BRISBANE - 2020

"Innovate 4 Water" - a marketplace for sustainable development
5-7 August 2020 | Brisbane
Australia’s contribution to strengthen water nexus sectors in the Asia-Pacific region
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WHAT

What was 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, wcoached participants on the day before the marketplace.

WHY

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.

WHO

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

 
 
PROGRAMME
DETAILED PROGRAMME
THEME 1 - Adaptation and mitigation to climate change
Pandora Hope
Bureau of Meteorology
Darren Grover
WWF-Australia
Eva Abal
International RiverFoundation
Vjeko Matic
Bureau of Meteorology
Florijan Silic
Emission Logistics Pty Ltd
Will Soutar
Climate-KIC Australia
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THEME 2 - Nature-based solutions
Gregg Brill
Pacific Institute
David Hamilton
Griffith University
Adrian Volders
Queensland Trust for Nature
Simon Tannock
AlgaEnviro
Neil Bull
RGA
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THEME 3 - Innovative Finance

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Peter Vanderwal
Strat!gos
Kristy Graham
DFAT
Aakif Merchant
Convergence Blended Finance
Aida Karazhanova
UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Sandy Blackburn
Social Outcomes
Dina Pons
Incofin AM
Anouj Mehta
Asian Development Bank
Sushma Kaushik
Aavishkaar Capital
Ashish Shukla
WaterEquity
Prachi Maheshwari
Investing in Women
Jennifer Buckley
SEAF
Nicolas Pascal
Blue Finance
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THEME 4 - From resilience to prosperity
Gerard Cheong
DFAT
Alison Baker
Water for Women Fund
Nitin Unni
Susta Life Foundation
Greg Lestikow
iDE
Gabriela de Oliveira
Social Finance
Sameer Karki
iDE Bangladesh
Nutan Zarapkar
RTI Global India
Michel Dauguet
iDE Cambodia
Rumat Ashraf
HappyTap Bangladesh
Tony Wong
Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities & Monash University
Baiq Citra Dewi Widyantari
Government of Central Lombok Regency, Indonesia
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THEME 5 - Solutions for out-of-the-box context

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Peter Vollert
Ecoflo Wastewater Management
Kristen Roy
Zero Mass Water
Sanjay Banka
Banka BioLoo
David Monnier
Fonto de Vivo
Janice Whitehead
Zerho Waste Management
Sanjay Deshpande
Clearford
Mitra Ardron
Folia Water
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THEME 6 - Exporting Australian innovation and expertise
Marian Neal
Australian Water Partnership
Sudipto Sarkar
World Bank
Antonio Lovisi
TIQ
Veitania Lepani
Australian Water Partnership
Megan McLeod
AWS Asia Pacific
James John
Renmark Irrigation Trust
Craig McVeigh
Similie
Walter Ivison
World Environmental Solutions
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THEME 7 - Embracing the circular economy
Joyanne Manning
ARUP
Paul Davies
Think Sustainability
Hemant Chaudhary
Circular Economy Alliance Australia
Tim Simpson
Austrade
Robert Prestipino
Vital Places
Eric Garcin
SUEZ
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THEME 8 - Innovative finance
Graham Dooley
Water Utilities Australia
Michael Gardner
Aqaix
Sabina Curatolo
Impact Investing Australia
Kim Morison
Argyle Capital Partners
Philip Bateman
Bravo Charlie
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THEME 9 - Efficiency in water infrastructure

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Blair Douglas
BHP
Jason Carr
ARUP
Virgilio (Perry) Rivera
Manila Water
Neil Dhot
AquaFed
Michael Murray
Cotton Australia
Brad Smith
BHP
Michael Gardner
Aqaix
Rohan Koenig
GHD
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THEME 10 - Ageing infrastructure management
Amanda Siqueira
VAPAR
Quentin Bechet
Veolia
Callum Hickey
Iplex Pipelines
Chris Evans
Detection Services
David Brady
Abyss Solutions
Ben Gunness
VeroLaser
Quentin Bechet
Veolia
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THEME 10 - Ageing infrastructure management (panel)
Monica Bennett
Global Infrastructure Hub
Graham Dooley
Water Utilities Australia
Mark Pascoe
International WaterCentre
Rod Naylor
GHD
Lucia Cade
South East Water
Daniel Lambert
ARUP
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THEME 11 - Sustainable Planning
Eric Garcin
Suez
Anna Poberezhna
Smart4tech
Katrina Donaghy
Civic Ledger
Toby Gray
Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia
Jason Mingo
Water Services Association of Australia
Jerome Leray
InFarm
Fred Hooper
Northern Basin Aboriginal Nations
Kate Meyrick
Urbis
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THEME 12 - Early-stage technologies
Andrew Izadyar
Aquor
Craig Shapiro
Blue River Group & Bridge Hub
Chad Hardy
Snowater Solar
Peter Kovalsky
Mincarb
Ali Rehman Khan
Innovative Nozzle
Mark Trembath
Full Cycle Solutions
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THEME 13 - Off-grid and distributed solutions
Alan Yu
Providence Asset Group
Simon Tannock
AlgaEnviro
Tien Shiao
Pacific Institute
Nick Probert
Low Impacts
Andrew Crimston
Geosentinel Australia
Ray Borg
BioGreenTech
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THEME 14 - Innovative finance
Beris Gwynne
Incitare
Michael Gardner
Aqaix
Will Soutar
Climate-KIC Australia
Camille Socquet-Clerc
Bloom
Philip Cormie
Mosaic Advisory & Capital
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THEME 15 - Innovation and collaboration
Andrew Kingsford
WaterStart
Myles Coker
GHD
Melissa MELLADO-RUIZ
Veolia
Merrick Spain
Civic Analytica
Vjeko Matic
Bureau of Meteorology
Yves ANDRE
Veolia
Lee Foster
Innovate Wisely
Antonella Vagliente
Young Water Solutions
Victoria Smaniotto
Solar Impulse Foundation
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PLAYLIST OF ALL PRESENTATIONS
SEQUENCE AND ORGANISATION
 

PRIOR TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The marketplace was fast paced, delivered in two days with 120 participants. The marketplace design was fundamentally different from typical conferences. The “Innovate 4 Water” effective design and the detail in their execution always aimed to facilitate connections and collaborations to bring maximum value to each participant. Its key characteristics were:

  • participation by invitation or recommendation only, to achieve the best matchmaking outcome and maximum impact during and after the marketplace

  • choice of solutions providers focused on financial viability and scalability

  • coaching of marketplace participants prior to each marketplace to deliver effective pitches

POST COVID-19 PANDEMIC

COVID-19 restrictions require logistical adjustment to the delivery mode of the “Innovate 4 Water” Forum. For the Brisbane event in August 2020, International WaterCentre and Waterpreneurs are embedding the following changes:

  • limiting the number of face-to face attendees

  • introducing COVID-19 Safe measures for physical attendance, including 4m2 per person space provision, and physical distancing, and hygiene protocol monitoring

  • implementing an “Innovate 4 Water” risk management plan with a focus on COVID-19 Safe compliance

  • increasing activities in the lead up and post event

  • delivering the forum via an industry leading virtual networking platform, combining live streaming and virtual events software for immersive, close to real time experience, remote participation. The platform is specifically designed for networking and will enable a mix of physical and virtual audience participation.

  • ensuring sufficient technical support on site during the forum for smooth flow of sessions and participant interaction other features of the platform include: real-time video networking, trackable interactions, playback of presentations, post-event access and follow-up networking, virtual reality interactivity, easy connection and networking features (including LinkedIn connectivity)

REGISTRATION
 
  • Access to over 3 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.

 
WHERE

The Precinct - Level 2/315 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006.

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.

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

 

Waterpreneurs mobilises versatile expertise and a global network of key stakeholders, locally, around the 5 continents.

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

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