Sanitation Ventures is a three-year project to tackle the problem of inadequate sanitation in poor communities worldwide. We have a grant of US $4.8 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, given in June 2009.
Our diverse teams of researchers and advisors enable us to take novel scientific and business approaches not previously applied to the challenges of on-site sanitation.
It’s this wide range of complementary skills that will help us deliver innovations to improve the lives of millions of poor people in developing countries.
Sanitation Ventures’ core research team drives the science and market research that will uncover our key project insights.
These findings will feed into our innovation process to deliver effective sanitation in developing countries, as well as generating a wider platform of new knowledge for future development.
Our Advisory Group contains experts from the sanitation, business, financial and development sectors, who provide objective guidance to help ensure that we have the greatest possible impact on sanitation for poor communities in developing countries.
Members help identify opportunities, recommend approaches to technical challenges, discuss key findings and next steps, and monitor performance against objectives. As well as contributing to concept generation, they advise on the feasibility of lead concepts and channels for commercialising project outputs.
The Venture Development Committee is a sub-group of the Advisory Group, whose members assess applications for our Venture Development Grants to help businesses bring our innovations to market.
From environmental engineering to industrial design and commercial partnerships, Sanitation Ventures’ innovation team brings together diverse expertise to develop our biofilter approach to effective sanitation for people in developing countries.