Can you convince an...


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Comment by Saskia Reus-Makkink:

David is a great coach, really able to inspire to get a strong message across. To pitch you need a strong proposal as well. We can support with that, with an upcoming virtual program, dedicated to pioneers focussing on water issues in African cities. You meet sector experts, startup specialist and other changemakers like yourself on your road.

Pitch expert David is part of the team of coaches you can tap into to finetune your proposal before we share it with the VIA Water Advisory board for selection.

See announcement posted yesterday on web site of VIA Water or message below:

Water is life!

Have you got the solution for a water-related challenge in your city? Do you live in Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda or South Sudan? Do you want to see your idea come to life? Apply now for the VIA Water Innovation Challenge.

What: a virtual program that will help you take your idea to pilot proposal stage.

Who: 10 innovative thinkers with ideas to solve a water issue in one of the cities in Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda and South Sudan meeting business and sector experts

When: You’ll need to be available for 8 hours per week from 1 September – 19 October 2015.

Deadline: Apply with a 2-page teaser by 5 August 2015. Please for more information about the format of the teaser.

Good to know:

  • All complete applications will receive feedback on their concept.
  • The top 10 most promising concepts will be invited to a 6-week online program to finalise a sound proposal for the VIA Water Advisory Committee. This is an intense 6-week program including workshops and individual coaching sessions.

What’s next?

VIA Water Advisory Committee will reward concepts with funding, expertise, knowledge and access to its network to enable you to pilot your innovation. Individuals can apply for the challenge and join the virtual program. If you are selected to implement your idea, note that contract for the pilot will be signed with registered entities only.

Criteria for entering the challenge and apply for the Virtual program:

  • Have a potential scalable idea that will contribute to solving one of the pressing needs in African cities.
  • You need to be based in Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda or South Sudan.
  • Entrepreneurs as well as government officials and knowledge institutes can apply.
  • You need to be available for 8 hours per week from 1 September – 19 October 2015.
  • You are at idea stage and need to develop a plan for a pilot. We’re not looking for proven concepts.
  • You are proficient in English.
  • You have access to a good and stable internet connection.

Dates to diarise:
5 August 2015: deadline for application submission
25 August 2015: selected participants announced
1 September – 19 October: online workshops and individual coaching sessions

Are you a Dutch company looking to partner or invest?
We will happily match you with an exciting entrepreneur or organisation. Please get in touch.

About us
VIA Water is a program that aims to support innovative solutions for water problems facing cities in Africa to get to the next stage. We support innovators in Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda and South Sudan. What kind of ideas do we support? Read more on our website:
Africa Funded empowers entrepreneurs in emerging economies by increasing access to knowledge, expertise and funding. For more information see our website:
Aqua for All is an NGO focusing on increasing access to water and sanitation for the poor and is fund manager of the VIA Water Fund. See also:

Send your application (2 page teaser) to:

Please let me know if you have any questions, you can connect with  me this Friday via Skype: Free FeedbackFriday.