SEED GoSustainable

Please note that currently there are three calls open:

a) Two for enterprises (see here)

b) One for business development service providers (see here).

What is the SEED GoSustainable Programme?

Sustainability is crucial for the future of business, society and the planet. What opportunities does that offer for conventional enterprises? Eco-inclusive innovation enables existing enterprises to create a positive impact on the environment – be eco – and to integrate low-income groups into their value chain – be inclusive – all the while realising benefits and returns. The SEED GoSustainable Programme inspires and supports participants to develop and implement an eco-inclusive enterprise based on their existing enterprise business model.

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How does it work?

To facilitate eco-inclusive innovation, the GoSustainable Programme builds on two main pillars.

In 3-day SEED Training of Trainers workshops (ToTs), experienced Business Development Services (BDS) providers gain new skills in the support of green and inclusive business models and can expand their service portfolio accordingly.

For conventional enterprises, the GoSustainable Programme offers targeted business support to integrate eco-inclusive considerations into their existing business model or in the establishment of a new, additional green and inclusive business model. Over a period of about six months, the enterprises are supported in the development, refinement and implementation of their innovative solutions.

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We offerthe GoSustainable Programme momentarily only in South Africa.

Do you run a business and want to develop your own eco-inclusive innovation? Are you a BDS provider and want to support eco-inclusive innovation?

Once the application period relevant to you has started, you can find all information you need to apply on this site. Participation is for free! You only cover your transport and accommodation expenses.

Support for the SEED GoSustainable Programme

Flanders

The SEED GoSustainable Programme is sponsored by the Government of Flanders, which is active in Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa. In South Africa, the focus support is in the area of job creation through Small Enterprise Development, and improving food security through smallholder farming.      

Open Calls for Enterprises

SEED, with the generous support of the Government of Flanders, invites applications from local companies with the potential to implement eco-inclusive business innovation in South Africa.

During the six months period of the GoSustainable Programme, consisting in a Kick-off Workshop, one-on-one business support, and a Closing Event, successful applicants develop and refine their eco-inclusive business innovations under the guidance of experts.

1) GoSustainable for enterprises in KwaZulu-Natal Province

KZNOverall programme phase: September 2017 – April 2018

First event: GoSustainable BDS Marketplace and Leaders Kick-off Workshop 26-28 September, 2017, Richards Bay (tbc), South Africa

The 4-day event brings together enterprises and business development service providers and sets the ground for the upcoming innovation process. During the BDS Marketplace day, selected BDS providers will present their service portfolios tailored to the GoSustainable programme. Each enterprise can subsequently opt for support by one of the advisors, ensuring a match of individual needs and high quality services. In the following workshop lasting three days, enterprises will work on their own company cases, guided by new conceptual approaches, and supported by real-life case studies with a participant-led and hands-on methodology.

Start of support phase: October 2017

Closing event: March / April 2018

Info: Read the complete Call for Applications here.

How to apply?

Apply now: Please fill out  this two-page concept note and send it via email to go-sustainable@seed.uno.

For KwaZulu-Natal: Deadline for submissions is 21 September 2017

If you have any questions please contact us at go-sustainable@seed.uno or call at +27 72 878 4081 or +27 79 340 9548.


2) GoSustainable for enterprises in Limpopo Province

LimpopoOverall programme phase: November 2017 – May 2018

First event: GoSustainable BDS Marketplace and Leaders Kick-off Workshop 7-10 November, 2017, Polokwane, South Africa

The 4-day event brings together enterprises and business development service providers and sets the ground for the upcoming innovation process. During the BDS Marketplace day, selected BDS providers will present their service portfolios tailored to the GoSustainable programme. Each enterprise can subsequently opt for support by one of the advisors, ensuring a match of individual needs and high quality services. In the following workshop lasting three days, enterprises will work on their own company cases, guided by new conceptual approaches, and supported by real-life case studies with a participant-led and hands-on methodology.

Start of support phase: November 2017

Closing event: May 2018

Info: Read the complete Call for Applications here.

How to apply?

Apply now: Please fill out  this two-page concept note and send it via email to go-sustainable@seed.uno.

For Limpopo: Deadline for submissions is 10 October 2017. Successful applicants are notified by 23 October, 2017.

If you have any questions please contact us at go-sustainable@seed.uno or call at +27 72 878 4081 or +27 79 340 9548.


Who is eligible?

The GoSustainable Programme Call for Applications for enterprises is currently open for teams and individuals who lead small and medium-sized enterprises in the South African provinces of Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have:

  • Extensive experience in their industry
  • Basic experience or a strong interest in developing their business further with eco-inclusive new products and services
  • Staff resources to be available for the workshops and to commit certain hours per month to actively participate in all three stages of the programme
  • Basic experience or a strong interest in expanding to new eco-inclusive markets

We particularly welcome applications from women and youth entrepreneurs.

Participation is free of charge (travel and accommodation costs are not included). In exceptional cases, a limited number of subsidies for participation and accommodation costs can be made available.

Please note: The maximum number of participant slots is limited to ten enterprises in Limpopo and ten enterprises in KwaZulu-Natal. Slots will be handed out on a competitive basis.

      

Open Calls for Business Development Service Providers

LimpopoSEED, with the generous support of the Government of Flanders, invites applications from local BDS providers who want to support eco-inclusive business innovation in South Africa and potentially become a preferred supplier of business development services for SEED or the IB Accelerator.

GoSustainable 'Training of Trainers' Workshop 3-5 October, 2017, Limpopo Province, South Africa

In this 3-day training you will get to know the most relevant eco-inclusive innovation tools that you can integrate into your future business development support work. The SEED GoSustainable toolkit is designed for support to conventional enterprises which are keen to develop an eco-inclusive business model.

Info: Read the detailed Call for Applications here.

Who is eligible?

This GoSustainable Training of Trainers Call for applications is addressed at individual business development service providers or consultants active in Limpopo province.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have:

  • Experience or a strong interest in working on eco-inclusive enterprise topics with SMEs in South Africa, with particular focus on Limpopo province
  • Experience or a strong interest in providing business management oriented capacity building
  • Experience in working with new technologies and strong analytical skills
  • A degree in a relevant academic or business related field
  • Experience or a strong interest in facilitating interactive and participatory workshops
  • Capacity to communicate and provide capacity building in English and/or in any other language relevant for local businesses.

We particularly welcome applications by women and young professionals between the ages of 20-35. Participation is free of charge (travel and accommodation costs are not included).

Please note: Given the maximum number of participant slots, we will only be able to accept up to 20 participants.

How to apply?

Apply now: In order to submit your application, please send a detailed CV and a short letter of motivation via email to bds@seed.uno. In case of questions, please feel free to contact us by email or phone (+27 72 878 4081 or +27 79 340 9548). The deadline for submissions is 12 September, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by 23 September, 2017. 

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