Worldwide more than 2.1 billion people lack access to safe, readily available waterat home and roughly 50% of the global populationlack safely managed sanitation. If present consumption rates continue, the World Economic Forum estimates there will be a 40% global shortfall of water supply by 2030.
Estimates show that water infrastructure projects globally will require funding of up to USD 600 billion per year until 2030.
The Water Impact Fund intends to invest in technological companies that provide innovative, cutting-edge solutions for large infrastructural projects.
The Fund’s investment strategy is to invest in growth stage small- and medium-size companies, which have developed and/or are operating innovative and scalable proven technologies in the water and sanitation sector and are seeking to market their products/services beyond their existing geographical footprint.
The Fund will limit its investments to European-based portfolio companies (with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe and the D-A-CH region), which seek to sell their services cross-border throughout Europe and/or globally.
A model investee company will have a number of the following characteristics, such as:
providing access to water supply– and creating sustainable and reliable supply systems for new water infrastructure;
increasing water provision efficiency–improving irrigation, leakage detection, installing smart meters and creating effective solutions for sustainable use of available resources;
improving water quality and treatment facilities–developing cutting-edge filtration technologies and disinfection chemicals;
have clear SDGs– when targeting environmental impact, where the impact should be well-defined, integrated into the business model and be capable of systematic and objective measurement;
have a realistic exit strategy– which does not compromise their long-term environmental impact goals.