Promoting Eco-Entrepreneurship in Africa

About SWITCH Africa Green

The overall objective of SWITCH Africa Green is to support 6 countries in Africa to achieve sustainable development by engaging in transition towards an inclusive green economy, based on sustainable consumption and production patterns, while generating growth, creating decent jobs and reducing poverty. The objective will be achieved through support to private sector led inclusive green growth. The specific objective is to support the development of green businesses and eco-entrepreneurship and use of SCP practices by having in place (i) MSMEs and business service providers that are better equipped to seize opportunities for green business development, (ii) better informed public and private consumers, and (iii) enabling conditions in form of clear policies, sound regulatory frameworks, incentives structures, tax, other fiscal and market-based instruments influencing key sector(s) in the 6 African countries.

About this multi-country project

The overall objective of this SWITCH Africa Green multi-country project - implemented by SEED with its national project partners - is to potentiate and accelerate a green and inclusive economy and foster an enabling environment for eco-entrepreneurship and sustainable consumption and production so as to provide a SWITCH Africa Green response to Africa’s goal of sustainable development.

Latest News

Launch of the SAG-SEED Replicator Connect Workshops in Kenya & Uganda

Launch of the SAG-SEED Replicator Connect Workshops in Kenya & Uganda

Posted on February 23, 2017

SEED and SWITCH-Africa Green are pleased to invite applications for the next round of SAG-SEED Replicator Connect Workshops, this time in Kenya and Uganda.

The SEED Replicator supports future entrepreneurs by replicating proven eco-inclusive business models from around the world. Based on the SAG-SEED Replicator Workbooks, the Replicator Connect Workshops offer hands-on support to take the first steps towards the development of an individual business idea and a unique opportunity to gain insight into eco-inclusive business models around the world. Workshop participants are provided with a variety of business options in order to set up their own eco-inclusive enterprise in a chosen sector.

Eight separate workshops will take place on two days in each country based on sector:

Kenya:

 

  • 5 April in Nairobi: green sanitary products or natural product processing
  • 7 April in Kisumu: products from honey or smallholder faming initiatives

 

Deadline for applications: 20 March.

Uganda (Kampala):

 

  • 20 April: smallholder farming initiatives or locally manufactured cookstoves
  • 21 April: plastic upcycling or green sanitary products

 

Deadline for applications: 6 April.

The number of workshop participants is limited. Motivated individuals, teams or NGOs are invited to send their application before the deadlines above.

For more information, please visit: https://www.seed.uno/support/replicator.html


Ready for the Replicator? SAG-SEED Replicator Programme in Ghana and South Africa

Ready for the Replicator? SAG-SEED Replicator Programme in Ghana and South Africa

Posted on January 25, 2017

The SAG-SEED Replicator Programme will use proven eco-inclusive business models from eight industry sectors as inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs. Workbooks, covering successful business models from a variety of themes (think beekeeping and agricultural products to making sanitary products from waste), will be used as working materials in the workshops to teach and inspire participants to start their own similar venture. Participants will adopt the most relevant business components of these business models and adapt them to their own local context.

The replicator workshop in Ghana (Accra) on 25 March will cover the themes of locally manufactured cookstoves and waste to biogas. On 29 March, the replicator workbooks will cover the topics of sanitary products from waste, and irrigation solutions.

The replicator workshops in South Africa will take place on 29 March and 30 March. On 29 March, the workbooks to be discussed will be beekeeping and products from honey and agricultural cooperatives. On 30 March, the topics will be natural product manufacturing and sanitary products from waste.

The deadline for applications for the Replicator workshops in Ghana and South Africa is 5 March. Apply here!


SAG-SEED Starter Months in Ghana and Uganda to be held in March and April

SAG-SEED Starter Months in Ghana and Uganda to be held in March and April

Posted on January 25, 2017

Switch Africa Green and SEED invite aspiring eco-entrepreneurs to develop green and inclusive business solutions to challenges in Ghana and Uganda. The first workshop invites teams to develop their business ideas, test it out with potential customers and partners during a trial period, and during the second workshop further refine their idea according to the received feedback. Successful teams win additional capacity building support for their eco-enterprise!

The deadline to apply for the Ghana and Uganda Starter workshops is on 23 February. Workshops in Ghana will take place on 16-18 March and on 19-20 April in Kumasi. In Uganda, the workshops will be held in Kampala on 23-25 March and 28-29 April. Find the Starter application here.


Launch of the 2017 SAG-SEED Awards

Launch of the 2017 SAG-SEED Awards

Posted on January 10, 2017

Innovative eco-inclusive enterprises from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, and Uganda have the opportunity to apply for up to 15 SAG-SEED Awards before 8 March 2017. The SAG-SEED Awards are in particular looking for start-up enterprises offering sustainable solutions in the agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and waste management.

The Winners will be selected by the independent SEED international jury of experts and honoured nationally and regionally through a high-level Awards Ceremony. In addition, SAG-SEED Award Winners will receive tailored capacity building to develop their businesses further, access to the existing network of over 200 SEED Winners as well as investors, donors and practitioners, and international profiling through SEED marketing and promotional activities such as our website, blog and social media channels.

More information on the eligibility criteria and the application process can be found here. SAG-SEED is looking forward to your application in English or French.


Launch of the SAG-SEED Starter Months and BDS+ ToT in Burkina Faso

Launch of the SAG-SEED Starter Months and BDS+ ToT in Burkina Faso

Posted on December 14, 2016

Two new opportunities for Burkina Faso are now open:

SAG-SEED Starter

During a 3-day and a 2-day workshop in Ouagadougou (9-11 February & 17-18 March 2017), the future entrepreneurs will come together to strategically develop an initial business idea. The period between the two workshops will be used for facilitated testing of the idea with potential customers and partners. In the end, teams are ready to go public with their ideas. The most successful teams can win additional capacity building support for their enterprise!

Interested teams apply by *NEW DATE: 24 January! You can find more information here.
                                                            

SAG-SEED BDS+ Training of Trainers

BDS+ builds the capacities of selected local business development services (BDS) providers in a 4-day workshop (31 January to 3 February 2017). Selected business development service providers will get to know over 20 business and management tools as well as case studies, exercises, guidelines and templates that are specifically tailored to address enterprises’ social, environmental and economic impacts. They will also benefit from the BDS+ network, their access to the SEED knowledge platform, and an exchange of best practices in peer-learning formats.

Participants can be nominated until 12 January. You can find more information here.


SAG-SEED BDS+

SAG-SEED BDS+

Capacity Building of BDS Providers

Purpose: To enhance the capacity of business development services (BDS) providers and especially to engage them on the triple bottom line, so contributing to the building of a functional market for green and inclusive BDS and fostering an enabling environment for eco-enterprises.

Impacts as of Sept 2016:

  • 3 Training-of-Trainers implemented
  • 56 BDS Trainers trained on Eco-Entrepreneurship

SAG-SEED Starter

SAG-SEED Starter

Promoting the Incubation of New Eco-enterprises

Purpose: To promote eco-entrepreneurship by building capacities of new eco-enterprises and support them through their initial founding phase.

Impacts as of Sept 2016:

  • 5 Starter Month Trainings (5-days) implemented
  • 120 Aspiring Eco-Entrepreneurs trained
  • 4 Newly established Eco-Enterpises achieved market entry

SAG-SEED Catalyser

SAG-SEED Catalyser

Promoting the Consolidation of Existing Eco-enterprises

Purpose: To find the most promising, innovative and locally led eco-enterprises, showcase their contributions towards an inclusive and green economy, and support their future development.

Impacts as of Sept 2016:

  • 431 Applications for SAG-SEED Awards analysed
  • 16 Innovative Eco-Enterprises honoured with SAG-SEED Awards and SAG-SEED Catalyser support kicked-off

SAG-SEED Replicator

SAG-SEED Replicator

Promoting the Replication of Eco-enterprises in Different Countries

Purpose: To promote the uptake and replication of eco-entrepreneurship to future eco-entrepreneurs by identifying the most promising eco-enterprise models for replication and making them replication-ready.

Impacts as of Sept 2016:

  • 2/10 SAG-SEED Replicator Workbooks published
  • 1 Pilot Replicator-Connect Workshop implemented
  • 47 Aspiring Eco-Enterprise Replicators trained

SAG-SEED Policy & Networking

SAG-SEED Policy & Networking

Promoting Enabling Conditions for Eco-entrepreneurship Through Research

Purpose: To promote enabling conditions for eco-entrepreneurship through research that sheds light on the growth path of eco-enterprises and identifies stumbling blocks to their scale-up, so gathering evidence and insights for policy makers to enable them to put in place more enabling frameworks and market conditions for eco-entrepreneurship.

Impacts as of Sept 2016:

  • 2 Sectoral Business Condition Briefs published
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