Practitioner Labs Policy Prototyping Malawi | Expanding community networks for climate-smart business development

Published: 21 October 2019
The cooperative-to-cooperative platform for climate-smart agriculture is a digital platform offering combined performance indexing, knowledge sharing, and matchmaking between cooperative unions and cooperatives across Malawi. The platform supports the further coordination of cooperatives and public sector initiatives in Malawi. Read more
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Leveraging eco-inclusive entrepreneurship for localised development solutions

Published: 21 October 2019
In a global context of commitments to sustainable development and the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, Malawi has set out ambitious agendas to increase resilience to climate change and move towards a green and inclusive economy. Translating these ambitious agendas into impact at the community level requires concerted efforts in the decentralisation of policy initiatives and capacity building of local actors. SMMEs play a key role in aligning local markets to national development goals, and can have a transformational impact on the achievement of these goals. Drawing on discussions from the SEED policy dialogue and labs process in Malawi, this policy brief presents recommendations to policy makers for leveraging the potential of SMMEs to transform the agriculture, waste, and clean energy sectors in Malawi, and across Southern Africa. Read more
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BDS+ Special Focus 5: Business Development Services+, not just for business people. Who else could benefit?

Published: 11 October 2019Authors: Linde Wolters, Sonya Ong
Often when we think about business development services, we think about consultants who help businesses grow and scale. We asked some of our past BDS ToT participants which other actors would benefit from BDS ToT and here is what they suggested. Read more
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BDS+ Special Focus 4: Networking & Partnerships - Possibilities at the SEED BDS+ ToTs

Published: 04 October 2019Authors: Linde Wolters, Sonya Ong
At SEED ToTs, participants – BDS consultants, incubators and accelerators – enjoy peer-learning and have the opportunity to network and build partnerships. When we asked several BDS ToT participants what their main takeaways were from the workshops, many mentioned the networking possibilities and new partnerships formed. Read more
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BDS+ Special Focus 3: BDS Providers & Challenges in the eco-system

Published: 27 September 2019Authors: Linde Wolters, Sonya Ong
BDS providers provide crucial help eco-inclusive, micro, small, and medium enterprises to overcome day to day challenges around fundraising, direction or finding talent. Are you a BDS provider? Read on to find out if you share similar challenges with others. Read more
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Public Showcase of Innovative Climate Finance and Policy Prototypes

Published: 26 September 2019
Join the SEED Scale-Up Lab on 29th October in South Africa, which includes a public showcase of innovative policy and climate finance prototypes. Read more
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Scale-Up Lab | SEED Practitioner Labs Policy Prototyping

Published: 23 September 2019
The final phases of the SEED Practitioner Labs Policy Prototyping programme in Malawi will begin with the Scale-Up lab on 23rd October 2019 at Umodzi Park in Lilongwe. Read more
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BDS+ Special Focus 2: Experiences & Takeaways from BDS+ ToT workshops

Published: 20 September 2019Authors: Linde Wolters, Sonya Ong
We caught up with a number of BDS providers from Ghana to Indonesia to see how BDS providers experienced the training. What were their biggest takeaways? Read more

Building healthier communities with Khainza Energy

Published: 18 September 2019Authors: Linde Wolters, Sonya Ong
“Khainza” is a reference to a small person with high energy and ability. It is also Arthur Woniala, the founder's, mother’s maiden name. Khainza Energy is committed to providing clean, safe, and affordable cooking fuel solutions to Ugandans. We caught up with Arthur to hear how SEED Support has helped change his business & what Khainza is up to these days.  Read more
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BDS+ Special Focus 1: SEED Tools & Enterprises’ Triple Bottom Line

Published: 13 September 2019Authors: Linde Wolters
Are you a business coach or do you work for an incubator or business support organisation in Asia or Africa? Here are three reasons to focus on the social and environmental impact of the start-ups you work with. Read more
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Special Focus: BDS+ Training of Trainers

Published: 11 September 2019Authors: Linde Wolters, Sonya Ong
BDS providers offer valuable support for SMEs, often behind the scenes. In this five-part special focus blog series, we caught up with a number of BDS providers from Ghana, Indonesia, India, Thailand, and Uganda. Read more
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Scale-Up Lab | SEED Practitioner Labs Climate Finance

Published: 11 September 2019
The Scale-Up Lab is the second highly collaborative Lab of the SEED Practitioner Labs Climate Finance programme in Ghana and includes a public showcase of co-created climate finance product prototypes. Read more
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Adidas, Orlando Pirates create EcoBricks for Mandela Day

Authors: BizCommunity Source: BizCommunity
Adidas and Orlando Pirates Football Club gave back on Mandela Day by learning about the importance of adopting sustainable practices and by creating EcoBricks using non-recyclable plastic waste, in partnership with SEED Award Winner EcoBrick Exchange. Read more

Coffee helps protect Uganda's endangered mountain gorillas

Authors: Deutsche Welle Source: Deutsche Welle
Gorilla Conservation Coffee is featured in this story by Deutsche Welle focusing on how coffee offers a more sustainable living for poor communities in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Read more

Ghanaian agri-tech startup Farmerline secures AfDB grant funding

Authors: Tom Jackson Source: Disrupt Africa
Ghanaian agri-tech startup Farmerline is set to receive grant funding from the African Development Bank’s $23 million Agriculture Fast Track Fund. Read more

Green The Map opens "Remakery India", a local upcycle space

Authors: Green The Map Source: Green The Map
After months of hard work Green The Map's team has successfully curated an upcycled space that we call the @indiaremakery where customers can borrow, batter and buy so that less of what we consume ends up in the landfill. The doors to Remakery India open to public on 14 September 2019. Read more

Sanedi signs contract with SolarTurtle to develop next-gen solar kiosks

Authors: Schalk Burger Source: Engineering News
The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi), the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and community empowerment solar photovoltaic (PV) product developer SolarTurtle have signed a contract to develop the next-generation SolarTurtle solar energy kiosk, called the BabyTurtle. Read more

SEED & Climate Smart Enterprises

Published: 11 August 2019
At SEED, the enterprises that we support pioneer business models based on environmental sustainability and the creation of responsible products, services and value chains. Read more
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SEED Malawi National Dialogue Forum 2019

Published: 30 July 2019
Bringing together around 100 entrepreneurs, policymakers, financial institutions, business development service providers and others to celebrate thejourneys of eco-inclusive enterprises and collaboratively mobilise support for building the capacities of
socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable entrepreneurship in Southern Africa Read more
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WASHKing runner-up wins €10,000 at Siemens Empowering People Award

Authors: Siemens Stiftung Source: Siemens Stiftung
2017 SAG-SEED Award Winner WASHKing who provides low-income and underserved communities with access to sanitation products at an affordable price has won runner-up place at the Empowering People Award by Siemens Stiftung. #epA2019 Read more
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EcoAct Tanzania wins at 2019 Le Monde Cities Urban Innovation Awards

Authors: Par Marion Douet Source: Le Monde
2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards winner EcoAct Tanzania wins "Habitat" award at the 2019 Le Monde Cities Urban Innovation Awards. The Awards was presented on June 28 in Paris, France. EcoAct recycles and transforms plastic waste into sustainable building materials as an alternative to wood with the aim to preserve forests and mitigate negative climate change effects. [Article in French] Read more
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Gorilla Conservation Coffee shortlisted for the 2019 Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa.

Authors: Tusk News Source: Tusk News
The Duke Of Cambridge Celebrates Tusk's Front-Line Conservation Heroes: Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka of Gorilla Conservation Coffee has been shortlisted for the 2019 Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa. Read more
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Daily Dump featured at VAM's Food: Bigger Than The Plate exhibition

Authors: Victoria and Albert Museum Source: Victoria and Albert Museum
SEED Low Carbon Award Winner 2018 Daily Dump (India) features their home-compost products at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London) exhibition on innovative individuals, communities and organisations who are radically re-inventing how we grow, distribute and experience food. The Exhibition is on now until Sunday, 20 October 2019. Read more
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Lighting up rural South Africa with SolarTurtle

Published: 21 June 2019Authors: Linde Wolters, Sonya Ong
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, James Van der Walt tell us how being on a ferry in Ireland and a monastery in New Zealand inspired the founding of his eco-inclusive business idea. These days, they’re busy with SANEDI working on developing Baby Turtles which would be smaller, cheaper versions of their original prototype. Read more
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From waste to wealth: the story of alternative fuel enterprise BioAfriq

Published: 20 June 2019Authors: Linde Wolters, Sonya Ong
We caught up with BioAfriq founders and SEED Starter alumni Doreen Achieng Ochieng-Ivisu and James Nyamai, the husband and wife who recently were selected to join the Kenya Acceleration Programme 2019 by CIC Kenya. Their story started when they realised the damage charcoal was doing to their country, where tree cover is at only 3%. In this catch-up, they talk about separating their private from their business life, the difficulty of changing farmer mindsets and why BioAfriq is here to stay. Read more
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