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Summer School RRR 2020

Online Summer School

Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) Entrepreneurship

04. September – 12. September 2020


Call for Applications 2020

The target group for the online summer school ‘Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) Entrepreneurship’ is

  • Engineering students in need of more business knowledge
  • Business students interested in opportunities in the waste and sanitation sectors
  • Resources Management students in need of skills towards entrepreneurship
  • PhD students of related fields



The Graduate Engineering School for Research (GESR), Faculty of Engineering (FoEng) and Ain Shams University (ASU) together with the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at TH Köln invite students to apply for the attendance of a one-week online summer school taking place from 4. – 12. September 2020. 

Resources Reuse and Recovery Approach

Humans generate millions of tons of waste every day. This waste is rich in water, nutrients, energy, and organic compounds. Yet waste is often not managed in a way that permits to derive value from its reuse. At the same time millions of farmers struggle with depleted soils and lack of water. Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) can create livelihoods, enhance food security, support green economies, reduce waste and contribute to cost recovery in the sanitation chain.

While many RRR projects fully depend on subsidies and hardly survive their pilot phase, hopeful signs of viable approaches to RRR are emerging around the globe including in low- and middle-income countries. These enterprises or projects are tapping into entrepreneurial initiatives and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), leveraging private capital to help realize commercial or social value, shifting the focus from treatment for waste disposal to treatment of waste as a valuable resource for safe reuse.

The 2020 online Summer School ‘Resource Recovery and Reuse Entrepreneurship’ will enable engineering and business students to:

  • identify business opportunities for resource recovery and reuse across the waste and sanitation sectors,
  • develop a RRR business model, and
  • study the feasibility of RRR business models by analysing the business environment and its components like waste supply, market demand and competition, define your market position, blueprint your production process and the required technology and production inputs.

The course was developed by researchers at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and business development experts at cewas (coaching entrepreneurs in water and sanitation). The modules draw on innovative business models examples from the IWMI publication Resource Recovery from Waste. Business Models for Energy, Nutrient and Water Reuse in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. The rich compendium of business options for energy, nutrients and water recovery is based on an in-depth analysis of over 70 empirical cases, of which 47 from around the world are described and evaluated in a systematic way in the publication. The focus is on organic municipal, agro-industrial and food waste, wastewater and faecal sludge, supporting a diverse range of business models with potential for large-scale out- and up-scaling.


Benefits for students

This offer is ideal for students both of engineering and business schools who wish to expand their knowledge in business for energy, nutrients and water recovery. It gives students insight into waste to resources streams, financially viable RRR business models, important aspects of the business environment, and market positioning of RRR business models.

The online course uses a combination of virtual lectures, in-class exercises, self-study, case-based group works and exchanges with start-ups and established RRR businesses. The modules summarize state of the art research and knowledge on RRR business development. The exercises have the purpose to facilitate hands-on learning by the students. The online course comprises four modules:

  • Module 1: This module introduces the importance of market-based RRR solutions. At the end of this module students have identified key challenges in their local sanitation and waste management system and a RRR-related business idea.
  • Module 2: This module sheds light on the importance of studying the business environment and its components like waste supply, market demand and competition. At the end of this module students have gained insights to evaluating the potential of their business idea.
  • Module 3: This module shows how a business idea can be turned into a business model while putting a specific focus on understanding the customer and designing products that meet their needs. At the end of this module students will have developed a business model and positioned their offer in the market.
  • Module 4: This module focusses on the operations of a RRR related business. At the end of this module students will have blueprinted the production process and the required technology and production inputs.

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