIMAKERS CHALLENGE: Online event agenda

Opening Sessions:

These are unidirectional sessions for all participants, held at the beginning of each day (Friday and Saturday), where the daily agenda will be shared, and there will be interventions from special guests.


Zoom sessions where a facilitator will host approximately 4 to 5 participating groups. The technical presentation will be conducted, the exercise to be performed will be explained, and any doubts will be clarified.

Participant Exchange Activities:

These activities will take place on Zoom and are designed to foster a collaborative and exchange environment among participants.

Teamwork with Guidance:

Once everything is clarified, the facilitator will allow participants to work in small Zoom groups on their own, but will be available throughout the session to answer questions. Experts will offer tutorials during specified time periods.


The tentative agenda is as follows:


Friday, July 21st, 2023

09:00 – 09:30
Opening Session

09:30 – 09:45 Group activity for participant exchange

09:45 – 10:15 Workshop 1: Reviewing the business idea

10:15 – 13:15 Teamwork with guidance

13:15 – 13:30 Group activity for participant exchange

13:30 – 14:00 Workshop 2: Validating the business idea

14:00 – 17:00 Teamwork with guidance

17:00 – 18:00 Online networking event

Rest of the day Teamwork time without guidance



Saturday, July 22nd, 2023

09:00 – 09:30
Opening Session

09:30 – 09:45 Group activity for participant exchange

09:45 – 11:30 Continuation of Workshop 2 – Validating the business idea with teamwork and guidance

11:30 – 12:00 Workshop 3: Know your competitors

12:00 – 15:00 Teamwork with guidance

15:00 – 15:15 Group activity for participant exchange

15:15 – 15:45 Workshop 4: Presenting the business idea (pitching)

15:45 – 17:00 Teamwork with guidance

Rest of the day Teamwork time without guidance

Sunday, July 23rd, 2023

Teamwork time without guidance.

Project submission deadline is 11:59 PM.


Thursday, July 27th, 2023

17:00 – 18:00 Live closing ceremony and announcement of the winners

MANZIMAKERS: Pre-incubation bootcamp agenda

The in-person bootcamp, for 1 to 2 members of the winning teams (to be confirmed), will take place from September 9th to 12th  in Cape Town. The agenda for the bootcamp will be shared at a later stage with the Challenge winners, but it will include theoretical and practical sessions to further advance the teams’ business model canvases, create initial financial plans for the company, plan the implementation of their prototypes, and connect with each other and other mentors in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.