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 social and environmental 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.

Call for Applications for the 2016 Switch Africa Green-SEED Awards, SEED Africa Awards and SEED Gender Equality Awards closed on 31 March 2016 

2016 SEED Awards - The Award categories

This year up to 20 Awards will be available:

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SAG-SEED Awards 2016

Up to 15 SAG-SEED Awards supported by the SWITCH-Africa Green project, which is implemented by UNEP with the assistance of the European Union.

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SEED Africa Awards 2016

Up to 4 SEED Africa Awards supported by the Government of Flanders.

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SEED Gender Equality Award 2016

One SEED Gender Equality Award in Kenya.

2016 SEED Awards - What do enterprises win?

No two enterprises are the same, either internally or as regards their operating environment. The SEED Catalyser offers each SEED Award Winner a customised support package consisting of tools, capacity building, profiling, network building, and financing, all tailored to their individual needs. Details of the four components of the SEED Catalyser are:

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 a high-level SEED International Awards Ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya, with senior government and UN officials, development, support, and financial institutions as well as through marketing and promotional activities such as our website, blog and social media channels.
Icon Networking Network Building: SEED facilitates contacts between its winning start-ups and support organisations, funders, policy-makers, other enterprises such as SEED Alumni, and SEED Partners and Associates.

The call for application is closed on 31 March 2016. On 28-29 September 2016 the 2016 SEED Winners will be profiled at the SEED Africa Symposium in Nairobi, Kenya. During 6 months, from July to December 2016, the SEED Winners receive specific business support based on their needs.

Further details about the 2016 SEED Awards

Up to fifteen SAG-SEED Awards in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda are sponsored by the  SWITCH-Africa Green project, which is implemented by UNEP with the assistance of the European Union:

EUSwitch Africa GreenSWITCH-Africa Green is implemented by UNEP with the assistance of the European Union. The European Union is made up of 27 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.

Up to four SEED Africa Awards in Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia are sponsored by the  Government of Flanders:

Flanders3The Government of Flanders is active in Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa. It works not only with the local authorities, but also with indirect actors such as NGOs, research institutes and international organizations. In South Africa, the focus is on job creation through Small Enterprise Development, and improving food security through smallholder farming.

Additional support is provided by Hogan Lovells:

HL LogoHighResHogan Lovells is one of the largest international business legal practices, with over seven thousand people operating from 40 offices in Europe, Asia and the United States. The firm advises many of the world's largest corporations, financial institutions and government organisations. They regularly act on complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions and commercial disputes.

Additional support is provided by the  Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands:

RO EZ Logo 2 RGB pos en smallThe Ministry of Economic Affairs promotes the Netherlands as a country of enterprise with a strong international competitive position and an eye for sustainability. It is committed to creating an excellent entrepreneurial business climate, by creating the right conditions and giving entrepreneurs room to innovate and grow.

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