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: 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


Launch of the next SAG-SEED Starter in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda & South Africa

Launch of the next SAG-SEED Starter in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda & South Africa

Posted on May 11, 2017

Do you have a business idea and need expert support to turn it into reality?

SEED and SWITCH-Africa Green invite you to apply for the next round of the Starter Months in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and South Africa. The workshops will be from July to September, see below for the exact dates in your country.

What to expect? During a 3-day DEVELOP and a 2-day REFINE 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.

We invite entries from teams who develop green and inclusive business solutions for key social and environmental challenges in their country.

Please find the detailed dates below:

Kenya, Nairobi, with Kenyatta University:

Application Deadline: 10 July
WS 1: 3-5 August 2017                   
WS 2: 14-15 Sept 2017

Ghana, Accra, with Afrik Eveil:

Application Deadline: 10 July
WS 1: 3-5 August 2017                    
WS 2: 8-9 Sept 2017

Uganda, Kampala, with Enterprise Uganda:

Application Deadline: 2 July
WS 1: 27-29 July 2017                       
WS 2: 8-9 Sept 2017

South Africa, Durban:

Application Deadline: 22 July
WS 1: 15-17 August 2017                
WS 2: 20-21 September 2017

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

Do you rather want to replicate a tested and proven business model to set up your own eco-inclusive enterprise? In this case you might apply for our new Replicator round which we also just launched! You can also apply for both programmes.

 


Launch of SAG-SEED Replicator Connect Workshops in Uganda, Kenya, Ghana & South Africa

Launch of SAG-SEED Replicator Connect Workshops in Uganda, Kenya, Ghana & South Africa

Posted on May 11, 2017

Do you want to replicate a tested and proven business model to set up your own eco-inclusive enterprise?

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

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.

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

Uganda:

  • 22 June in Kampala: waste to industrial resources or plastic upcycling
  • 23 June in Kampala: waste to biogas or agricultural product processing

Deadline for applications: 13 June 2017

Kenya:

  • 27 June in Nairobi: agricultural product processing or waste to industrial resources

Deadline for applications: 13 June 2017

Ghana:

  • 30 June in Accra: waste to industrial resources or plastic upcycling
  • 1 July in Accra: briquettes from biomass or collaborative business models for smallholder farming

Deadline for applications: 13 June 2017

South Africa:

  • 3 July in Durban: ICT for agriculture or irrigation solutions for smallholder farming
  • 4 July in Durban: waste to industrial resources or plastic upcycling
  • 6 July in Bloemfontein: waste to biogas or local clean cookstove enterprises
  • 7 July in Bloemfontein: collaborative business models for smallholder farming or agricultural product processing

Deadline for applications: 20 June 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.html

Do you already have a business idea and need some capacity-building support to refine it? You're in luck! Today, applications for the SAG-SEED Starter in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa also open. You can also apply for both programmes.

 


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: waste to biogas 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 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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