Green Accelerator Middle East: scaling environmental enterprises and impact


Green Accelerator - Middle East launches with eleven innovative businesses and strategic partnerships

In May 2021, the first regional Green Accelerator – Middle East (GA-ME) has launched with 11 innovative businesses across the water, sanitation, waste, food and health sectors.

The accelerator leads these impactful companies to investment readiness and scaling of sustainable business models and is implemented by cewas in collaboration with impact investors and partners that accompany the environmental entrepreneurs from the start. GA-ME core partners are the Islamic Development Bank, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, UNDP, Palestine Investment Fund and Arcenciel. The Asfari Foundation provides technical assistance as collaboration partners.

All green enterprises participating in GA-ME offer innovative solutions tackling agricultural, water, sanitation, hygiene, waste or health sector challenges in one or more target countries, namely Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. The enterprises were selected based on criteria to maximise environmental and social impact, given their dedicated and solution-oriented teams, their market-based and scalable business, revenue and impact models, a proven product/service and existing customer base with recurring sales.

The GreenAccelerator Middle East will support these high potential enterprises to expand their market and impact growth through tailored training and coaching for investment readiness, establishing relationships with tailored networks of sector experts, partners, clients, and investors and building tangible references of their operational capacity through the strategic business development projects.

The following businesses are being supported:

  • BIOwayste is a decentralised household-scale system that allows the conversion of organic waste such as food waste into biogas and bio-fertiliser. It offers a green and effective approach to benefit from food waste, while increasing sustainability and reducing socio-economic and environmental impact. A user friendly, low cost and low-tech system that does not need electricity, BIOwayste will minimise the percentage of food wasted leading to a reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions to up to 40% annually.
  • CubeX SAL is a social enterprise specialised in resource-oriented wastewater management in rural, suburban areas and informal settlements with the mission to prevent septic sludge from ending up in waterways through reducing its accumulation and recovering it in a solid state to feed into a composting value chain. Decantra is a mobile servicing technology that aims to reduce transportation costs and open disposal of wastewater from septic systems by processing the wastewater on-site and collecting the solids for integration into a composting operation.
  • Decapolis is a Jordan-based leader in Food Safety and Quality traceability, provides a platform for ensuring the safety and quality of food for food producers, auditors, and regulatory agencies worldwide. Decapolis aims to enable food producers to provide premium goods for which the end-to-end supply and production chains comply with safety and quality control standards. Through data, a brand stamp on producer goods, Decapolis enables even smallholder farmers to produce in-demand, higher-quality crops and access new markets through a tiered Monthly Subscription platform.  
  • Flowless helps water service providers to improve water supply efficiency by minimising losses. The system uses smart devices to collect real-time data to monitor and control water networks and provide insights for process automation and faults detection. Based on this data, the company provides interpretations and analytics for more reliable and safe water provision to thousands of water users while preserving water resources.
  • Greeners is a Palestinian startup, that uses CO2 emissions to create eco-friendly sustainable fertilisers through a patented formula, which helps in reducing the amount of air pollution and providers farmers with effective fertilisers that are safe for the soil, the water and most importantly to their health. Greeners provides fertilisers at lower prices compared to the market through farmer input suppliers with a margin of 50%.
  • Ground Vertical Farming offers greenhouse owners the possibility to optimise their agricultural production through maximising their planning space and minimising their costs. The smart solution focuses on vegetables, greenery and seedlings in greenhouses, offering higher yields, lower water and energy consumptions, less labor, all year round, irrespective of weather, with 24/7 real-time monitoring. The solution includes fully automated vertical panels, growing mediums, seeds and a main controller.
  • Lebanon Waste Management is a recycling facility that manages up to 100 tons of dry solid waste per month, including cardboard, paper, plastic, cans, electronics, and polystyrene (unique in Lebanon), along the whole chain of recycling collection, sorting and processing as well as organising eco-wedding packages and zero-waste events. The company is currently innovating to include a mobile app, and up-cycling of plastic/glass for tiles.
  • Mruna offers BiomWeb, an onsite nature-based wastewater treatment system that harnesses the power of nature combined with internet-connected devices to revolutionise access to sanitation. By leveraging newly accessible digital technologies, Mruna enabled an economical, practical, and environmentally sustainable system, that offers decision-making tools and analysis. Mruna imagines itself more than a wastewater equipment supply company, but as a water service provider and as a global Sustainable Network Infrastructure Planning consulting service that promotes urban resilience.
  • Nakhla is an agribusiness from Iraq specialised in a variety of care services for private, public and commercial palm tree cultivations, including pollination, vaccination, curving and covering, harvesting, fertilisation and disease control as well as cleaning the site after each operation in exchange for an annual subscription and a percentage of sales. Dates are processed and returned to the farmer for sale. Nakhla uses artificial intelligence data from the palm tree to ensure the best needs-based response.
  • Sennara  is an environmental and social enterprise that produces and installs rooftop hydroponic systems for families in underprivileged areas, such as Gaza Camp. In addition, Sennara provides trainings and coaching support for women, who are running the hydroponic rooftop farming activities and benefit from keeping a share of the revenues from selling the produce, with all sales channels provided by Sennara.
  • Solvillion provides engineering solutions in the field of water and wastewater. The decentralised wastewater treatment system (DWWS)is developed as an onsite system to recycle wastewater and reuse it for agriculture. The customised treatment system targets rural households, which do not have access to the sewer system. It is easy to maintain, low in energy consumption and needs less desludging.

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