ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

We foster interactions between global and local players from the private sector, the public sector and the civil society to shift financing towards innovative and impactful local solutions.

OUR VISION

  • Increase mutual visibility between local solution providers and local investors.

  • Create an environment of trust that allows cross-sector collaboration.

  • Build capacity in the water nexus entrepreneurial community. 

  • Strengthen impact investment market in a given region and de-risk of market-based projects.

  • Create locally integrated approaches (i.e. coalitions, consortia) accelerating the financing of the sector.

DELIVERING SYSTEMATIC IMPACT

We are building bridges between the private sector and all the other key stakeholders leveraging water nexus opportunities. We do this by taking locally isolated solutions and bridge them with our marketplace events to create locally empowered ecosystems and scaling-up impact through coalitions and impact funds.

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MARKETPLACE FORMAT & OBJECTIVE

The main objective of the "Innovate 4 Water" forums is to aid in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets by focusing on scaling-up the impact of local solutions addressing local water nexus issues.

 

"Innovate 4 Water"creates opportunities for action-oriented solutions providers (entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, utilities, public authorities, associations) to network and accelerate the spread of their solutions.

The forums are designed to provoke major systemic change and to consolidate investment ecosystems in the shortest possible time.

“Innovate 4 Water” is fundamentally different from usual conferences because participants are curated in order to bring value to each other. The format is based on ALL participants being active, through a series of short pitches in which all participants have the opportunity to present their activities in order to gain visibility with other stakeholders of the sector as well as increase collaboration and business opportunities.

2-DAY FORUM

Selected themes
Addressing critical water challenges
Upon invitation only

PITCHING

Showcasing 60+ existing solutions
4-5 minute pitches
Coaching 1 day before

DELEGATE MIX

50-200 delegates
Truly multi-stakeholder
80% national, 20% international

NETWORKING FOCUS

2 lunches, 2 cocktails, 4 coffee breaks
Open space for networking
45 minute breaks

WHAT

“Innovate 4 Water” is two days of matchmaking, bringing together solutions and needs, curated into investment-focused themes.

The design and delivery of “Innovate 4 Water” is unique and effective because the marketplace: 

  • is outcome oriented 

  • has 100% active participation 

  • is highly curated 

  • has a business-networking focus

WHY

“Innovate 4 Water" marketplace  fosters interactions between global and local players from the private sector, the public sector and the civil society to shift financing towards innovative impactful local solutions.

 

Expected outcomes are strong reinforcements of the local ecosystems around the water nexus, allowing the marketplace to accelerate commercially sustainable change.

WHO

  • SMEs and multinational companies with interest in the water nexus sector

  • Utilities and civil engineering

  • Primary and manufacturing industries

  • Investors (banking, asset management, private banking, corporates, venture capital, private equity)

  • Water nexus institutions (foundations, coalitions, associations)

  • Non-government and governmental organisations, national and local

  • Action-oriented universities / incubators / research institutions

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

2 DAYS

Access to 2 days of interactive activities

NETWORKING

Access to dedicated networking sessions

PITCH

Opportunity to pitch during the event (5 min)

TABLE

Opportunity to have an identified "table" at the event for efficient networking

COACHING

Participation in a coaching session prior the event to ensure maximal impact of your pitch

PRE & POST EVENT

Special pre-event lead up & post-event scale-up activities

INVESTORS

Exposure to potential international investors, clients and market networks

EFFICIENT SOLUTIONS LABEL

Option to apply for the Solar Impulse Foundation - Efficient Solutions Label

ROLLOUT STRATEGY

GLOBAL AMBITION 2020 - 2025

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STRATEGIC PARTNERS

We believe in strong and long-term relationships to assess, connect and scale-up solutions in our marketplaces

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Geneva 2017

Nairobi 2018

Abuja 2018

Kisumu 2019

Lusaka 2019

Lagos 2019

Brisbane 2020

Lausanne 2021