East Africa’s first dedicated accelerator focusing on onsite sanitation

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Are you an innovative sanitation enterprise creating impact beyond centralised sewer systems in Kenya and Uganda? If so, this program is the perfect fit for you. We are dedicated to providing customised, long-term support to help you expand your operations and prepare you for investments. Our program is designed to offer capacity building, networking, and financing opportunities that will propel your business to new heights. Join us and take your enterprise to the next level.

Program objectives

Support 8 – 10 high-potential sanitation enterprises along the entire onsite sanitation and resource recovery service chain, enabling them to reach a stage of investment-readiness.

Transform sanitation access into profitable and scalable business models.

Target audiences

Innovative sanitation enterprises:

Businesses and social enterprises in Kenya and Uganda that offer scalable, sustainable and innovative solutions for onsite sanitation and resource recovery solutions.

Why join the accelerator?

Tailored to your needs

We offer you tailored and personalized business development support.

Investment Readyness

We will work with you to become investment-ready and link you up with financiers for larger investments

Sector experts

We combine sector expertise and relevant networks with business development knowledge

Catalytic Grants

10’000 USD catalytic grant for overcoming scaling barriers plus potentially larger investments for scaling

Long-term support

We join and guide you on your acceleration journey over a prolonged period of time

Details & Timeline

Submission Deadline

20 August 2023

Program Kick-off

21 September 2023

Enterprise Diagnostics (virtual)

25 Sept – 17 Oct 2023

Acceleration Bootcamp (Kampala, Uganda)

19 – 24 Oct 2023

Transformation Project

November 2023 onwards

Technical Assistance

January 2024 onwards

Financial Modelling

February 2024 onwards

Investment Case Bootcamp (Kampala, Uganda)

March 2024 (TBC)

Investor Matchmaking

April 2024 onwards

Continuous Follow-up Support

Continuous Follow-up Support

Program Closure

September 2024



This is what our graduates have to say about the business support we provided through our Kenyan water business acceleration program WA-KE UP

Aqua Clara Kenya

“Our company was already going strong before the program, but we were looking for catalytic change to help us accelerate our growth. The WA-KE UP program set us on the right path: Based on insights we gained through the program, we pivoted our business model and today, we are negotiating with several (impact) investors who would have been difficult to access just a year ago.”

John Nyagwencha – CEO, Aqua Clara Kenya

Aqua Clara Kenya Website

Varet Products

“Our participation in the acceleration program has transformed how we think about our business growth trajectory. The many training, networking and exposure opportunities boosted our business’ visibility and helped to engage investors and other potential partners at eye level.”

Eva Muhia – CEO, Varet Products

Varet Products Website

Sonic Fresh Waters

“Our participation in the Business Acceleration Program will have a long-lasting impact on how we manage and grow our business. Thanks to the unique combination of training workshops, bilateral coachings and facilitated matchmaking opportunities, we are now well positioned to become a leading brand in the Kenyan WASH market by promoting an impact-driven approach to providing our services.”

Enock Mailu, Director – Sonic Fresh Waters

Sonic Fresh Waters Website