The 2016 SEED Awards are calling for eco-entrepreneurs from eligible African countries to submit nominations for their prestigious awards before 31 March 2016. Start-up enterprises in Africa that solve pressing local issues by integrating social and environmental benefits into their business models are encouraged to apply.
SEED is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy and its annual global awards scheme scouts for and supports the most promising innovative and locally-led social and environmental start-up enterprises in developing countries.
Winning enterprises will receive a tailor-made business support package. Over a period of 6 months, they will be offered expert advice on further developing their business plans, individual workshops targeted at their needs, high level profiling of their enterprises and access to an international network of businesses, governments and development institutions.
This year, the SEED Awards include up to:
- 15 Switch Africa Green-SEED Awards for enterprises in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa or Uganda. Supported by the SWITCH-Africa Green project, which is implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with the assistance of the European Union;
- 4 SEED Africa Awards for enterprises in Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia. Supported by the Government of Flanders;
- 1 SEED Gender Equality Award to an enterprise, run or owned by a woman or women, that prioritises women’s empowerment and is located in Kenya.
SEED Award Winners in 2015 included an enterprise in Ethiopia that manufactures solar products locally and makes them available to rural communities; a South African cooperative that finds new ways to collect and recycle waste in rural Limpopo; an enterprise that sells low cost organic fertilizer to improve yields and food security in Malawi; and an enterprise in Uganda that builds a network of solar technicians to repair, service and sell solar systems.