LAGOS - JUNE 2020

"Innovate 4 Water" - A market-place forum for sustainable development in Nigeria
June 2020 | Lagos
INNOVATE 4 WATER - LAGOS
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
 
WHAT & WHY
INNOVATE 4 WATER - LAGOS

 

The marketplace in Lagos will bringtogether diverse water stakeholders (e.g. entrepreneurs, investors, large and small companies, ICT companies, agribusiness sector, non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, incubators) that are contributing toward the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: Clean water and sanitation for all people.

 

EVENT OBJECTIVES

The marketplace forum is a concept curated for the following reasons;

  • Create visibility for entrepreneurs in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector (including MHM) so they can connect with impact investors, to secure capital and enhance their own capacity and networks in the sector.

  • A strong reinforcement of the local ecosystems around WASH entrepreneurship: Provide an opportunity to organisations to present their needs and/or current projects (impact funds, coalitions, innovative public/private models, new financial vehicles) to potential demand-side and service providers (social entrepreneurs, water and technology experts, etc), as well as to partners and current and prospective investors.

  • New business partnerships between entrepreneurs, investors, utilities and enablers: Match-make all water and sanitation stakeholders (water and sanitation entrepreneurs, investors, NGOs, donor agencies) in order to create sustainable collaborations that adopt innovative technology and thinking to combat the threat of climate change in the water and sanitation sector.

 

EXAMPLE OF PARTICIPANTS IN PREVIOUS INNOVATE 4 WATER IN NIGERIA
Entrepreneurs, Investors and Key Enablers
 
WHO

Audience:

 

  • SMEs and multinational companies with interest in the WASH sector

  • Utilities or civil engineering

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

  • WASH institutions (foundations, coalitions, associations)

  • Non-government and governmental organisations, national and local

Participants will pitch about:

 

  • Market based solutions

  • Social entrepreneurship

  • Impact investing

  • Water, sanitation and related development issues, with a focus on the Western African region

  • Sustainable Development Goals

  • Access to basic services for low income populations

  • Business and human rights

  • Blended finance

  • Circular economy

  • Decentralized business models

 
PROGRAMME
 
WHERE

Seedspace GrowthLab

2nd floor, Business Center, Circle Mall, Lekki Penninsula II, Lekki, Nigeria

SEQUENCE AND ORGANIZATION

The format of the event was a marketplace forum accommodating 50+ people. The setup was dynamic enough to foster meaningful interactions between participants. There was mainly be short pitches and networking discussions.

 

  • The forum featured selected organisations working in the "Water Nexus" sector, impact investing, social entrepreneurship and UN agencies. A large segment of the forum will be dedicated to organizations presenting their water technology needs to potential providers, partners and investors.

 

  • There was several sessions covering relevant topics in an interactive format composed of two elements:

    • Public and private organisations pitching their needs and/or projects (5 min / pitches)

    • Networking & B2B sessions

The main objective of the marketplace forum was to aid in closing the SDG6 gap by focusing on scaling-up the impact of smart, for-profit social enterprises/ solutions providers, and by providing those enterprises with opportunities to network not only with impact investors but also with a range of organisations such as water utilities, government agencies, and development banks. The forums was designed to provoke major systemic change and to consolidate investment ecosystems in the shortest possible time.

Participants were curated to bring value to each other. The format was based on ALL participants being active, through a series of short pitches in which all participants had 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.

 

To do so, we provided the opportunity to all participants (entrepreneurs, corporations, investors, enablers…) to:

  1. Pitch their activity in a short pitch format in front of the full audience

  2. Have a small exhibition space available within a marketplace to display flyers, prototypes or a roll-up banner

 

 

 
CO-ORGANIZING PARTNERS
 

Seedstars is a global organisation with activities in key emerging markets. They connect stakeholders within these ecosystems, build companies from scratch with their public and private partners and invest in the top entrepreneurs. Through their different activities of startup scouting, company building and acceleration programs they now have access to entrepreneurs, investors, incubators, corporates and government officials.

Products

- Seedstars World Competition, world’s biggest startup competition in emerging markets
-Seedspace, tech entrepreneurs hub
- 3-month acceleration program for startups

Waterpreneurs is a global “for-impact organization” supporting the scaling-up of impact investments financing the growth of water and sanitation (WASH) enterprises operating in developing countries, and respecting human rights. 

Waterpreneurs fosters interactions between global players from the private sector, the public sector and from civil society to direct finance toward impact projects in the communities, with the main objective to foster local ecosystem consolidation. Waterpreneurs has created the Marketplace forum “Innovate 4 Water”. “Innovate 4 Water” Marketplace forum is not a conference. It is a dynamic and interactive Marketplace forum where entrepreneurs, investors and enablers meet and thrive.

 

CONTACT

Brieux Michoud

Waterpreneurs

brieux.michoud [@] waterpreneurs.net