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cewas is a Swiss-based competence centre linking sustainable water, sanitation and resource management with business development. cewas is a non-profit association managed by seecon international offering professional training, coaching, networking and consulting to bring sustainable business ideas into reality.


  • Save the Date: The 1st Swiss Water and Climate Forum in 2021

    cewas is happy to present the Swiss Water and Climate Forum: The Forum is a Platform for tackling global challenges on a regional level and creating a water and climate smart future. The event is open to innovators, pioneers and change makers from public and private sector as well as from research and civil society. […]
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  • cewas is looking for motivated entrepreneurs …

    cewas is still accepting applications for its annual start-up programme. Starting in August 2016, participants will be trained in sustainable sanitation, water and resource management as well as on business development. Participants create their business model and write a business plan according to the “Lean Start-Up” method. They will become part of the large cewas community […]
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  • Business Matchmaking Services in Sanitation, Water and Resource Management

    Are you looking for a business partner that matches your needs in entering new markets? seecon international gmbh launches exciting and novel opportunities in connecting businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs in the sanitation, water and resource management sector across borders. We help you to find the perfect match, connect with companies that have common business interests, […]
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  • cewas Start Up Programme

    cewas is looking for motivated entrepreneurs and accepting until June 15th, 2016, applications for its annual Start-up Programme. Starting in August 2016, participants will be trained in sustainable sanitation, water and resource management as well as in business development. Participants create their business model and write a business plan according to the “lean start-up” method. […]
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  • Wanted: Innovative ideas and business models!

    Cewas, in cooperation with Impact Hub, Swiss Water Partnership, Swiss Bluetec Bridge and euphoria, organizes the Call for Ideas 2016. Do you have an innovative idea that addresses the specific needs of low-income people in developing and emerging countries regarding sanitation, water and resource management? Are you looking for support and mentorship to further develop […]
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  • cewas Start-Up Programme: Last call for future water and sanitation entrepreneurs

    The application deadline for the cewas Start-Up Programme 2015 has passed, but there are still 2 places remaining. If you are interested in becoming your own boss and putting your business ideas into practice, hurry up with your application! The good thing about cewas: you don’t have to do it on your own! You are […]
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Sustainable Water Business with IntegrityWednesday, 15. April 2015 EXCO - Swiss booth
Meet the cewas Start-Ups!Wednesday, 26. August 2015 Stockholm World Water Week, Swiss booth, stand C1, Stockholm City Converence Centre
Water and international development cooperation: opportunities for start-ups?Friday, 16. October 2015
Writing a Winning Concept Note and Project ProposalFriday, 15. January 2016 to Saturday, 23. January 2016 Cewas

Thematic expertise

Integrated Water Resources Management

  • Watershed & land management (basin/local level, participatory/multi-stakeholder planning)
  • National/transboundary watershed management (incl. policy/institutional issues)
  • Water policy (processes at international & national levels)

Water for people

  • Legal and regulatory framework
  • Rural/ semi-urban water supply and sanitation
  • Urban water supply and sanitation
  • Human right to water and sanitation (include water quality, equity, accountability, etc.)
  • Sanitation technologies
  • Hygiene promotion and behavior changes
  • Operation and maintenance, monitoring (soft aspects)
  • Financing

Water for food

  • Irrigation techniques (e.g. efficiency of irrigation technologies)
  • Operation and maintenance of infrastructure (soft aspects)
  • Supply chains & commercialization

Water for other uses

  • Water processing
  • Corporate risks and opportunities (including water footprint, waterstewardship)

Water for nature

  • Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

Water and climate change

  • Modelling
  • Adaptation
  • Mitigation
  • Other

Geographic expertise

Contact Person

Michael Kropac - info@cewas.org


  • Integrity Management Kenya

    Corruption hinders development in the water and sanitation sector on a big scale. While there are many initiatives addressing the “demand side” of corruption, little is done to tackle the problem from the “supply side”. Integrity Management in companies presents the opportunity to respond to the increasing awareness of sustainability and legal compliance in a […]
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  • Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management (SSWM) Toolbox

    The free online SSWM Toolbox is a new educational software application that can answer (almost) all questions on the topic of sustainable water and wastewater management. It incorporates all aspects of the water cycle, and shows the links to the nutrient cycle. Human activity is central to these interconnections. The SSWM Toolbox was designed under […]
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  • cewas Start-Up programme

    cewas is the international Training Centre for start-ups in the water, sanitation and resource management based in Willisau (Switzerland). The third cewas Start-Up programme is directed at graduates who want to start their own business in the emerging water sector. Within the one-year training programme which will be commencing in September 2013, young entrepreneurs-to-be are […]
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