A new dedicated Innovation Accelerator for rural sanitation is reaching out to all entrepreneurs in India.
In 2014, India launched the ambitious Swachh Bharat programme to make sanitation facilities available to all by 2019. The government is boosting investments in the programme through a special sanitation tax, corporate social responsibility funding and a new US$ 1.5 billion World Bank loan. The market for rural sanitation is anticipated to be worth up to US$ 25 billion, US$ 10-14 billion for toilet construction and US$ 6-9 billion for customer financing (Monitor Deloitte, 2013).
Entrepreneurs, investors and corporations are increasingly interested in contributing towards improved sanitation. However, systemic challenges impede the breakthrough of new for-profit sanitation solutions. The Sanitation Innovation Accelerator 2016 intends to overcome these challenges by providing a platform to identify, start up, finance and scale sanitation innovations.
A dedicated website is available at SIA 2016.