a 3 hours showcase of "Innovate 4 Water" market-place forum
during the Zug Impact Summit 2018


18 September, 2018 | Zug (Switzerland)
Impact Summit 2018

Entrepreneurs pitches:


A wide range of diverse entrepreneurs presented business opportunities in decentralised water kiosks, aquaculture ventures, sanitation businesses, desalination projects and ocean cleaning initiative.


You can access the presentations by clicking on the logo of the entrepreneurs displayed below.

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Market Place:


All entrepreneurs were available for questioning at their tables during the session for further analysis and conversations.



Market Trends:


Throughout the INNOVATE 4 WATER session attendees received updates on the latest developments of the global water and sanitation crisis, corporate supply-chain business cases, the water-food-energy & health nexus, digitalisation and global finance perspective of the WASH sector, and finally the emergence of hybrid business models.


What was in it for Investors?


New FINANCING SOLUTIONS! We started with the current situation of grants and development aid and then move to the evolution from grants and subsidies to loans, equity, and bonds.

HIGHLIGHTS included presentations on how to de-risk WASH investments through sustainable ecosystems and innovative finance, such as blended finance. The conversation included tools such as investment funds and bonds, ad-hoc incentives, finance facilities, matchmaking and crowdfunding platforms, but also multi-stakeholders financing alliances, blockchain and crypto-currency.


For the 3rd consecutive year, the Zug Impact Summit gathered inspirational speakers, world-class educators and practical showcases of impact investment solutions. EARTH & FINANCE was SIIA’s theme this year, looked for ways to improve the livelihoods of people and conserve our precious planetary resources. On 17 - 18 September 2018, a unique mix of entrepreneurs, investors, and thought-leaders shared their views and investment strategies about Earth & Finance.

Innovate 4 water: A matchmaking forum for sustainable development


On 18 September afternoon, “Innovate 4 Water” in Zug brought together selected stakeholders (entrepreneurs, investors, large and small companies, non-governmental organizations) that are contributing toward the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: Clean water and sanitation for all people.


This event leveraged the joint experience of SIIA in Impact Investing and of Waterpreneurs with its series “Innovate 4 Water”.



The “Innovate 4 Water” forum is a concept curated for the following reasons;

  • To match-make all water stakeholders (water entrepreneurs, investors, consultants, NGOs, Donor agencies)

  • To foster development & and innovation in water technology & engineering

  • To promote business models that will help deliver on the vision of sanitation, hygiene and water for all in west Africa



The format of the event was an afternoon marketplace forum. The setup was dynamic enough to foster meaningful interactions between participants. There was mainly short pitches and networking discussions.


  • The forum featured selected organisations working in the WASH sector, impact investing, social entrepreneurship. A large segment of the afternoon was dedicated to organizations presenting their water technology needs to potential providers, partners and investors.


  • The session covered relevant topics in an interactive format composed of two elements:

    • Entrepreneurs pitching their needs and/or projects (7 min / pitches)

    • Networking & B2B sessions





Theater Casino Zug, Switzerland


SIIA is a non-profit organisation in Zug, Switzerland, that promotes investments for a better world, aiming to bridge impact with finance, through conferences and networking events. SIIA envisions a future where investors select investments not only on the basis of return and risk but also by their impact on societies.


Waterpreneurs aims to help solve the problems raised by the 17 Objectives of Sustainable Development (SDG) with a focus on SDG 6 (Water and Sanitation).


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.