SEED Catalyser

All SEED Award Winners receive a tailored support package - the SEED Catalyser. This support package focuses on capacity building, while drawing on an array of tools, combined with networking, profiling, and financing. The SEED Catalyser guides SEED Award Winners through the identification of opportunities, challenges, and needs through a process of business planning, organisation development, and enterprise growth.

In-country capacity building workshop

Icon Capacity BuildingGeared by the SEED Toolbox personal advisors and winners meet for a 3-day in-country workshop to support the enterprises in key elements and factors needed to further build their successful social and environmental enterprise. Unless there is only one SEED Winner in a particular country, one day of the 3-day in-country workshop is held jointly with a group of fellow SEED Award Winners to facilitate peer-learning. The workshop topics cover inter alia triple-bottom-line planning and goal-setting, market analysis and marketing planning, value chain analysis and operations strategy, partnership and relations mapping, development of a communication strategy, resource planning, financial planning, development of a funding strategy, risk management and a SWOT analysis. SEED provides accommodation and transport for all Award Winners who take part in capacity building workshops.

Business plan development

The workshop is followed by a support phase on business plan development during which enterprises are supported in improving different sections of their business plans. The in-country advisors work together with the enterprises on the business plan and make use of the e-Support Platform and the SEED Toolbox. The business plan development aims to facilitate future fundraising and financing activities. Improved business plans are one of the major outputs of the SEED Catalyser.

Support plan development

Together with their in-country advisors SEED Award Winners also work on support plans. Support plans highlight an enterprise’s most urgent needs in order to scale up and expand their operations. Support plans may include training, help with building partnerships and networks, market research, acquiring technical or administrative know-how, developing partnership’s capacity in specialised areas, realising opportunities for profiling partnerships, and financing. Activities listed in the support plan are implemented within 6 months after the enterprise has received its financial contribution.

Access to the SEED network

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All SEED Award Winners gain access to SEED’s international network of partners and associates. This means that winners are informed of opportunities arising through SEED affiliates such as Hogan Lovells, Thomson Reuters Foundation, WIPO Green and Environmental Resource Management.

The SEED Winners' e-Support Platform

SEED WebinarsAll SEED Award Winners have access to the SEED e-Support Platform. The e-Support Platform provides access to all documents and materials used during the SEED support, such as: regular news, documents uploaded by in-country advisors, documents and templates needed for workshops, support tools and the SEED business plan and financial plan template.

Profiling SEED Award Winners

Icon ProfilingSEED continually works to promote the social and green enterprises it supports with a range of high-level profiling opportunities through its online presence as well as its high-level international partnerships and affiliations. During and after the 6 month support package winners benefit from Winner Announcements, SEED Partners and Affiliates, SEED's cooperation with UNEP, the SEED Member's Area as well as being represented at High Profile Events and featured in SEED News and Newsletters.

Reporting to SEED

Each winner needs to provide SEED with a narrative and financial report, which needs to be submitted 6 months after receiving the SEED Support. The narrative report is to inform SEED how the enterprise has developed and advanced it operations over the 6 months, what were the Winners’ principal challenges and successes, how they used the SEED Catalyser (especially in overcoming challenges) and what the enterprise’s plans for the future are. The financial report that SEED Africa Winners have to submitt is to inform SEED about what the SEED funding has eventually been spent on.

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