Worldwide more than 2 billion people have limited access to clean water and have to use water which is contaminated at some level.
More than half the world’s population – and approximately half of global grain production will be at risk due to water stress by 2050, if business-as-usual persists.
Climate change manifests itself primarily through changes in the water cycle, and its impacts have direct consequences for water security.
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.