• Event Overview

    Date: 27 August, 2014 (Wednesday)


    Venue: 2nd Floor Theatrette, CREATE Tower, 1 CREATE Way (NUS-University Town), Singapore 138602


    Entrepreneurial Solutions for Basic Infrastructure for BoP Communities

    Households at the so-called Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) devote a large share of their expenditures to often harmful and unreliable energy and more than 1.5 billion people are not connected to the electricity grid. Another part of the poverty trap is a lack of access to affordable, reliable and clean energy sources. How do we structure business models which provides for the needs of the BoP community? How could it be socially equitable and environmentally sustainable, besides generating profit for the investor? How does technology play a role? Willi Lars will share his experience in this underserved and promising area.

    Safe drinking water is not only a basic human need, but a necessary precondition for economic and social development. Today, more than 1 billion people lack sustainable access to safe drinking water and approximately 1.8 million, predominantly children under 5 years of age in developing countries, die each year as a result of water-borne diseases.

    Speaker Profile

    Mr Willi Lars is CEO of Trunz Water Systems AG. Besides setting up distribution channels to new geographical markets such as Asia and Africa, Lars develops and enforces of new business models like Performance Contracting, PPP-Models and Watershops, by forging collaborations with government, emergency response units, schools, hospitals and private sector. Lars has long experience in industrial ultrasonic technology, before moving to the water treatment industry. Lars graduated with Lic.oec. HSG (MBA) from University of St. Gallen, where he played a key role in the organization of the international St. Gallen Symposium in 2000 and 2002.

    Trunz Water Systems AG is a market leader for decentralized drinking water solutions powered by renewable energy and finalist in the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) Later Stage Awards in 2011. There are over 800 Trunz Water Systems in operation in over 30 countries, touching the lives of millions of people living in deep remote locations. With a network of off-grid water & energy hubs as the core, Trunz’s NEXUS Center’s modular approach envisions a one-stop retail and infrastructure facility that aggregates community members, helps to promote local development and creates employment opportunities.



    1600       Registration

    1630       Welcome by Dr. Remo Burkhard, Managing Director, Singapore-ETH Centre

    1635       Opening by Mr. Sunny Chin, President of Singapore High Technology Association (SHTA)

    1645       Keynote Address - Mr. Willi Lars, CEO,Trunz Water

    1720       Panel discussion moderated by Mr. Patrick Chan, Co-Founder, Cleantech Marketplace Forum and Managing Director, VisionEdge Technologies

    • Mr. Willi Lars, CEO,Trunz Water
    • Mr. Shantanu Barua, Director, Bright Green Foundation; Managing Director, Bright Renewables Ltd, Bangladesh

    1800       End



    The talk is jointly presented by Cleantech Marketplace Forum (CTMF) and Singapore HIgh Technology Association (SHTA).

    The venue is kindly supported by Future Cities Laboratory of Singapore-ETH Centre.



    1) Attendance at the talk is complimentary for the members of Cleantech Marketplace Forum (CTMF) and Singapore High Technology Association (SHTA) as well as other supporting partners.

    2) Non-members are required to pay a registration fee of S$30.

    3) Due to limited seats available, confirmation of registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.

    4) Pre-registration together with a confirmation email from organizer is required to participate.

    5) No withdrawal upon registration but a replacement is allowed. We regret that no refund will be made for cancellation or non-attendance.



    For any further enquiries and assistance, please contact Mr. KY Liew at kyliew@visionedge.biz or call (65) 6777-8971.

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