SEED Awards 2019: Identifying Innovative and Promising Start-Up Eco-Inclusive Enterprises

Deadline: 2 April 2019

Is your start-up enterprise innovative, locally driven, and eco-inclusive? Is your enterprise making significant contributions to inclusive climate change mitigation and/or adaptation? Does your enterprise aim to replicate business activities in another region or country? If yes, then apply for the SEED Awards to take your enterprise to the next level.

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The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to identify the most innovative and promising locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in developing and emerging economies.

Up to 66 prize packages will be awarded to locally-driven and early-stage enterprises, which leverage their innovative business solutions to solve social and environmental challenges across Africa and Asia. Each year, multiple award categories are offered, ranging from country- or region-specific awards to SEED Low Carbon Award Winners and SEED Gender Equality Award Winners.

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SEED Award Winners and Finalists are eligible for participation in our Accelerator and Catalyser programmes, respectively. Our Catalyser and Accelerator support high-achieving enterprises to scale up and optimise their eco-inclusive impacts.

What does the SEED Award Prize offer?

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As a SEED Award Winner, applicants will receive a customized SEED Support Package, which includes the tools and guidance required for their enterprise to emerge from the start-up stage and effectively scale-up the positive environmental, social and economic benefits which they deliver to their target markets. In addition, SEED Award Winners and Finalists will also receive the following:

  1. Grants: SEED will provide non-reimbursable grant funding for up to 50% of the total investment for the selected enterprises. The funding varies across award categories.
  2. Replication Support: For enterprises ready and willing to replicate their business activities in another region or country a dedicated replication support package will prepare them in getting ready for the next steps of replication.
  3. Tools: Self-help tools that enable enterprises to prioritize and address their most urgent needs, for example conducting market analysis, developing a funding strategy , mapping stakeholder relationships and measuring impact.
  4. Profiling: SEED Winners and Finalists are profiled nationally and regionally through a high-level Awards Ceremony as well as internationally through SEED marketing and promotional activities such as our website, blog, social media and on-ground events.
  5. Network Building: SEED facilitates connections with valuable contacts to support organisations, such as funders, policy-makers, SEED Alumni, other SMEs, as well as SEED Partners and Associates.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are eligible to apply for the SEED Awards 2019 if their enterprise:

  • demonstrates entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • delivers economic, social and environmental benefits;
  • has the intention and potential to become financially sustainable;
  • is a partnership between different stakeholder groups;
  • is locally driven or locally led;
  • has potential for scale-up;
  • has potential for significant replication;
  • is in the early stages of implementation; and
  • meets the country specific requirements set out above.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

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  • Avatar Fonmbi shella ting says:

    I thing that is a very good idea
    And please am no seeing where to apply

    • Avatar Komal says:

      Hi Fonmbi shella ting,

      For more information on eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link given on the last line of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar G. Ahasuerus Anderson says:

    This is a worthwhile endeavor that connects humanity, businesses and our planet. I am greatly interesting and will get my application out there! I also encourage other likeminded individuals to do the same!

  • Avatar Francis Chibwe says:

    This is interesting and this is the type of encouragement my Academia Internacional de Gestao e Contabilidade requires. It is rural and community based profissional a me my technical school for targetting the youth and women for entrepreneurship and empregability. It concentrates business, Accountancy, Public Health and Environmental issues such as resources degradation and conservation as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy projects.

  • Avatar Francis Chibwe says:

    Very interwsting indeed. I will apply.

    • Avatar Komal says:

      Hi Francis Chibwe,

      Thank you for your interest in the opportunity.

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Aniekan Etudor says:

    Awesome opportunity for starters. Encouraging for young inventors. I hope to be a part of it.

  • Avatar Paul Talu Aipe says:

    This is a worthy endeavor that connects humanity, businesses and our planet. I come from Papua New Guinea and my country shares border with Indonesia. I would like to apply for our community cooperative integrated project covering Reforestation, Wildlife sanctuary, production & provision of Clean Energy via a micro hydro power plant for electricity empowering and improving community food production through use of new & better farming Technics & Technologies. Does our country – Papua New Guinea qualify as a participating country. Please confirm asap.

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Paul Talu Aipe,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

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