USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures Program Steps up to Support Sanergy
Sanergy is thrilled to receive a Phase I grant from the USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures program. DIV is a new program at USAID focused on supporting scalable and high-impact enterprises in the developing world. The Phase I grant, worth $100,000, will specifically focus on building out Sanergy’s model in the slums of Mukuru. If Sanergy hits its milestones, there is follow-on support of $1m and $3m to scale.
The US Government, through Administrator Shah, has made human development a critical priority. It is important for us to work with partners that are as committed as we are to creating sustainable solutions to fundamental challenges like sanitation. We are excited to work with the DIV program because of their incubator style approach to development. They are focused on creating the environment and providing the resources needed to catalyze innovative solutions that will ultimately improve the lives of millions of people around the world.
Maura O’Neill, the Chief Innovation Officer of USAID, said that USAID is supporting Sanergy because “The world has been struggling to discover good business models to scale sanitation solutions that are sustainable. We were excited about Sanergy’s technology, approach and innovative business model to tackle this problem. We believe they have a real promising model that, if works, could scale to solve sanitation problems for millions globally.”
Sanergy received the award today at MIT, where our work began two years ago. We remain incredibly thankful for MIT’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to have made Sanergy into what it has become today!