Entrepreneurial Solutions for Basic Infrastructure for BoP Communities
Safe drinking water is not only a basic human need, but a necessary precondition for economic and social development. Today, more than 1 billion people lack sustainable access to safe drinking water and approximately 1.8 million, predominantly children under 5 years of age in developing countries, die each year as a result of water-borne diseases.
Another part of the poverty trap is a lack of access to affordable, reliable and clean energy sources. Households at the so-called Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) devote a large share of their expenditures to often harmful and unreliable energy and more than 1.5 billion people are not connected to the electricity grid.
How do we structure business models which provides for the needs of the BoP community? How could it be socially equitable and environmentally sustainable, besides generating profit for the investor? How does technology play a key role? Willi Lars, CEO of Trunz Water Systems AG, will share his experience in this underserved market segment.
Trunz Water is a finalist in the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) Later Stage Awards in 2011. There are over 800 Trunz Water Systems in operation in over 30 countries, touching the lives of millions of people living in deep remote locations. With a network of off-grid water & energy hubs as the core, Trunz’s NEXUS Center’s modular approach envisions a one-stop retail and infrastructure facility that aggregates community members, helps to promote local development and creates employment opportunities.
1630 Welcome by Dr. Remo Burkhard, Managing Director, Singapore-ETH Centre
1635 Opening by Mr. Sunny Chin, President of Singapore High Technology Association (SHTA)
1645 Keynote Address - Mr. Willi Lars, CEO, Trunz Water
1720 Panel chaired by Mr. Patrick Chan, Co-Founder, Cleantech Marketplace Forum and MD, VisionEdge Technologies
- Mr. Willi Lars, CEO, Trunz Water
- Mr. Shantanu Barua, Director, Bright Green Foundation; Managing Director, Bright Renewables Ltd, Bangladesh
Price? Free for CTMF, SHTA and Supporting Org Members; SGD30/= for non-members.
Liew Kheng Yew