SEED Practitioner Labs: Policy Prototyping

Innovating policy instruments that support eco-inclusive entrepreneurship for green and inclusive economies.

The SEED Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping (PLPP) bring together policy-makers, eco-inclusive enterprises and other relevant stakeholders (such as enterprise support organisations, networks, and  financial institutions) to design policy instruments.

The policy solutions developed are designed to serve the needs of eco-inclusive enterprises, and tackle policy challenges specific to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in green sectors.

View SEED policy briefs and policy prototyping solutions from previous labs in the SEED Library.

The SEED Policy Prototyping process

The Labs work towards innovative, tailor-made policy solutions that enable small and growing eco-inclusive enterprises to start, scale, and maximise their environmental, social and economic impacts.


Identify challenges facing growing eco-inclusive enterprises

In a first phase, together with our partners, we map key stakeholders and actors (policy makers, change makers, enterprise support organisations, enterprises, and implementing partners), their relationships, and existing policy mechanisms to provide a snapshot of the policy-making landscape in the target country. At the same time, we identify sector-specific challenges and opportunities to support the growth of eco-inclusive enterprises.

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Outcomes: At the end of this phase, we publish an input paper mapping the policy landscape, key stakeholders, policy gaps and potential points of intervention. We then identify challenge hosts to drive the policy prototyping process on topics relevant to their work.


Co-create policy instruments for green and inclusive enterprises

The Kick-Off Lab is a two-day workshop designed to co-create policy prototypes to the identified policy gaps and challenges.

The prototyping process is facilitated by hands-on and collaborative SEED prototyping tools and makes use of the expertise of participants. All prototypes are challenged and validated by enterprises, who join to share their experience and ensure that prototypes are relevant and accessible.

At the end of the Kick-Off Lab, challenge hosts come away with a clear action plan for the next stages of prototype refinement and partner engagement.

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Outcomes: The first innovative policy instrument prototypes are developed.


Refine prototypes based on multi-stakeholder feedback

Challenge Hosts seek additional insights and validation of the prototypes. Through iterative testing with eco-inclusive enterprises and user groups, these policy solutions are refined and validated. Together with SEED, challenge hosts also identify potential collaboration and partnership opportunities for piloting of the policy prototype. 

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Outcomes: Refined and validated solution prototypes ready for the Scale-Up Lab.


Pitch prototypes, develop roadmap & fortify partnerships

The Scale-Up Lab brings together policy makers, challenge groups, potential implementers and financers to develop a roadmap for implementation and mobilise support for the prototype.

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Outcomes: Refined prototypes are presented to policy-makers and implementers. Partnerships are mobilised and potential sources of funding are identified to support the next steps of prototype piloting and scale-up.


Delivery of policy solutions for eco-inclusive enterprises

After the Scale-up Lab, SEED supports challenge hosts to finalise policy briefs that contextualise the prototypes within national and international policy frameworks, and identify potential social and environmental impacts of the policy. Further efforts to mobilise support from other governmental and non-governmental stakeholders towards the pilot roll-out will be explored.

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Who participates in the SEED Labs

Participants in the SEED Policy Prototyping Labs are policy-makers and implementers of national and regional public initiatives. Prototype development group members and group hosts are chosen based on their expertise and commitment to driving the innovation of policy instruments which support eco-inclusive entrepreneurship in strategic sectors.


Lead the prototype development group through the process and facilitate group sessions for resource mobilisation and partnership building.


Contribute context-relevant expertise, offer ideas and expert feedback as key prototype development group members involved in all stages of policy prototyping.


Test, provide feedback and share user insights on the ideas and solution prototypes.


Go4SDGs & SEED Regional Policy Labs

SEED together with Go4SDGs are holding two Regional Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping (Policy Labs) - Africa & Asia. The labs will showcase break-through replicable policies and policy programmes to stimulate the development of innovative policy instruments that create enabling environments for green and social impact enterprises. The process facilitates the replication and adaptation of nationally designed & tested policy solutions in the region, based on the theory of change that replication is an effective and efficient way to solve similar problems across geographies. Stakeholders in the policymaking process are engaged through design-thinking tools that facilitate the synthesising of elements and conditions critical for replication and adaptation. Find out more here

Gain sector-specific insights from our SEED Policy Briefs

Our Policy Briefs provide policy-makers and practitioners an overview of the business conditions, challenges and enablers of eco-inclusive enterprises in strategic sectors in emerging markets.

The briefs guide policy action that drives environmentally and socially responsible economic growth from the bottom up.


Discover more about our Policy Prototyping Labs in target countries and join in as an expert.

SEED Library

In our Library you can discover related news, blog posts and our Sectoral Business Conditions Briefs on target sectors for policy-making around eco-inclusive entrepreneurship.
Mirko Zürker

SEED Policy Prototyping Specialist

Our SEED Policy Prototyping specialist is available to consult. Please contact us if you are a policy-maker or practitioner interested in joining in the SEED Policy Prototyping process.