From waste to wealth: the story of alternative fuel enterprise BioAfriq
We caught up with SEED Starter alumni Doreen and James, the couple who founded BioAfriq. They talk about separating their private from their business life, the difficulty of changing farmer mindsets and why BioAfriq is here to stay. Read more
Lighting up rural South Africa with SolarTurtle
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, James Van der Walt tell us how being on a ferry and a monastery inspired the founding of his eco-inclusive business idea. Read more
SEED Award Winners showcased at PAGE Ministerial Conference 2019
While participating in the 2019 PAGE Ministerial Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, SEED highlighted the importance of supporting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to realise and strengthen the green economy. Learn more
We support enterprises across sectors that generate positive environmental, social and economic impacts. These eco-inclusive enterprises stimulate sustainable development to reduce poverty and combat environmental degradation. The small and growing enterprises that we work with at SEED lead our global transition to a socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable green economy.
Meet one of our SEED Award Winners
Asrat & Helawi Engineering Partnership manufactures and sells clean cookstoves for private and institutional customers. Heated with electricity, biogas, or ethanol the stoves considerably reduce both fuel costs and health risks related to indoor air pollution. Local communities help produce the stoves while additional indirect jobs are created through a retail network.MEET MORE ENTERPRISES SUPPORTED BY SEED
Our programmes follow the logic that socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable innovation is generated through collaboration. At SEED, we are convinced that true value is created when diverse stakeholders join together to share knowledge, expertise and a passion for generating market-based solutions with environmental, social and economic benefits. Our programmes catalyse the innovative capacities of entrepreneurship and equip small and growing enterprises with the tools and resources to start-up and scale-up. We actively build a collaborative ecosystem – through prototyping labs, events and research – that mobilises financial institutions, policy-makers, NGOs and other key stakeholders to multiply the contributions of eco-inclusive entrepreneurship to sustainable development.
Some of our Direct Enterprise Support impacts:
of all SEED Award Winners continue to be in business after five years
Results of the 2015 Flagship Report
Direct jobs created by SEED-supported enterprises
Results updated in 2018 annual reporting
Some of our Ecosystem Support impacts:
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In the SEED Library you can find the latest news and blog articles, all our publications, case studies, Symposium and SEED Award Winner videos, toolkits and event reports. All library items are tagged with specific topics (e.g. Business Model Replication), relevant Sustainable Development Goals, target countries or SEED Programmes. We are sure you will gather useful insights into eco-inclusive entrepreneurship and our work at SEED when doing a tour through our library. Find below the latest news and blog articles:
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Our SEED Founding Partners launched SEED during the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. The SEED Hosting Partner is responsible for the operational management of all SEED Programmes. Our SEED Partners provide considerable financial support and/or significant in-kind contributions each year. Some Partners are also represented on the SEED Board, where they apply their extensive experience to guide the strategic direction and implementation of SEED programmes.