Innovate 4 Water: A matchmaking forum for sustainable development

Waterpreneurs is co-organizing this event with WaterVent and the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization’s “WIPO GREEN : The Marketplace for Sustainable Technology”.

WIPO GREEN will host the event that will bring together various water & sanitation stakeholders over the course of two days (entrepreneurs, investors, large and small companies, non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, incubators) who are contributing to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 6.

The objectives of the event are to:

  • Create visibility for entrepreneurs in the water sector in order to enable them to reach impact investors;
  • Promote the transfer of innovative water technologies and innovative business models in emerging markets and developing countries;
  • Facilitate connections to catalyse collaborations

The event 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

Are you 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?


On June 8, 2017, 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.

Themes of the day:

  1. ​The American way of dealing with water issues
  2. The Israeli way of dealing with water issues
  3. Universities & foundations from Europe and Israel
  4. Clean & Water Tech Clusters
  5. Institutions supporting new water technologies
  6. Water tech Investors (Financial Investors)


On June 9, 2017, 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.

Themes of the day :

  1. Water and sanitation in the circular economy
  2. Water Energy Food Health nexus
  3. Smart water & sanitation technologies (data leveraging, data monitoring)
  4. Sustainable ecosystems for water & sanitation entrepreneurs: from ideation to maturity
  5. Hybrid business models applied to development & emergencies
  6. Blended/Innovative Finance.


Register via the form provided at

Location: Geneva, CH

Dates: June 8, 2017 - June 9, 2017