All members of the SWEP have a mission to support water and/or sanitation entrepreneurship in one way or another. We came together for the first time in February 2017 to explore the question:
“How to work smarter together to achieve a higher impact?”
Ever since, we have been motivated by the belief that together, we will be stronger and more impactful. And that we will provide a more effective offering to water and sanitation entrepreneurs.
Current and founding members:
Antenna Technologies is a Swiss foundation committed to the scientific research of technological, health and economic solutions in partnership with universities, non-profit organizations and private companies to meet the basic needs of marginalized populations in developing countries. In the water and hygiene department, we develop low cost technologies (embedded in a business model) that would transform lives. We are looking for low-cost grassroot innovative technologies to develop with our R&D team and our network of partners around the world.
Aqua for All believes that innovation and public and private capital are needed to bridge the service and finance gaps in the water and sanitation economy. In order to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 – Water and sanitation for all, Aqua for All focuses on driving change, together with its stakeholders. Aqua for All operates in Africa and Asia and creates an enabling environment for innovative ideas to scale up. In addition, funds are also used to facilitate public and private investments in viable water and sanitation solutions.
Borda is based in Bremen and has over 40 years of experience in sanitation and urban development. It has developed many award-winning solutions that empower people and set new standards in over 20 countries worldwide. As an innovation leader, Borda works with municipalities and local authorities to enable them to provide their citizens with infrastructure facilities for securing livelihoods in liveable spaces. BORDA’s holistic, sustainable urban and regional planning approaches ensure efficient, reliable and affordable water, sanitation and energy services.
cewas is the world’s first dedicated water and sanitation incubator. Founded in 2010 in Switzerland, cewas offers dedicated water and sanitation Start-up programmes and tailored support for entrepreneurs worldwide. cewas’ core activity is to support early-stage entrepreneurs in identifying business opportunities in the water and sanitation sector, giving them guidance to develop a strong and sustainable business model and opening doors to access to finance, customers and networks.
The Swiss Bluetec Bridge was launched in November 2012. It strives to accelerate sustainable access to water and sanitation for local residents – especially the poorest in society – in rural areas and in small towns in developing and emerging economies, by providing them with advanced Swiss technology and innovation.
Toilets for All contributes to closing the huge gap in access to clean and dignified toilets for the world’s population (SDG 6.2), leaving no one behind. The Swiss foundation aims to achieve this goal through different collaborative actions, acting as an enabler for both entrepreneurs and funders, but also legislative organisations, select communities and government bodies, and focusing on the emergent sector of circular off-grid in-home sanitation (COGIHS) and related hygiene efforts.
Waste develops innovative financing strategies and business models to scale sanitation and solid waste management initiatives using a bottom-up approach. Waste has a long-standing expertise in entrepreneurship development, inclusive finance and multi-stakeholder approaches.and addresses the entire chain in waste management, from containment, collection, transportation, processing/treatment and reuse and sales.
Waterpreneurs aims to help solve the problems raised by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a focus on SDG 6 (Clean water and sanitation). Waterpreneurs works on a dialogue and provides multi-stakeholder solutions (private, public, civil society …) around issues of human rights, security and peace in the world, through the development of entrepreneurs who provide basic services to the most vulnerable populations, in particular through access to drinking water.
Young Water Solutions is an international non-profit organisation that aims to develop and support the potential of young people to contribute to universal water, sanitation hygiene and water resources management. Young Water Solutions empowers young leaders and entrepreneurs, providing them the tools to carry out water and sanitation projects and launch social businesses in their communities.
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