Innovative solutions sought for the water sector in Eastern African Region

Africa Link Reports

A two-day Forum is being slated for 26-27April 2018 in Nairobi on The role of private sector in providing innovative solutions to the water sector in Kenya and Eastern African Region.

In June of 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland, Waterpreneurs co-organized “Innovate 4 water: A matchmaking forum for Sustainable Development” with WaterVent and the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization’s "WIPO GREEN (“The Marketplace for Sustainable Technology”). WIPO hosted the event that brought together various water & sanitation stakeholders over the course of two days (entrepreneurs, investors, large and small companies, non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, incubators) who are contributing to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 6.
All together, 350+ global experts, participants from all continents 40+ presenting entrepreneurs 60+ challenges shared.

The forum proposed for Nairobi builds on lessons learned from the Geneva event, following many of the same principles that were introduced at the inaugural forum in Switzerland.

The objectives of the event are to:
• Showcase the various innovations in the Eastern African Region market and the value they create within the water sector.
• Facilitate an exchange between the sources and seekers of capital by inviting organizations the opportunity to present, in time-limited segments, their mission, their value proposition, and other relevant information
• Create awareness in companies and private operators, through a half-day workshop, on the most effective ways to articulate their corporate vision in a way that is standardized and easy for sources of finance to quickly assess through typical due diligence processes
• Inform the various of finance on the types of projects that are likely to be seeking finance and encourage the streamlining of their due diligence to enable seekers of finance to put their applications in front of a larger audience

Thematic Discussions and Networking Sessions

The forum will provide the opportunity for meaningful interactions about technologies, business and human rights amongst water experts, impact investors, social entrepreneurs, multinational corporations, NGOs and UN agencies.

Entrepreneurs with innovative water and sanitation technologies and business models looking for investments will pitch to prospective investors, including clean-tech venture capitalists, private equity and corporate investors.

Expected at the Forum are:

• National and county government representatives from across sub-Saharan Africa
• Government policy makers active in the water and sanitation sector
• SMEs and multinational companies with interests in the water and sanitation sector
• Sources of finance, including development finance institutions, commercial banks, institutional investors, and impact investors
• Water institutions (foundations, coalitions, NGOs)
• International organizations, national and local governments
• Universities / incubators / research institutions

Also expected at the Forum are experts in the following areas:
• 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
• Market based solutions
• Social entrepreneurship
• Impact investing
• Blended finance
• Circular economy
• Decentralized business models
• National and county government representatives from across sub-Saharan Africa
• Government policy makers active in the water and sanitation sector
• SMEs and multinational companies with interests in the water and sanitation sector
• Sources of finance, including development finance institutions, commercial banks, institutional investors, and impact investors
• Water institutions (foundations, coalitions, NGOs)
• International organizations, national and local governments
• Universities / incubators / research institutions
Participants will share expertise:
• 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
• Market based solutions
• Social entrepreneurship
• Impact investing
• Blended finance
• Circular economy
• Decentralized business models


In June of 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland, Waterpreneurs co-organized “Innovate 4 water: A matchmaking forum for Sustainable Development” with WaterVent and the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization’s "WIPO GREEN (“The Marketplace for Sustainable Technology”). WIPO hosted the event that brought together various water & sanitation stakeholders over the course of two days (entrepreneurs, investors, large and small companies, non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, incubators) who are contributing to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 6.
All together, 350+ global experts, participants from all continents 40+ presenting entrepreneurs 60+ challenges shared.


The forum proposed for Nairobi builds on lessons learned from the Geneva event, following many of the same principles that were introduced at the inaugural forum in Switzerland.

The objectives of the event are to:
• Showcase the various innovations in the Eastern African Region market and the value they create within the water sector.
• Facilitate an exchange between the sources and seekers of capital by inviting organizations the opportunity to present, in time-limited segments, their mission, their value proposition, and other relevant information
• Create awareness in companies and private operators, through a half-day workshop, on the most effective ways to articulate their corporate vision in a way that is standardized and easy for sources of finance to quickly assess through typical due diligence processes
• Inform the various of finance on the types of projects that are likely to be seeking finance and encourage the streamlining of their due diligence to enable seekers of finance to put their applications in front of a larger audience

Thematic Discussions and Networking Sessions

The forum will provide the opportunity for meaningful interactions about technologies, business and human rights amongst water experts, impact investors, social entrepreneurs, multinational corporations, NGOs and UN agencies.

Entrepreneurs with innovative water and sanitation technologies and business models looking for investments will pitch to prospective investors, including clean-tech venture capitalists, private equity and corporate investors.