Ghana’s first dedicated accelerator focusing on WASH

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Are you an innovative WASH enterprise creating impact in rural and urban areas in Ghana? 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 WASH enterprises, enabling them to reach a stage of investment-readiness.

Transform water, sanitation, and hygiene access into profitable and scalable business models.

Target audiences

Innovative WASH enterprises:

Businesses and social enterprises in Ghana that offer scalable, sustainable and innovative solutions for WASH challenges all across the country.

Why join the accelerator?

Tailored to your needs

We offer you tailored and personalized business development support.

Investment Readiness

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

31 August 2023

Submit your application before 28 August 2023

Interviews of pre-selected entrepreneurs

3 – 10 October 2023

Program Kick-off

23 October 2023

Attend the online program kick-off session [ONLINE]

Enterprise Diagnostics (virtual)

23 Oct – 14 Nov 2023

Benchmark your business and establish your acceleration objectives with customised coaching support [ONLINE]

Acceleration Bootcamp (Accra, Ghana)

15 – 19 Nov 2023

Strategize to scale your market potential and design your investment projects with experts and peers during a 5-day in-person training [F2F]

Transformation Project

December 2023 onwards

Demonstrate your ability to deliver by converting a USD 10,000 catalytic grant into a successful business transformation project [ON-SITE]

Technical Assistance

January 2024 onwards

Build your capacities by working together with dedicated sanitation business experts on a specific support area of your business [ONLINE]

Financial Modelling

February 2024 onwards

Systematically develop your financial model and project your growth path over the next 5 years [ONLINE]

Investment Case Bootcamp (Accra, Ghana)

April 2024 (exact dates TBC)

Develop and pitch a convincing investment case to potentially interested impact investors [F2F]

Investor Matchmaking

May 2024 onwards

Consolidate your business data room as solid basis for investor engagement and long-term partnerships [ONLINE]

Continuous Follow-up Support

June – October 2024

Receive dedicated, tailored coaching support from globally experienced and locally embedded sanitation business development experts [HYBRID]

Program Closure

November 2024

Reflect on lessons learned and become part of a global network of innovative sanitation businesses [ONLINE]



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