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Companies in Kenya continue to take lead in innovation and building focusing on The Sanergy Collaboration

The Sanergy Collaborative has been honored as one of the 16  semifinalists in the 2022 Urban Innovation Challenge by Utopia and the World Economic  Forum’s Urban Transformation Platform.

The challenge highlighted leading innovators across eight fast-growing cities in Asia, Africa,  and Latin America. The Sanergy Collaborative was recognized for its innovative 3 step  circular economy model – empowering cities to build systems for safely managed sanitation  in low income areas, delivery of professional waste management services and upcycling of  waste for manufacture of safe agricultural inputs and biofuels.

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Nearly all of the world’s urban growth is taking place in fast-growing cities across Asia, Africa,  and Latin America. Entrepreneurs are playing an increasingly important role in building  decentralized solutions to improve quality of living across all systems in their cities. With a  large percentage of the population living in urban areas, booming cities are experiencing  challenges of both inadequate housing and limited access to basic services such as safe  sanitation and waste management.

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The Sanergy Collaborative, through its two founding partners Fresh Life and Regen  Organics, inspires a sustainable, climate-smart circular economy revolution for today’s  booming cities in Kenya. Fresh Life provides high-quality, secure, and long-term non sewered sanitation solutions in difficult-to-reach, low-income urban communities, while  Regen Organics manufactures regenerative clean energy and agricultural inputs such as  organic fertilizers and insect based protein for animal feed through converting organic waste  collected in cities and their environs.

Sanergy Collaborative serves more than 200,000 urban  residents with safe sanitation, and guarantees that 100% of the waste removed is safely  managed. In addition, more than 10,000 farmers using its agricultural inputs see upwards of  30% increase in yields. Collectively, Sanergy Collaborative offsets nearly 50,000 tons of CO2  annually, mitigating climate change.

Utopia and the World Economic Forum’s Urban Transformation platform partnered on an  Urban Innovation Challenge to highlight the growth of startups that can improve the quality  of life for local residents and mitigate social and environmental challenges associated with  rapid urbanization. Participating cities included Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Lagos, Dhaka,  Jakarta, Kigali, Nairobi, and Rio de Janeiro.

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“We are honored to have emerged as one of the 16 semifinalists championing sustainable  solutions and building innovative approaches to improve the quality of lives. This recognition  is a reinforcement of our commitment to reimagine and address the sanitation gap while  addressing food security by building a prosperous, climate-smart agriculture sector through  a circular economy approach.

Through collaborations with governments, non-governmental  organizations and key industry partners, we will scale this model to create a thriving  ecosystem ultimately contributing to a more sustainable and regenerative world,”

David  Auerbach, The Sanergy Collaborative Co-Founder.

“Cities of the Majority World across Asia, Africa, and Latin America are the arenas where the  next era of humanity will be built. They’re where the vast majority of citizens will live and  where the most important decisions will be made about what our societies and our planet  becomes,” said Jonathan Hursh, Founding Partner of Utopia. 

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