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Innovate 4 Water

08/06/2017 (All day) - 09/06/2017 (All day)

This event is co-organized by Waterpreneurs, WIPO GREEN and WATERVENT.  

You are a world expert in:
Water, sanitation and related development issues? Sustainable Development Goals? Access to basic services for low income populations? Business and human rights? Market based solutions? Social entrepreneurship? Impact investing? Blended finance? Circular economy? Decentralized business models?

Innovate 4 Water is for you:
2 days articulated around a matchmaking event and an open forum, focusing on water and sanitation, entrepreneurship and sustainable investments. 

Innovate 4 Water is particularly relevant for: ​
- Small and Medium Enterprises with interests in the water & sanitation sectors
- Multinational companies with interests in the water & sanitation sectors
- Investors (banking, asset management, private banking, corporate companies)
- Water & sanitation institutions (foundations, coalitions, NGOs)
- International organisations, national governments
- Universities / incubators / research institutions
- UN agencies with interest in WASH and IWRM

Innovate 4 Water is bringing water innovators, investors and other stakeholders together to accelerate innovation and diffusion, supporting sustainable technologies and business models for access to safe water and sanitation.

The focus of the 2 days is put on "access to safe water and sanitation" through three main objectives:
- Give visibility to organisations presenting their needs and/or current projects to potential service providers partners and investors
- Leverage the interest of entrepreneurs who innovate, including with disruptive technologies and social business models, thus contributing to SDG 6
- Facilitate connections to catalyse collaborations 


June 8, 2017 - Investments Matchmaking:

 Entrepreneurs with innovative water and sanitation technologies and business models looking for investments will be pitching to prospective investors, including clean-tech venture capitalists, private equity and corporate investors.​ 

An exclusive, non-conference, one-on-one setting in order to accelerate growth by providing support in attracting clients, assessing business opportunities and facilitating financing in the water sector.

​Themes of the day:
The American way of dealing with water issues
- The Israeli way of dealing with water issues
- Universities & foundations from Europe and Israel
- Clean & Water Tech Clusters
- Institutions supporting new water technologies
- Water tech Investors (Financial Investors) 


June 9, 2017 - Open Forum:

The Open Forum will provide the opportunity for meaningful interactions about Technologies, Business and Human Rights amongst water experts, impact investors, social entrepreneurs, multinational corporations, NGOs and UN agencies.​

The day will be dynamic, with time allocated to facilitate connections between project owners, potential partners and investors. We are inviting public and private organizations to make their pitches on the needs they may have in front of companies, start-ups, peers and investors. Maybe someone in the room has solutions, knows of someone who has a solution, or has an idea on how to solve the problem.

There will be 6 sessions of 1h20 each covering relevant topics in an interactive format composed of 3 elements:

- Public and private organisations pitching their needs and/or projects (30 minutes)
- Panel discussion (30 minutes)
- Networking (20min)

Themes of the day :
- Water and sanitation in the circular economy
- Hybrid business models applied to development & emergencies
- Water Energy Food Health nexus
- Sustainable ecosystems for water & sanitation entrepreneurs: from ideation to maturity
- Blended/Innovative Finance
- Smart water & sanitation technologies (data leveraging, data monitoring) 


United Nations - World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - 34 Chemin des Colombettes, Geneva


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