Toilet Board Coalition and Sankalp Forum launch new Challenge for the Sanitation Sector in India

Press Release : 13 June, 2017

The Toilet Board Coalition partners with Sankalp Forum, creating a call for business solutions challenge for its 2018 Toilet Accelerator India Edition. The partnership aims to identify and showcase high potential Indian enterprises working on innovative sanitation products & services; sanitation circular economy waste management models; digital and mobile applications for sanitation such as mobile money, e-health & smart city solutions.

“We need innovation at all levels if we are to achieve universal access to sanitation in this decade to 2030. Business has a key role to play,” says Cheryl Hicks, Executive Director, Toilet Board Coalition. “With this partnership with Sankalp we are looking to attract and support more entrepreneurs, innovators and companies to realise the vast potential of the sanitation sector.”

The Toilet Accelerator India Edition challenge calls for applications from businesses that are addressing the most challenging water and sanitation issues in the country. Applications will be live on June 13th, 2017 for 3 categories: Toilet Product & Service Model Innovation, Circular Waste Management & Toilet Resource Innovation, and Smart Sanitation Innovation.

Top 3 winners will be announced at the 9th Sankalp Global Summit from 6–8 December, 2017 in Mumbai. The winners will receive over 100,000 Euro of in-kind support from leading companies over a 12 month period, as part of the 2018 Toilet Accelerator cohort of the Swiss based Toilet Board Coalition. The Toilet Accelerator Program provides expert mentorship and support, as well as access to the TBC-Sankalp investor networks. The Toilet Board Coalition is supported by some of the largest multinational corporates like Firmenich, Lixil, Kimberly Clark and Unilever.

“This collaboration between Toilet Board Coalition and Sankalp Forum will bring forth promising sanitation business models from India and support them to achieve scale and impact. “ said Jubin Mishra, Head, Sankalp Forum.

The Toilet Board Coalition is a business platform enabling private sector engagement; connecting large and small companies through their Toilet Accelerator; and ensuring close collaboration between private, public and non-profit sectors, with the common goal to accelerate the business of sanitation for all. It was formed in 2014 by four corporate members — Unilever, Kimberly-Clark, Firmenich, and Lixil, together with a partnership council comprising leading international organisations. www.toiletboard.org

Sankalp Forum is one of the largest platforms promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in emerging markets and building the ecosystem for business-led inclusive development. Over the past nine years, Sankalp has showcased over 400 sustainable enterprises across India, Africa and Southeast Asia, enabled 500+ mentoring connections and facilitated over USD 240Mn of equity investments. Sankalp engages governments, corporations, influential think tanks, media and civil society to invest in building equitable societies.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Toilet Board Coalition: Alexandra Knezovich, knezovich@toiletboard.org, toiletboardcoalition@saltlondon.com

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