Water icon

Partnering with the Gates Foundation to Solve a $6 Billion Sustainable Sanitation Challenge

When the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wanted to improve sanitation in the developing world, they initiated the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge in 2011. According to the Gates Foundation, it is estimated that  “the reinvented toilet market will become a $6 billion global annual revenue opportunity by 2030, and could help open the door to a new, potentially larger sanitation sector and value chain supported by private and public investments in products, jobs, and services.” Through the Challenge, the Foundation called on global experts and organizations to create sustainable solutions for the 2.5 billion people worldwide – at that time – who didn’t have access to safe, affordable sanitation.

We created the Sanitation Technology Platform (STeP) in response to the Gates Foundation’s need to accelerate the development and commercialization of sanitation technologies. STeP is a collaborative platform that brings together global experts and organizations to help partners succeed along the path to market. STeP offers field testing services, as well as logistics and management; market intelligence and business planning; commercialization and technology transfer; and user insights.

 

Support the Gates' Foundation's work to develop and commercialize sanitation technologies.

Accelerating innovation in sanitation

STeP de-risks and accelerates novel sanitation solutions. We help partners—technology developers, commercial partners, and financing partners—navigate this challenging terrain. STeP leverages our expertise and in-country networks to identify potential risks, opportunities, and partners early and often in the commercialization process. We focus on more than just technology development. We take a holistic systems approach to commercialization support that integrates market, user, and technology insights. Specifically, we help partners

  • Develop strong business models
  • Field test products in real-world contexts
  • Identify and nurture the partnerships needed to achieve impact

Visit the STeP website, or read about STeP Field Testing in India.

Related Services:
Go-To-Market, Insights
Related Sectors:
Water & Sanitation

Interested in innovation?

Join our mailing list.