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.



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

Accelerating innovation in 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 offers field testing services, including logistics and management; market intelligence and business planning; commercialization and technology transfer; and user insights to help our partners succeed on the path to market.

STeP de-risks and accelerates novel sanitation solutions. We help 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 in the commercialization process.

We focus on more than just technology development and 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.

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