Seeking Innovators in Sanitation Entrepreneurship! - Aqua for All

Seeking Innovators in Sanitation Entrepreneurship!

Published: 10th May 2021

We are proud to announce that today Aqua for All, World Waternet and Accenture have launched the first Sarphati Sanitation Challenge!

Since 2013, the Sarphati Sanitation Awards have sought to honour entrepreneurial contributions to the global sanitation challenge. This year, we are transforming the Sarphati Sanitation Awards into the Sarphati Sanitation Challenge, to support promising market-based sanitation solutions on their path to scale. We call on entrepreneurs with a viable, scalable and locally-embedded sanitation solution to apply, in order to accelerate access to safe sanitation for all.

Sarphati Sanitation Challenge participants will receive:

  • Expert business training and tailor-made coaching from Accenture
  • Platforms and access to the Amsterdam International Water Week and Stockholm World Water Week
  • A chance to win the grand prize of €100,000 for implementation of their solution, and additional Accenture support after the Challenge.

With this Challenge we aim to support, develop and implement innovative sanitation solutions and address key obstacles to growth of the sanitation sector. If we do not act now, basic universal sanitation will not be reached until 2042.

The theme for this year’s Challenge is ‘Sanitation and Health’, which highlights how entrepreneurial solutions are bridging key gaps and finding opportunities along the sanitation-health nexus, such as – improved measuring of sanitation impacts on health outcomes, data/tech innovations, safe disposal of waste, healthcare and strategic partnerships.

Entrepreneurs who are looking to strengthen and grow their sanitation solution can check that their initiative meets all our eligibility criteria before applying, and can apply by the 5th of June 2021.


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