Since 2016 the Toilet Board Coalition's specialised corporate accelerator program has been supporting entrepreneurs with bespoke mentorship, partnership and the visibility to scale their sanitation economy businesses.
More than toilets alone, we look for commercially viable businesses across the Sanitation Economies - including innovative sanitary-ware infrastructure, products & service providers; toilet resource collection, treatment, and transformation (circular resource recovery and up-cycling to water, energy, nutrients; and digital applications for sanitation and preventative healthcare.
Participants in the annual Toilet Accelerator programme are building a new sanitation sector for the future.
2019 Accelerator Cohort
India-based company Saathi manufactures biodegradable and compostable sanitary pads made from banana tree fiber to provide a rash-free sustainable experience and reduce pad and plastic waste. Saathi biodegradable pads degrade within 6 months of disposal- 1200 times faster than plastic pads. Each woman purchasing Saathi pads on e-commerce saves 60 kg of pad waste over her lifetime and subsidises pads for low-income women
Joelex makes sanitation accessible and affordable for the urban poor, especially women, children and the youth in Kampala, Uganda, by building toilets, showers and waste to water treatment plants within slums and markets. Joelex has designed waste treatment plants to provide various byproducts such as domestic and drinkable water, biogas and fertiliser.
SHOBAR JONNO PANI (SJP), Bangladesh
SHOBAR JONNO PANI (SJP) (« Water for All ») is the Bangladeshi social enterprise created in 2010 by Eau et Vie, to ensure the supply of running water in precarious neighborhoods, in partnership with local concessionaires. The SJP project is part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined in 2015 by the Member States of the United Nations. Access to clean water and sanitation is the theme of the sixth SDG.
ATEC produces, sells and distributes small-scale pre-fabricated biodigesters turning kitchen, farm and human waste into biogas for rural farming households across Cambodia. The ATEC Biodigester is designed to withstand the challenging conditions of flooding, high groundwater and earthquakes, that developing countries face.
Live Clean, Zambia
Live Clean provides access to public toilet and shower facilities that are clean, safe and affordable in peri-urban areas of Lusaka, Zambia. Live Clean toilets are built from cargo containers. The waste from the toilets is pushed into water recycling Biodigestion systems that make the water reusable for showers and toilets through membrane filters. The solid waste is converted into bio-gas and fertiliser. All lighting and water pumps are powered with solar energy.
Lootel is a smart toilet cafe providing cleanwashroom services using a Pay, Use and Redeem concept. Customers pay for the use of the toilet and redeem a voucher at the Lootel Café. Lootel is an innovative public washroom service based in Indore, India.
The social impact of the businesses supported by the Toilet Accelerator Programme are measured based on their business performance in delivering the increased access, use and adherence to improved sanitation.
In 2018 we have added additional metrics related to the cohort businesses’ invest-ability and therefore prospect to reach scale and therefore optimising societal impact. These metrics address the health of the organisation, operational indicators, investment indicators and overall impact. The focus of implementing the metrics this year is to develop a baseline of all organisations that have gone through the TBC Accelerator programme. This baseline will allow the TBC to assess growth on a quarterly basis for all current cohort members, and biannually for alumni cohort members that continue to work with the TBC.
We welcome investor interest in the new and exciting sectors of the Sanitation Economy.
In 2017 the Toilet Board Coalition created an Investment Review Sub-Committee of investors interested in the emergent sanitation economy sectors.
The objective of the Committee is to:
To review sanitation economy deal flow via the Toilet Board Coalition Toilet Accelerator on a quarterly basis for investment interest.
Facilitate co-investment deals between investors with differing risk appetites.
Explore innovative investment mechanisms that will provide more efficient investment to the sector.