Innovative Water Sanitation Project Launches in Bolivia, Powered by the AB InBev Foundation and Ayala
Water sanitation project will treat 20m 3 of sewage daily, providing 400 people with clean water for consumption or irrigation in Sacaba, Bolivia. This innovative, nature-based technology will enhance water quality at 2 schools in Pampilla and Larati to positively impact students and the greater community.
Ayala and the AB InBev Foundation have partnered to deliver an innovative water sanitation project serving communities in Sacaba, Bolivia.
Currently, Sacaba, Bolivia lacks access to reliable, clean water. Over 30% of the population live under the poverty line, and over 40% go without quality water and sanitation services.
Ayala, an Israeli start-up selected for the 100+ Accelerator Program in partnership with AB InBev corporate, developed a new technology to treat water effluent without added chemicals or electricity. A plug-and-play container treats wastewater to remove pathogens and heavy metals, producing clean water and reducing the occurrence of waterborne infections. Once installed, the system functions for 25 to 30 years.
Housed at two schools in Pampilla and Larati, the project aims to decrease the spread of diseases, increase student attendance, and foster wellbeing at these community epicenters. Once fully operational, sanitized water can be used for direct consumption or cafeteria garden irrigation. Recurring droughts provoked by climate change amplify the positive effects of this project for the residents of Sacaba.
This project will treat 20m 3 of sewage daily and directly impact around 600 people with clean water, with the broader benefits felt by thousands of people throughout the communities. Practical, measurable and scalable, the project can be reproduced around the world in the future to improve living conditions and counter the effects of climate change in communities threatened by water scarcity and water insecurity.
In direct alignment with three of the five pillars of the Foundation, this initiative is designed to nurture entrepreneurship, ensure sustainable access to clean water, and support sustainable agriculture in vulnerable communities.
Early Entrepreneur Bootcamp launches, powered by the AB InBev Foundation and Future Founders
February 15, 2022
Bootcamp program will focus on underrepresented populations within entrepreneurship in the very early stages of building their company, and include six months of programming and a $5,000 non-dilutive grant to help these founders start and grow their own business.
NEW YORK, NY (February 15, 2022) – Future Founders and the AB InBev Foundation today announced the launch of the Early Entrepreneur Bootcamp.
A six-month program focused on supporting founders from underrepresented populations, the Early Entrepreneur Bootcamp will guide early-stage entrepreneurs as they navigate the journey of launching their own business. Participation in the program will be 100% virtual, and built on a framework of live skill-development workshops covering topics ranging from design thinking and customer discovery, to leadership, communication, and pitching. Founders who successfully complete the attendance and participation requirements of the Early Entrepreneur Bootcamp will also receive a $5,000 non-dilutive grant to help kickstart their business.
“The Foundation is determined to empower change-makers in communities around the world to catalyze sustainable social impact, ” said Sam Stephens, Executive Director, AB InBev Foundation. “This early entrepreneur bootcamp is a practical step towards that goal.”
“Strong partnership with communities is always a critical pillar in all our work,” said Tom Achoki, Senior Director of Strategy and Impact, AB InBev Foundation. “Through this program we seek to support and empower early stage entrepreneurs from underrepresented populations to actively participate in business creation and contribute to the well-being of their local communities.”
In addition to the tactical skill-development workshops, founders in the Early Entrepreneur Bootcamp will also participate in regular peer group meetings with fellow cohort members. Modeled after Future Founders’ years of experience running community-driven accelerator programs for 18 to 30-year-old founders, these peer group meetings will help participants in the Early Entrepreneur Bootcamp develop a supportive network of like-minded individuals, which is often cited by accomplished entrepreneurs as the key to their success.
“Community fuels entrepreneurship, and is at the core of every program we offer to young founders,” said Scott Issen, President & CEO of Future Founders. “We are thrilled to work alongside the AB InBev Foundation to build another community-driven program to support underrepresented founders, and help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs.”
Applications for the Early Entrepreneur Bootcamp close on March 16, 2022 at 11:59PM ET. Each application will be reviewed by a selection panel, and all applicants will receive a response with a decision by March 31, 2022. There is no fee to participate in this program and no equity will be taken from participating companies. All candidates for this program must be either a U.S. citizen located in the United States or a permanent resident located in the United States.
To learn more and apply for the Early Entrepreneur Bootcamp, visit the official application page here.