The Challenge

2.4 billion people worldwide lack adequate sanitation facilities.

Unsafe sanitation kills more children every year than measles, malaria, and HIV/AIDS combined.

By 2050, global water demand is projected to increase by 55%, much faster than the world population.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks effective, safe, and affordable sanitation solutions for all.
Your Commercial Opportunity

The Reinvented Toilet offers the potential annual opportunity of a multi-billion dollar market.*

Partners of the Gates Foundation are developing transformative technologies to define and support a new and sizable industry.

* Based on a report from the Boston Consulting Group

The Sanitation Technology Platform (STeP) helps transformative technologies reach the 4.5 billion people worldwide who don’t have access to safely managed sanitation. STeP provides a full range of services including field testing, market intelligence and user insights to help inventors and industry develop products and services that address market and consumer needs. STeP is a collaboration of global experts and organizations that removes risk and streamlines the path to market, fostering greater success for its partners.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is working with the best minds in key areas of research including physicists, biologists, product developers, and engineers. Together, they are re-thinking how human waste can be converted into safe by-products and sometimes even value-added outputs such as fertilizer and energy.

Moving transformative sanitation technology efficiently from prototype to product.

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Learn more about how STeP is helping people and organizations build partnerships, field test technologies, and develop market intelligence and business plans to support commercialization.