The WaterSpark Initiative
A Platform to achieve meaningful change to the status quo in water
Waterspark is a mission-aligned global initiative launched to radically transform, accelerate and scale solutions to water challenges in access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, water scarcity and water quality.
WaterSpark is a widely available coalition representing the whole innovative ecosystem/value chain. We have a mission to spark innovative water solutions, to foster sector-wide collaboration rather than competition and to centralize knowledge. This will drive the development of innovative solutions resulting in economic profitability with environmental and social advancement
Enough is enough and time is running out
Half of the world’s population is projected to live in a water-stressed area by 2050. The water and waste water market is valued at USD 0.6 trillion annually, water distress drives significant growth of the industry to a forecasted USD 1 trillion by 2025. 60% of water issues globally only can be solved by innovative technologies, but business across the value chain lack funding to scale. USD 11.7 trillion water infrastructure investment needed until 2030 to address only the current water issues.
We will not achieve SDG 6 with the current tools: mindset, technologies, investment strategies, business models and partnerships. There is no shortage of public and private sector initiatives, conferences, corporate social responsibility targets, reporting and pledges. However, we are approaching ever increasing water challenges with the same thinking and tools that got us here.
The WaterSpark Strategy & Actions
We believe a multi-faceted approach is needed with a critical focus on catalyzing growth of innovative water technologies and demonstrating financial viability of scalable water businesses and investment opportunities.
Through tangible action, we want to reshape how people, businesses, governments, and organizations share knowledge and find ways to rethink, recover, and reuse water with the goal of protecting the natural resources and ecosystems that communities everywhere depend on. While there is no single answer to the water challenges, WaterSpark is using a push (through government and corporate engagement) and pull (consumer education & awareness) strategy to catalyze investments solutions to avert current and future water challenges globally.
Why is WaterSpark not just another program, platform, initiative, etc
Catalyzing innovation and investments in technology and business models to solve our global water challenges.
The WaterSpark platform inspires, educates and connects entrepreneurs, utilities, industries, investors and the public and provides them with the knowledge, solutions and skills they need to advance water and climate change adaption and help building a more sustainable and inclusive future.
Our multi-faceted approach is focused on four pillars:
Unlock and Deploy Capital
WaterSpark is an advocate to increase the flow of capital into disruptive water technologies.
We work on ways to structurally connect startups and scaleups with smart capital and address bottlenecks which prevent global growth and impact
WaterSpark can build on many years of expertise identifying and scaling early stage ventures with the greatest potential to drive rapid solutions to our water challenges.
We have access to the largest database of early stage water technologies and have the ability to open a global network to connect the two.
Sharing this vast knowledge as well as our extensive network, makes us an essential link for startups, corporates and investors ready to make impact
We wants to make water a household conversation. This by creating positive global on and offline awareness campaigns. Through modern marketing tools such as influencers and bringing the water topic to the youth and public (sport) events. We inspire, unite and activate communities around the water issues we face globally.
Education is powerful because it brings lasting change. Projects must not only trigger business or technical evolution, but they must inspire youth, students and everyone else to learn and participate in what it takes to solve the water challenges.