"Innovate 4 Water" - a marketplace for sustainable development
4-5 August 2020 | Brisbane
Australia’s contribution to strengthen water nexus sectors in the Asia-Pacific region


What is the marketplace about?

Innovate 4 Water” is two days of matchmaking, bringing together solutions and needs, curated into investment focussed 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.


Innovate 4 Water” organisers, in conjunction with Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, will coach participants on the day before the marketplace. We will also run a special pitching session for start-ups on the day after the marketplace. 


Why “Innovate 4 Water”?

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. 


What are the expected outcomes?

Strong reinforcement of the local ecosystems around water resource management, WASH and the water nexus. The marketplace accelerates commercially sustainable change by: 

  • creating visibility to established technological solutions and business models, local solution providers and local investors 

  • attracting higher levels of blended investments outside of donor and aid funding 

  • transferring water sector and water-dependent knowledge and innovation 

  • forming meaningful partnerships and cross-sectoral collaborations 

  • driving economic growth and improving access to water and sanitation in the targeted region.


Intended audience:

  • 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

  • universities / incubators / research institutions


The event will be dynamic, interactive and innovative, consisting of short pitches and networking discussions, and an exhibition with an extra day for pitch coaching. Importantly, pitching and networking sessions will be dedicated to facilitating connections between the participating stakeholders, with a focus on concrete projects in the field. We require every participating organisation to pitch their solutions and needs.


An exhibition marketplace will be available during the whole event, with selected organisations presenting their activities, innovations, technologies and projects. This marketplace will be used for active networking. To ensure the event has the broadest impact and reach, sessions will be recorded and documented for post-event marketing and media amplification.


There are breaks of 45min in a marketplace format (small stations for entrepreneurs and relevant organisations) to facilitate interactions and discussions.


You can engage as a solution provider: an entrepreneur, an investor, a government representative, or a sponsor. “Innovate 4 Water” is a curated event and participation in the event is by invitation only. To engage, you need to follow two steps.

Step 1

To express your interest  click here  and complete the registration form. It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete the registration form.

Solution providers from the various categories must register their intent to pitch at “Innovate 4 Water”. You will be asked details about your solution and capabilities. 



If you would like to participate as an entrepreneur, please contact Andrew Best @ for more information or call 0408 862 076.



If you would like to participate as an investor, please contact Oksana Tkachenko @ for more information or call 0408 843 690.


Government representative (reserve link) 

If you would like to participate as a government representative, please contact Andrew Best @ for more information or call 0408 862 076.


Sponsor information (download link) 

If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact Andrew Best @ for more information or call 0408 862 076.


Step 2

Once you have been accepted into the event, you need to purchase a participant ticket by following the link below.


The following topics, which reflect current sector priorities, will be the focus of the marketplace:

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  • Access to over 2 days of interactive activities

  • Special lead up sessions in 3D interactive environment

  • Post event scale up activities

  • Access to dedicated networking sessions

  • Opportunity to pitch (5min) during the event (if presentation is received before the 2 weeks prior the marketplace)

  • Opportunity to have a virtual “table” at the event

  • Possibility to participate in the coaching session prior the marketplace

  • Possibility to participate in the start-up pitching session led by the Office of Queensland Chief Entrepreneur on the day after

  • Potential exposure to international investor and market networks, through the opportunity to apply for the Solar Impulse Foundation -Efficient Solutions Label.

Super Early Bird

Before the 15th of June

30% discount

AUD 500

Early Bird

Before the 15th of July

15% discount

AUD 650

Ticket fee

Price for all participants after the 15th of July

AUD 750


399 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia


With a vision to create water leaders for the future, the Australian-based International WaterCentre (IWC) fosters innovative thinking in the water sector to build the capacity of water professionals, globally and in Australia, to lead the changes needed in the water sector.


Based in Switzerland, Waterpreneurs is a global for-impact organisation, supporting the scaling-up of impact investments financing the growth of “water nexus” businesses, operating in developing countries.

Business Models INC. is a global business design agency specializing in strategy and innovation.


Andrew Best

International WaterCentre


Nicolas Lorne


nicolas.lorne [@]