About the SEED Awards

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 eco-inclusive 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 eco-inclusive enterprise?

Call for Applications for the 2016 SEED Awards in India closed on 30 September 2016

2016 SEED Awards in India

Two SEED Awards will be made available for eco-inclusive enterprises in India. More specifically, for the 2016 SEED Awards in India, SEED is looking for the most promising, innovative and locally-led small and growing eco-inclusive enterprises in India that are active in the following two sectors:

Waste Management

Waste Management 

Does your eco-inclusive enterprise promote waste management for solid or organic waste, lifting waste pickers out of informality and reducing pressure on landfills?


Green ICT

Does your eco-inclusive enterprise demonstrate social & environmental impacts through application of information and communications technology? Or does it provide solutions for sustainable consumption or production using information and communications technology?

2016 SEED Awards in India - What do enterprises win?

SEED Awards Prize for Finalists

Stakeholder Dialouge Stakeholder Dialogue: Out of all applications received, a cohort of ten shortlisted enterprises – the finalists – will be invited to present their inspiring eco-inclusive enterprises during a stakeholder dialogue forum organised by GIZ in November 2016.


SEED Awards Prize for Winners

Out of the ten finalists two SEED Award Winners will be chosen, who will receive a package of tailored support services consisting of: 

Icon Tools 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. 
Icon Tools 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.
Icon Profiling Profiling: SEED Winners are profiled nationally, regionally and internationally through SEED and other high-level events.
Icon Networking Network Building: SEED facilitates contacts between its winning enterprises and support organisations, funders, policy-makers, other enterprises such as SEED Alumni, GIZ network, and SEED Partners and Associates.


The deadline for applications was on 30 September 2016, 23:59 Indian Standard Time (IST). 

Further details about the 2016 SEED Awards in India

        Supported by:                                                                 On behalf of:

GIZ Full  BMUB Full 

                                                                                                       of the Federal Republic of Germany

The two 2016 SEED Awards in India are funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and implemented in cooperation with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

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