SEED South Africa

2010 was the year of the first country pilot, in South Africa. SEED South Africa operates on exactly the same lines as the global SEED model:

Innovative start-up social and environmental enterprises in South Africa are identified through dedicated component of the global SEED Award competition. The winners are supported in scaling up and expanding their initiatives; winners as well as applicants are included in the SEED research. Their successes to date and the constraints they face are described in the SEED reports. These insights are available to South African policy- and decision-makers to facilitate a more enabling regulatory, financing, marketing and skills development framework which can stimulate the green economy at the grassroots.

SEED South Africa aims also to create a national community of successful social and environmental entrepreneurs, providing increased business opportunities for the entrepreneurs themselves and for the wider business community.

The pilot country scheme in South Africa falls under the larger, substantially EU funded, focus on Africa, which aims to support African countries in their efforts to refocus policies and investment in green economic sectors, such as renewable energies and energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture, forests, water and waste management, tourism, green construction and transport, and to enhance social and environmental entrepreneurship, strengthen local capacities, create green jobs and help to alleviate poverty.

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