SEED News showcases ongoing achievements in eco-inclusive entrepreneurship, shares experiences from SEED on the global stage at high-level events, provides updates on organisational developments and more. We also feature news from SEED Partners and other leading voices in the field of entrepreneurship for sustainable development.

Spotlight on SEED Award Winners: The BIMG Beacon Projects Report 2024 showcases SEED Award Winner and Runner-up Enterprises

Published: 29 February 2024Authors: Daniela Tonelli
The BIMG Beacon Projects Report 2024 highlights the pioneering efforts of SEED Award Winner and Runner-up Enterprises in tackling environmental and social challenges while driving business innovation. From Zambia's forest-conserving honey production to Indonesia's mycelium-based leather substitute, these enterprises exemplify the transformative power of sustainable business models in addressing global issues. Read more

SEED Announces Green Entrepreneurship Awards Call For Applications in Morocco

Published: 15 February 2024
SEED is now accepting applications for the Green Entrepreneurship Awards. Funded by the Government of Flanders, the Awards are part of a joint initiative to promote entrepreneurship for sustainable development Read more

Insights from the case Studies in Uganda and South Africa

Published: 05 February 2024
At SEED, our commitment to fostering the transition to a circular economy is unwavering, and we firmly believe that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) can be instrumental game-changers in this transformative journey. Recognising their potential to curtail carbon emissions, manage waste efficiently, and contribute to community education, we are excited to unveil a compelling series of case study videos focusing on four exemplary circular enterprises in Uganda and South Africa. Read more

SEED: 2023 Highlights

Published: 20 December 2023
We have been hard at work supporting SMEs and promoting their crucial role in advancing sustainable and eco-friendly future, as well as fostering the transition to a circular economy. We are delighted to share some of our most meaningful achievements and activities, as we reflect on the passing year. Read more

SEED at COP28: Advocating for the role of SMEs

Published: 19 December 2023
SEED has been very active at COP28, organising 3 events, co-organising a 4th one, and contributing as to the panel of 4 other events. All had a common aim: advocating for the pivotal role of SMEs as gamechangers in the transition to circular and low-carbon economies. Read more

SEED participates in various COP28 events

Published: 23 November 2023
SEED will be organising three side events and co-organising a 4th one at COP28 in collaboration with strategic partners to advocate for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their role in the transition to circular and low carbon economies. Read more

SEED participates at the World Investment Forum 2023

Published: 02 November 2023
SEED contributed to two sessions on circular economy and agri-food systems during the World Investment Forum, organised by UNCTAD on the 16-20th of October in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The sessions created a platform to showcase some of the best practices and discuss possible challenges and solutions that face entrepreneurs in these fields. Read more

Spotlight on Circular Innovation: SMEs Leading the Way at WRF23 Side Event

Published: 05 October 2023
As part of the World Resources Forum 2023, SEED and the Circular Economy Catalyst, hosted by adelphi, organised a side event that put the spotlight on successful circular business models from small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Read more

Successful Eco-Inclusive SMEs from Ghana and Thailand Share Their SEED-Supported Journey

Published: 30 August 2023
At SEED, we strongly believe in the potential of local green SMEs and that their success can serve as a cornerstone for reducing carbon emissions and transitioning towards a more eco-inclusive future. SEED has been supporting numerous enterprises in Thailand and Ghana by facilitating their growth and contributions to sustainability. We are happy to present some of their successful stories that showcase our activities in Thailand and Ghana, featured in our #ThaiGreenSMEs and #GhanaGreenSMEs social media campaigns. Read more

First SEED TVET Training of Trainers

Published: 29 August 2023
Last month, we piloted the first SEED TVET Training of Trainers on Eco-Inclusive and Climate Change Adaptation Entrepreneurship at Linde Hotel in Mponela, Malawi. Read more

Jobs Redesigned: Exploring Circular Economy Solutions in the Private Sector

Published: 29 August 2023Authors: Paula Cros Marchena
SEED and the Circular Economy Catalyst, hosted by adelphi, are organising a side event as part of the World Resources Forum 2023 Read more

Crispin Rapinet

Published: 20 July 2023
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Crispin Rapinet. His support as member and as Chair of the SEED Board has been tremendous. We will miss his leadership, advice and his wonderful sense of humour very much. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family. Read more

Agrifood Transformation for the SDGs: Innovations and SMEs as the gamechangers

Published: 19 July 2023
SEED and FAO will host a Side Event at UN Food Systems Summit +2, on Wednesday, 26 July, in Rome, Italy and online. The side-event considers countries' pathways and different realities by showcasing and exchanging various bottom-up solutions and innovations that can support ongoing sectoral policies, national food systems strategies and voluntary national reviews in the context of the 2030 agenda. Read more

SEED Announces Winners of the 2023 Green Entrepreneurship Awards under Climate Adaptation

Published: 13 July 2023
Today, adelphi and Flanders announced the winners of the Green Entrepreneurship Awards 2023 under the Climate Adaptation category by SEED. The awards scheme, a flagship event of adelphi’s Green Entrepreneurship programme, aims to recognise and celebrate the most innovative and promising eco-inclusive and circular enterprises in developing and emerging economies. Read more

Eco-Inclusive SMEs facilitating transformative change for Nature, Climate, Circular- and Agrifood-Systems delivering towards the SDGs

Published: 26 June 2023
Join our side event to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development organized by the Government of Flanders and SEED, in collaboration with Germany, UNEP, UNDP, FAO, WFTO and BioFA, at the Flanders House New York. Read more

Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation to host SEED India Hub

Published: 14 June 2023
India is now a home to the third-largest startup ecosystem in the world. With the rise of digital technologies and an increasing number of young entrepreneurs over the past decade, the Indian startup ecosystem has come a long way. From April 2023 Ekonnect is hosting the SEED’s India Hub to scale the impacts of eco-inclusive enterprises. Read more

Driving Green Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Sustainable Development in Morocco

Published: 14 June 2023
SEED is gladly back to Morocco with a new project, aiming to strengthen innovation and job creation to further promote and deliver sustainable and inclusive economy, through enhanced green entrepreneurship. Moroccan entrepreneurs are invited to take part in the SEED Replicator Programme, which offers a unique opportunity for incubation and personalised tailored support. Read more

SEED celebrates 20 years of promoting entrepreneurship

Published: 15 May 2023
2022 is a special year for SEED, not only celebrating 20 years but also drawing lessons from activities and various projects, initiating new collaborations while looking forward to 2023 and beyond, being better informed and equipped to contribute to urgent transformative change with and through SMEs. The 2022 Annual Report highlights SEED activities and achievements in terms of enterprise support, ecosystem building and advocacy. Read more

SEED: 20 years of promoting entrepreneurship for sustainable development in Zambia and launch of the Biodiversity Finance Accelerator

Published: 04 May 2023
For over 20 years now, SEED has been supporting eco-inclusive enterprises across more than 30 countries. Eco-inclusive MSMEs provide market-based solutions to social and environmental problems. These enterprises create lasting collective impacts across their value chains, serving the communities at the base of the pyramid and promoting the inclusion of disadvantaged groups, while tackling environmental issues. Read more

Supporting Malawi

Published: 27 March 2023
By now many of you may have read about the devastating “record-breaking” longest-lasting tropical cyclone that has caused extensive damage, taking lives, leaving many families without shelter, food, and water in Southern Africa. The situation is critical and highlights the extreme urgencies of loss and damage caused by climate change especially to the global south, widening already existing inequalities. As partners working closely with these communities in Malawi, we would like to call for your support for them in their efforts to rebuild. Read more

SDG Agrifood Accelerator Programme by FAO and SEED

Published: 15 February 2023
FAO and SEED have identified twelve Agrifood Innovators from SEED's portfolio of 358 enterprises for the first rendition of the SDG Agrifood Accelerator Programme. The Programme supports the selected innovators' pathway to scale up and links them with partners to strengthen their market development and innovation trajectories. Read more

SEED Launch Event in Morocco

Published: 09 February 2023
SEED is honoured to welcome Julie Bynens, Secretary General, Flanders Department of Chancellery and Foreign Affairs, in Casablanca to celebrate the launch of the project. Over the next months, upcoming activities include Training for Trainers workshops for Business Development Service Providers, a Green SME Finance Academy for financial institutions and SEED Replicator & SEED Starter workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs. Read more

Climate Adaptation Awards in Botswana, Malawi and Zambia

Published: 01 February 2023Authors: Paula Cros Marchena
SEED is now accepting applications for the Climate Adaptation Awards in Botswana, Malawi, and Zambia. Funded by the Government of Flanders, the Awards are part of a joint initiative to promote entrepreneurship for sustainable development. Read more

Advocating for the role of eco-inclusive MSMEs

Published: 26 January 2023
With the aim to further promote eco-inclusive entrepreneurship and advocate for the role of the SMEs in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SEED has been invited to join and contribute to a few major events: United Nations Regional Consultation for the Arab Region & United Nations Regional 3R and Circular Economy Forum in Asia and the Pacific. Read more

4 years of promoting entrepreneurship for sustainable development in Indonesia

Published: 12 December 2022
As part of SEED’s 20 Years celebration globally, the SEED 20 Years Celebration were held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, to celebrate and reflect on SEED’s work in Indonesia. The event brought together stakeholders of SEED’s various programmes including beneficiary MSMEs, partners, and ecosystem players in the climate-smart entrepreneurship space. Read more