"Innovate 4 Water" : A market-place forum for sustainable solutions and innovations for Water and Sanitation
25-28 March, 2020 | Nakuru
Accelerating Financing of
Climate SMART water and
sanitation solutions




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The format of the event is a marketplace forum accommodating 160+ people. The setup will be dynamic enough to foster meaningful interactions between participants. There will mainly be short pitches and networking discussions.


  • The forum will feature selected organisations working in the WASH 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 will be 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


  • Facilitated discussions around specific themes will explore pain points, synergies and facilitate connections between entrepreneurs with innovative WASH technologies, investors and other key stakeholders.




Coming soon

Tuesday 24th 

(closed meeting - optional)

  • Coaching for presenters

Wednesday 25th

  • Opening session

  • Pitches by investors, accelerators, regulators

  • Networking and matchmaking sessions

Thursday 26th

  • Pitches by selected enablers and service providers

  • Networking and matchmaking sessions

  • Cocktail

Friday 27th

  • Pitches by selected enablers and service providers

  • Networking and matchmaking sessions

  • Closing session

Saturday 28th


  • Field visit

Lake Naivasha Resort, Naivasha (Nakuru County)

Moi S Lake Rd, Karagita, Nakuru County, Kenya

"Innovate 4 Water" Kenya 2020 - Nakuru

The proposed Forum is a ‘home grown’ initiative that seeks to provide a sustainable approach to addressing the need for innovation in the water and sanitation sector not only in Nakuru but the region as well through private sector engagement. Technology and innovation have been prescribed as the strategy to deliver this aspiration as an enabler to efficient water use, which thereby reduces the strain on the utility companies in the country. Use of sustainable technologies and solutions is also recommended as a very good approach into which communities, urban centres, and governments can deal with the issues related to sanitation this include, collection, transportation.

Furthermore, the forum seeks to demonstrate / show that the solutions are available but need implementors: reduction of demand (use of laundry water for toilet flushing), diversify the resources (rainwater harvesting), regreen/ beautify the town/city: infiltration, urban agriculture, recharge of groundwater. In short: REDUCE, RECHARGE, REUSE of water through private sector interventions.


There is also a need to develop and integrate innovative technologies which can address non-revenue water in small towns and peri urban centres. These include technical and commercial and water quality and adaptive management through real time data collection and management By nurturing ‘home grown ‘solutions developed by local and regional innovators, the Forum seeks to provide a platform which show cases cutting edge innovations by private sector and seek to address challenges that hinder uptake of the same.


This Forum will bring together various stakeholders and provided a platform for them to:

  • Gain an understanding of the policies, programmes, and interventions that the government has in place aimed at fostering positive action in sustainable water management.

  • Showcase various innovations in the Eastern African Region market and the value they create within the water and sanitation sector.

  • Facilitate an exchange between the sources and seekers of capital by offering organizations the opportunity to present, in time-limited segments, their mission, their value proposition, and other relevant information.

  • Give presentations on the available sources of financing, and requirements.

  • Showcase their areas of intervention, for those not directly involved in seeking capital and financing.

  • Create partnerships geared towards sustainable water and sanitation management.




  • Government policy makers active in the water and sanitation sector e.g Ministry of Water and Sanitation, WASPA, WASREB

  • County Government representatives and utility companies

  • SMEs and multinational companies with interests in the water and sanitation sector

  • Development partners

  • Sources of finance, including development finance institutions, commercial banks, institutional investors, and impact investors

  • WASH institutions (foundations, coalitions, NGOs)

  • International organizations within the WASH sector

  • Universities / incubators / research institutions

Participants will pitch about:

  • Market based solutions

  • Social entrepreneurship

  • Impact investing

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

  • Sustainable Development Goals

  • Access to basic services for low income populations

  • Business and human rights

  • Blended finance

  • Circular economy

  • Decentralized business models



  • Access to the 3 days event 25th, 26th and 27th March (including teas, snacks and lunches)

  • Access to the evening cocktail on the 26th March

  • ​Opportunity to pitch (5min) during the event (if presentation received before the 28th of February and approved)

  • Opportunity to get a bistro table to exhibit in the market place

  • Possibility to participate in the coaching session on the 24th March

  • Possibility to participate in the field visit on the 28th March

Before the 16th of February

30% discount

KES 35'000

Super Early Bird

Before the 8th of March

15% discount

KES 42'500

Early Bird

Price for all participants after the 8th of March

KES 50'000

Ticket fee


Payment can be made in either Cash, Cheque, bank transfers to ;

Account name: Quercus Group Ltd.
Bank: Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA)
Account no. 7494880018
Bank Address: 30437-00100
Branch code: 07000
Swift code: CBAFKENX

For payments through MPESA; the participant should use Paybill number 880100

Please send a copy of the deposit slip to  Mariam Njoroge <>

Your registration will be confirmed once payment is received.

Important: Its very important that when making the payment, a narration of the person paying should be made. This will assist in reconciliations.


Nakuru County is located in the South Rift Region, between Latitudes 00 13’N and 00 10’ and Longitudes 350 28’W and 350 36’ E. Out of the total county’s area; 202 Km2 is made up of water bodies which comprises three lakes: Naivasha (149  Km2), Nakuru (32 Km2) and Elementaita (21 Km2).

Nakuru County is one of the fastest growing towns in East Africa with a current population approximately 2 million and is expected to 5.4 million in 2050 as indicated in figure 2. Just over half of Nakuru’s population has access to safe water, and water-related diseases are the fourth highest killer in children under five. Around half of the existing toilets are pit latrines, most of which are shared, and waste often ends up in the environment untreated.

At the moment water supply coverage in Nakuru County is at 66%. Hence, there is an immediate need to boost water supply in the county. Still many of the county residents cover a distance of six kilometers to get to the nearest water point, while others till continue to take between 1 – 4 minutes to fetch drinking water.

Two third of Nakuru’s population has access to safe water and the existing water resources are not sufficient to meet the demand that is expected to rise to more than 350,000 m3/day in 2050, Besides the water bodies mentioned earlier, Nakuru County is endowed with other natural water resources which include rivers, shallow wells, springs, dams, pans and boreholes spread all over the county. Some of the major rivers are: Malewa, Njoro, Molo and Igwamiti.



Nakuru town is the fourth largest town in Kenya and it is the fastest growing town in East Africa at 13% annually (UN Habitat 2009). The Population estimates show that Nakuru town has 500,000 people with 44 % (218,216 people) of the residents living in the informal settlements. In Nakuru town, only 25 % of the population is served with sewer connection, while 75% relies on onsite sanitation services (septic tank connected, Ventilated Improved Pit latrines (VIPs) and pit latrines). Feacal Sludge Management (FSM) is a significant challenge especially in high density – low income settlements where majority of the urban population live. According to Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP) of the World Bank it was reported that as of 2014 in Nakuru county only 41.3% of its population have access to improved sanitation, 35.3 % comprise shared sanitation facilities, 23.3 % is unimproved sanitation. Open Defecation (OD) is rated at 2.8 % in the County.


  • De-fluoridation solutions

  • Solarization Programs/Clean & Sustainable Energy Solutions (Green Energy)

  • 5 Building Blocks of Sanitation – Upscaling the Nakuru CWIS Strategy, NACOSTEC and CWIS-SAP Tool and Financing Sanitation Options.

  • Water Harvesting Solutions

  • Water Recycling Solution


Quercus Group is a niche strategic and hands-on advisory firm specialized in sustainable development through project and partnerships development, strategic consulting and capacity building.

Quercus Group works with clients and supports them in forming partnerships and developing business cases and collaborative platforms that help them realize their green growth and agribusiness potential. The company is one of the few consulting firms who not only provide analysis and advice but also act as partners in the practical implementation of projects and internationalization activities within cleantech, sustainable water solutions, agribusiness, and smart cities. 


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.

Waterpreneurs brings extensive knowledge of the sector, impact investing and facilitation of marketplaces. In June 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland, Waterpreneurs initiated the "Innovate 4 Water" series of marketplace forums, with a global plan to expand to other regions (over the next ten years) with a focus on cities leading in the fields of water and sanitation, entrepreneurship and innovation, and impact finance.

In 2018 and 2019, 6 other “Innovate 4 Water” forums have been organised in Africa (Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia) and in Europe (Switzerland). Ongoing discussions are taking place to accelerate the expansion of the program globally.


NACOSTEC (Nakuru Countywide Sanitation Technical Steering Committee): The County Government of Nakuru through NACOSTEC  play a key role in advising and contributing to formulation of enabling inclusive water and sanitation policies, regulations, norms and standards, overseeing and coordinating implementation of sanitation activities in Nakuru, resource mobilization for sanitation activities and establish countywide and citywide inclusive sanitation and reporting framework also forms part if their roles.

They also facilitate collaboration and partnerships among various department in the County to ensure the County Vision and strategic plans are realized to achieve inclusive environmental sanitation. This Plan is a culmination of a highly participatory and inclusive process aimed to increase access to adequate and equitable environmental sanitation. NACOSTEC has been instrumental in finding ways to improve access to environmental sanitation and has continued to develop and implement innovative approaches in order to deliver results-based outcomes to maintain clean and healthy status for all in Nakuru county.


Sanitation research and development for Africa (SARDA):  is a consultancy company that specializes on localizing SDG 6 in Africa. Since conception in 2018, the company has been working with a critical mass of frontline service providers to influence behavior change and develop the demand for innovative and affordable sanitation solutions at community level.  These include training and coaching the innovators and entrepreneurs in adopting business practices such as creating a consumer-focused value proposition, marketing strategy, route-to-market approach and define the overall business case. The organization strives to establish a sanitation multi-stakeholder platform that can bring together various actors along the value chain to facilitate dialogue, share knowledge, building partnership and providing business support. Backed by a team of immensely capable and committed personnel and combined with a vast hands-on experience, SARDA is committed to meet the challenging issues of environmental risk and deterioration including sanitation, wastewater management, waste management.



Mariam Njoroge

Quercus Group


Eng.Festus Ng’eno



Wycliffe Mwanzi