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Meet with VicInAqua at Innovate 4 Water in Kisumu, Kenya on 6-8 February 2019 and get the chance to visit our nearby pilot site!

Innovate 4 Water in Kisumu, Kenya, on 6-8 February 2019: A market-place forum for sustainable solutions and innovations for Urban Water and Sanitation

The VicInAqua consortium will attend Innovate 4 Water in Kisumu, a leading event connecting likeminded people and organizations to share ideas and innovations addressing some of the greatest challenges in the WASH sector. This year's main topic is “Focusing on innovative community-led approaches, entrepreneurship and financing possibilities for water and sanitation in Kenya”.

A great occasion for the VicInAqua partners to show their contribution in the field and discuss further innovation and investment possibilities with interested stakeholders!

The market-place forum will bring together over 150 participants comprising of high-level financiers and service providers from the public and private domains in the water and sanitation sector, as well as innovative entrepreneurs and investors from the region and abroad in an atmosphere of independence and mutual respect.

The participants will have several opportunities to hear more about VicInAqua and get in touch with our consortium partners:

  • our project coordinator Prof. Jan Hoinkis of HsKA (Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany) will give an overall presentation - "Turning water and energy challenges into opportunities - The case of VicInAqua";
  • our project partners ABTG (AquaBioTech Group, Malta) and OxyGuard (Denmark) will participate to pitching sessions and give insights about innovative, sustainable aquaculture and smart water monitoring systems;
  • our consortium will welcome the participants to the VicInAqua booth within the simultaneous exhibition to give them the possibility to further discsuss our solutions to the water and sanitation sector; and
  • in the morning of 8 February, the orgsanisators also offer the opportunity to take part in a field visit of the VicInAqua pilot site nearby.

Please note that the event will be well recorded/documented for post-event televising and media publicity.

Read the current programme here.

Register to Innovate 4 Water here (For Kenyan participants, please register on EventBrite and before payment you have the option to ask for an invoice if you want to pay in Kes). If you are also interested in the field visit of the VicInAqua pilot, please notify it during your registration.

About Innovate 4 Water

Innovate 4 Water” marketplaces bring together dynamic ecosystems of water nexus stakeholders - social entrepreneurs, impact investors, large and small companies, governmental and non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, incubators, etc - who are mainstreaming responsible finance towards impactful sustainable WASH entrepreneurial ventures, thus contributing to achieving the SDG6.

The design and delivery of the " Innovate 4 Water " series is:

  • Action oriented: focused on concrete projects, deal opportunities and business discussions in the WASH sector with limited theory, lectures, or panel discussions

  • Highly curated: participants are organisations from different sectors and are carefully selected to bring value to one another. The quality of the event is ensured by briefing and mentoring pitchers and a short pitch format design, which helps participants to get a sense of who is doing what and identify potential collaborations or deals

  • Business-networking focused: long time slots are dedicated to investor-to-business networking, which is facilitated by the marketplace format design.

The success and impact of the " Innovate 4 Water " marketplaces are characterised by:

  • A strong reinforcement of the local ecosystems around WASH entrepreneurship;

  • New business partnerships between entrepreneurs, investors, utilities and enablers;

  • The transfer of innovative water technologies and innovative business models;

  • Cross-sectoral collaboration.

Get more information here.