What are the SEED Awards?
The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally-led start-up social and environmental enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies. The independent SEED International Jury of experts selects enterprises which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability while contributing to a greener economy.
Is your enterprise in a start-up phase and does it integrate social and
environmental benefits, solving pressing local issues?
Do you need support to help to establish and grow your enterprise?
SEED has opened the Call for Applications for the 2016 Switch Africa Green-SEED Awards, SEED Africa Awards and SEED Gender Equality Awards.
More information: SEED Awards 2016
Apply: 2016 SEED Awards – Apply by 21 March!
2016 SEED Awards – What do enterprises win?
No two enterprises are the same, either internally or as regards their operating environment. The SEED Catalyser offers each SEED Award Winner a customised support package consisting of tools, capacity building, profiling, network building, and financing, all tailored to their individual needs. Details of the four components of the SEED Catalyser are:
|Tools: self-help tools that help enterprises prioritise and address their most urgent needs, for instance by assisting with market analysis, developing a funding strategy, mapping stakeholder relationships, and developing Memoranda of Understanding with partners.
|Capacity Building: one-on-one advisory service that offers Winners assistance with their business and financial plan, including a 3-day in-country workshop, webinars and remote advisory through the SEED and In-Country Advisors.
|Profiling: SEED Winners are profiled nationally, regionally and internationally through a high-level SEED International Awards Ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya, with senior government and UN officials, development, support, and financial institutions as well as through marketing and promotional activities such as our website, blog and social media channels.
|Network Building: SEED facilitates contacts between its winning start-ups and support organisations, funders, policy-makers, other enterprises such as SEED Alumni, and SEED Partners and Associates.
The deadline for applications is 21 March 2016, 23:59 Central European Time (CET). On 28-29 September 2016 the 2016 SEED Winners will be profiled at the SEED Africa Symposium in Nairobi, Kenya. During 6 months, from July to December 2016, the SEED Winners receive specific business support based on their needs.