About the SDG Factory

The SDG Factory at Impact Hub Geneva is Accelerate2030’s flagship collaborative event in Geneva on the topic of entrepreneurship and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Under the umbrella of “Partnerships for the SDGs”, we bring together key players, innovators, and unlikely allies from international organisations, startups, corporates, academia, and the public sector to explore how we can successfully scale entrepreneurial solutions for a sustainable future.

At the centre of the discussion are the solutions brought forward by Accelerate2030 international ventures, selected among 300+ applications from 17 countries. In a series of hands-on and collaborative workshops, we facilitate dialogues on challenges and opportunities around innovation and entrepreneurship on different aspects of the SDGs. This year the SDG Factory will host 2 workshops on the topics of Water and Sanitation and Access to Healthcare.

See our 2017 SDG Factory Report to see what happened in 2017, as well as a snippet of what happened during the Accelerate2030 Scaling Week 2017.

Agenda of the Event

Date: Wednesday 24th October
Place: Impact Hub Geneva – 1 Rue Fendt, 1201 Genève

13h15: Doors Open and Registration

14h00 – 16h00: Joint Session: “Nurturing ecosystems for scaling entrepreneurial solutions for the SDGs”

[14h00] Welcoming Remarks

  • Alexandra “Santu” Boëthius | Co-Founder, Impact Hub Geneva-Lausanne (Accelerate2030)
  • Olivier Coutau | Delegate to International Geneva, Canton of Geneva

[14h20] Accelerate2030 Pitches

Presentations from five Accelerate2030 international ventures from emerging economies that already have proven solutions and impact on the SDGs. Following their participation at the UNDP Social Good Summit Geneva, entrepreneurs will bring their impact stories to the Swiss ecosystem to jointly discuss major trends and challenges in scaling entrepreneurial solutions for the SDGs and exploring the needed ecosystems for scaling promising social innovation.

  • Francis Obirikorang | CEO and Co-founder, Agrocenta (Ghana) – Link website
  • Diana Quintero | CEO and Co-founder, BIVE (Colombia)
  • Guilherme Lichand | Co-founder, MGov (Brazil)
  • Raphael Petit | CEO and Co-founder, Rainbow Ecosystem (Ukraine)
  • Rachel Sklar | CEO and Co-founder, Pit Vidura (Rwanda)
  • James Steere | Co-founder, i-Drop Water (South Africa)

[15h00] Panel Discussion: “Nurturing ecosystems for scaling entrepreneurial solutions for the SDGs”

The panel will explore the challenges and opportunities around the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in advancing the 2030 Agenda.

  • Robert Skidmore, Chief of Sector and Enterprise Competitiveness, International Trade Centre
  • Cinthya Ramirez, Director, Global Institutions, Pfizer
  • Kali Taylor, UNOG Geneva

[15h30] Coffee and Networking


16h00: Break-out Workshops
In a highly collaborative, multi-stakeholder format we tackle challenges related to the topics of the 2 break-out workshops. Participants of each workshop will come up with solutions or recommendations in tackling key challenges related to the topic. At the centre of the discussion, we are having entrepreneurial examples from the Accelerate2030 program, who have been selected among 300+ applications from 17 countries. See profiles of Accelerate2030 entrepreneurs below

Break-out Workshop 1: Water and Sanitation  –  Co-designed with Waterpreneurs
Scaling viable solutions for water and sanitation to the bottom of the pyramid.”

  • Rachel Sklar, Co-founder of Pit Vidura (Rwanda), Accelerate2030 Venture
  • James Steere, Co-founder of i-Drop Water (South Africa), Accelerate2030 Venture
  • Managing Partners of Waterpreneurs

Break-out Workshop 2: Access to Healthcare
“How might we design new pathways of collaboration between private sector & social enterprise to provide access to healthcare for the bottom of the pyramid/underserved populations?

  • Frederique Santerre, Global Head, Access to Health, Merck
  • Rudy Sangha, Pfizer IDM Healthcare Hub Regional Manager
  • Diana Quintero, CEO and Co-founder of BIVE (Colombia), Accelerate2030 venture
  • Asher Hasan, CEO and Founder, doctHERs

17h30: Closing remarks followed by Networking Apéro



Register to the SDG Factory

Please register on eventbrite using the button below. Please Note: Workshops are now full, however there are still tickets left for the Joint session (2pm – 4pm). If still interested in the workshops, please let us know in the registration form on eventbrite and we will add you to the waitlist.

Meet the Participating Accelerate2030 Finalist Ventures

Five Accelerate2030 international ventures with proven solutions in tackling the SDGs have been selected from a pool of 300+ applicants from 17 different emerging economies to participate in the A2030 Geneva Scaling Week that will support them in scaling their venture and impact. Following their participation at the UNDP Social Good Summit Geneva, these entrepreneurs will bring their impact stories to the Swiss ecosystem at the SDG Factory to jointly discuss major trends and challenges in scaling entrepreneurial solutions for the SDGs and exploring the needed ecosystems for scaling promising social innovation.




AgroCenta is a web and mobile platform that connects all the stakeholders in the agro industry from producers, suppliers, transporters, sellers and consumers under one umbrella for effective trading.




Bive is a social business that facilitates access to quick, high quality and affordable healthcare services for low income families through low-cost memberships and partnerships with health providers.




MGov offers a communication product powered by artificial intelligence for engaging citizens through communication, with a focus on social development. Over 750,000 people have directly benefited to date.




Pit Vidura is a solution to cleaning up fast growing cities and empowering communities with effective, safe, and legal waste management practices, keeping drinking water sources uncontaminated.




Rainbow Ecosystem is an engineering company, and a manufacturer of ecological panels/blocks for building energy-saving houses using a 100% carbon neutral manufacturing process.

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