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.

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Call for Applications: Replicator Connect Workshops in Ghana, Mauritius (Rodrigues) and South Africa

Call for Applications: Replicator Connect Workshops in Ghana, Mauritius (Rodrigues) and South Africa

Posted on September 22, 2017

SEED, SWITCH-Africa Green and the Government of Flanders are pleased to receive applications for our upcoming (SAG-) SEED Replicator Connect Workshops in Tamale, Port Mathurin and Cape Town.

The SEED Replicator supports future entrepreneurs by replicating proven eco-inclusive business models from around the world. Based on the 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 an unique opportunity to gain insights 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.

Please find an overview on upcoming opportunities below:

Kumasi, Ghana:

The SAG-SEED Replicator Workshop in Tamale will take place on 12 October 2017.

Participants may choose one of the two topics for the workshop:

  • Agricultural Product Processing
  • From Beehives to Market

Deadline for applications: 28 September 2017.

Port Mathurin, Rodrigues:

The SAG-SEED Replicator Workshop in Port Mathurin will take place on 22 November 2017.

Participants may choose one of the two topics for the workshop:

  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Agricultural Product Processing

Deadline for applications: 16 October 2017

Cape Town, South Africa:

In Cape Town, two one-day SEED Replicator Workshops will take place on 14 & 15 November 2017. The SEED Replicator Workshops in South Africa are supported by the Government of Flanders.

Participants may choose one of the four topics for the workshops:

  • Plastic Upcycling (14 Nov 2017)
  • Waste to Biogas (14 Nov 2017)
  • Green Products for Health and Sanitation (15 Nov 2017)
  • From Beehives to Market (15 Nov 2017)

Deadline for applications: 1 November 2017

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

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


Call for Applications: The SAG-SEED Replicator is coming to Kumasi, Ghana!

Call for Applications: The SAG-SEED Replicator is coming to Kumasi, Ghana!

Posted on August 9, 2017

SEED and SWITCH-Africa Green are pleased to invite applications for our upcoming SAG-SEED Replicator Connect Workshops in Kumasi, Ghana.

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 an unique opportunity to gain insights 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.

The SAG-SEED Replicator Workshop will take place on 12 October 2017.

Participants may choose one of the two topics:

  • Agricultural Product Processing
  • From Beehives to Market

Deadline for applications: 28 September 2017

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

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


Call for applications: SAG-SEED Starter in Uganda

Call for applications: SAG-SEED Starter in Uganda

Posted on July 18, 2017

Ever heard of Value Props or Tractions? What about USP or MVP? Setting up a business is both an exciting and challenging task. Not only is there a whole new set of strange vocabulary, but how does one turn ideas into a product or service that customers actually want to buy? You don't need a business degree to turn your business idea into reality, join us at the SAG-SEED Starter.

Who is it for: Teams of 2-5 people who already have a business idea

What to expect? During a 3-day (14-16 September) and a 2-day (27-28 October) workshop the selected teams will receive advisory services to work on their business ideas. We want every idea to be turned into a business! 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 motivated teams can win additional capacity-building support for their enterprise.

For more information about SEEDs starter programme, please visit: https://www.seed.uno/support/starter.html.


Meet the 2017 SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Award Winners

Meet the 2017 SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Award Winners

Posted on July 12, 2017

Fifteen African eco-inclusive enterprises receive prestigious SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Awards

New York, 13 July 2017 - Bags made from banana stem leftovers in Kenya, school benches manufactured from plastic wastes and other locally sourced materials in Burkina Faso, improving livelihoods of coffee farmers and protecting mountain gorillas in Uganda—these are some highlights of the innovative 15 winners of this year’s SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Awards announced during the High Level Political Forum 2017 in New York.

The 2017 SWITCH Africa Green (SAG) – SEED Awards are sponsored by the SWITCH Africa Green project implemented by the UN Environment and funded by the European Union and the awards in South Africa are co-financed by the Government of Flanders. The Government of Flanders focuses towards addressing climate change and its effects on South Africa. The winners represent visionary multi-stakeholder partnerships across sectors to lift people out of poverty while protecting the environment.

The SAG-SEED Award winner will receive free access to supporting institutions, and tailored one-on-one advisory service that offers assistance with their business and financial plan, as well as additional marketing and promotional activities by SEED.  The support methodology and content is based on more than 10 years of experience in assisting eco-inclusive enterprises worldwide. The winners will also join a network of more than 200 enterprises from 38 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America - laureates of the SEED Awards.

This year, the winners will be honoured through the high-level Awards Ceremony at four different national and regional events. These events are part of the implementation of ‘Promoting Eco-Entrepreneurship in Africa’, a SWITCH-Africa Green multi-country project in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda.

These 15 winning enterprises were selected by an independent Jury of International Experts out of more than 300 applications. The innovative enterprises are active in the sectors of agriculture, waste management, energy, manufacturing, biodiversity conservation and tourism. Further details about them can be found on SEED's website at https://www.seed.uno/awards/all/2017.html.

To know more about the winner announcement Click Here.


Call for applications: SAG-SEED Replicator Connect Workshops in Mauritius and Uganda

Call for applications: SAG-SEED Replicator Connect Workshops in Mauritius and Uganda

Posted on June 20, 2017

SEED and SWITCH-Africa Green are pleased to invite applications for our upcoming SAG-SEED Replicator Connect Workshops in Mauritius 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 an unique opportunity to gain insights 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.

Each date is a separate workshop. Participants may choose one of the two topics in each workshop:

Mauritius:

  • 3 August in Port Louis: Agricultural Product Processing or From Beehives to Market

Uganda:

  • 3 August in Kampala: From Beehives to Market or Collaborative Business Models for Smallholder Farming
  • 4 August in Kampala: ICT Solutions for Agriculture or Briquettes from Biomass

Deadline for applications: 16 July 2017

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.htm


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 July 2017:

  • 6 Training-of-Trainers implemented
  • 143 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 July 2017:

  • 16 Starter Month Trainings (5-days) implemented
  • 336 Aspiring Eco-Entrepreneurs trained
  • 21 Eco-Enterpises provided with additional support

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 July 2017:

  • 767 Applications for SAG-SEED Awards analysed
  • 21 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 July 2017:

  • 11 SAG-SEED Replicator Workbooks published
  • 16 Replicator-Connect Workshops implemented
  • 343 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 July 2017:

  • 2 SAG-SEED Symposia organised (Kenya & South Africa)
  • 2 Sectoral Business Condition Briefs published
  • 2 Sectoral Business Condition Briefs & 6 Case Studies in the making
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We regularly send out newsletters about our past & future activities under the SAG-SEED project "Promoting Eco-Entrepreneurship in Africa". Here you may register for the SAG-SEED Newsletter and/or also the regular SEED Newsletter.