East Africa’s first dedicated rural water accelerator

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Are you an innovative rural water enterprise creating impact in rural and peri-urban areas in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania or Rwanda? Then this programme might just be for you: We deliver the personalized and long-term support you need to scale-up your operations and become investment-ready. We want to offer you the capacity building, networking and financing opportuntities you need to bring your business to the next level.

Programme objectives

Support 8-10 high-potential rural water enterprises to become investment-ready.

Transform rural water access into profitable and scalable business models.

Target audiences

Innovative rural water enterprises:

Businesses and social enterprises in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania or Rwanda that offer scalable, sustainable and innovative solutions for rural water challenges.

Why join the accelerator?

Tailored to your needs

We offer you tailored and personalizied business development support.

Catalytic Grants

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

Investment Readyness

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

Long-term support

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

Sector experts

We combine sector expertise and relevant networks with business development knowledge

Details & Timeline

Submission Deadline

10 May 2023

Programme Kick-off

8 Jun 2023

Enterprise Diagnostics

16 Jun 2023

Acceleration Bootcamp (Nairobi)

3 – 7 Jul 2023

Transformation Project

Jul 2023 onwards

Technical Assistance

Aug 2023 onwards

Financial Modelling

Sept 2023 onwards

Investment Case Bootcamp (Kampala)

19 – 24 Oct 2023

Investor Matchmaking

Nov 2023 onwards

Continuous Follow-up Support

Dec 2023 – Jun 2024

Programme Closure

Jun 2024


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

Aqua Clara Kenya

“Our company was already going strong before the programme, but we were looking for catalytic change to help us accelerate our growth. The WA-KE UP programme set us on the right path: Based on insights we gained through the programme, 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 programme 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 Programme 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