Waterpreneurs is a global “for-impact organisation”, supporting the scaling-up of impact investments financing the growth of WASH enterprises operating in developing countries, and respecting human rights. Waterpreneurs brings extensive knowledge of the water and sanitation entrepreneurial sector, impact investing and facilitation of marketplaces.

Innovate 4 Water marketplace forum bring together a dynamic ecosystem of water and sanitation stakeholders - entrepreneurs, investors, large and small companies, non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, incubators - who are contributing to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 6.

The success and impact of these marketplaces are characterised by a strong reinforcement of the local ecosystems around WASH entrepreneurship; new business partnerships between entrepreneurs, investors, utilities and enablers; the transfer of innovative water technologies and innovative business models; and cross-sectoral collaboration. The design and delivery of the Innovate 4 Water series are unique and effective because the events are:

• action-oriented: focused on concrete projects, deal opportunities and business discussions in the WASH sector with limited theory, lectures, or panel discussions

• highly curated: participants are organisations from different sectors and are carefully selected to bring value to one another. The quality of the event is ensured by briefing and mentoring pitchers and a short pitch format design, which helps participants to get a sense of who is doing what and identify potential collaborations or deals

• business-networking focused: long time slots are dedicated to investor-to-business networking, which is facilitated by the marketplace format design..

By Waterpreneurs