How STeP Helps

STeP helps partners of the Gates Foundation by streamlining and removing the risk of technology development and commercialization. Bringing novel solutions to markets is complex and requires customized expertise to:

  • Develop strong business models
  • Field test in real world contexts
  • Identify and nurture partnerships

STeP Field Testing Flyer

STeP offers a holistic approach that addresses technical, market, and non-market factors in parallel. While testing technologies in the field, STeP incorporates user insights and market intelligence to inform design and business planning. In short, STeP ensures that its partners have the resources and data they need to develop and launch products.

STeP not only supports individual partners, but functions as a platform for the broader sanitation community, converting knowledge and insights gained through doing into resources, tools, and tips that can be used by others invested in testing and commercializing technologies.

Omni-Processor program
Developing low-cost approaches for processing fecal sludge and the combined processing of fecal sludge and solid waste.

Omni-Ingestors Program

Omni-Ingestors program
Supporting technologies that make servicing and maintenance of existing sanitation infrastructure easier and more affordable.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Water, Sanitation & Hygiene program fosters innovative approaches and technologies that can lead to radical and sustainable improvements in sanitation in the developing world. The foundation works with partners on models for governments, sanitation service providers and consumers. Visit the Innovation Center to learn more about the innovators and organizations funded by the Gates Foundation and the transformative technologies being developed.