The international SEED Awards help accelerate the work of social and environmental entrepreneurs – providing a tailor-made support package to the most promising start-up enterprises in emerging economies, developing and least developed countries.
SEED Award winners receive expert advice on developing their business plans, take part in specially-designed workshops to enhance their skills, and benefit from high-level profiling of their enterprises through an international network of businesses, governments and development institutions.
Photo: 2011 SEED Winner KICK Kenya
Support for entrepreneurship and building a talent pipeline in Africa was one of the topics discussed at the recent World Economic Forum meeting on Africa.
In scaling up and replicating their activities, these entrepreneurs contribute to making the green economy a reality at the grassroots level. They generate employment and new livelihoods, train local communities, and use natural resources in a sustainable manner.
This year there are several categories of awards, for which SEED receives support from the European Union, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the government of Flanders, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the international law firm Hogan Lovells.
For the 2013 cycle, SEED will make available up to:
- 15 SEED Awards to enterprises in Ethiopia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda;
- 5 SEED Awards for enterprises in South Africa;
- 3 SEED Awards for South African enterprises in the provinces of Free State, Limpopo and KwaZulu Natal;
- 10 SEED Low Carbon Awards for enterprises in Colombia, India, Tanzania, Uganda and Viet Nam;
- 2 SEED Gender Equality Awards, for enterprises in other countries (except countries that are OECD or EU members).
Photo: 2011 SEED Winner Everpix South Africa
Previous SEED Award Winners include enterprises that transformed groundnut shells into fuel briquettes in The Gambia; developed solar ovens in Burkina Faso; trained and employed street youth to collect waste materials in Ghana, which they then transformed into handmade designer products; and employed women to produce aloe-based skin care products in Kenya.
The deadline for applications for the 2013 SEED Award is 12 June 2013.