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.
The initiative was founded by the following 5 organisations:
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.
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.
Founded in 2014, the TBC is a unique business-led partnership with the ambition to address the global sanitation crisis by accelerating the Sanitation Economy. The TBC is enabling private sector engagement; connecting large and small companies; and ensuring close collaboration between private, public and non-profit sectors with the common goal to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6), universal access to sanitation.
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.
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