Access2innovation has granted financial support for three Danish business projects to test and further develop products and solutions aimed at identified needs in markets in developing countries.
WPC and ICONO will be working on developing latrine solutions and related business models for developing world users; targeting both private consumers as well as emergency camp needs. Testing of the latter is expected to be done with either UNICEF or Red Cross.
AquaPlanning is developing a waste management solution for Red Cross emergency response base camps in conjunction with the solution that WPC and ICONO is developing.
Green Valley has developed a steam driven low maintenance pumping system that is now ready for field-testing at the MSActionAid training centre in Arusha, Tanzania.
“We are very excited about the WPC, ICONO, AquaPlanning and Green Valley projects and happy that we are able to support them,” says head of the access2innovationsecretariat Jacob Ravn.
"We are extremely pleased to see that private companies have discovered the market potential in the needs that we have identified. This proves the point of access2innovation: partnerships between NGOs, companies and researchers can meet the demands of the developing World as well as hopefully being commercially viable.”
Update, November 21st, 2012:
Green Valley have changed their company name to WaterBySun.