Collaboration for Impact: Building the Ecosystem for Replication Support Services
This White Paper offers inspiration as well as guidance towards initiating collaboration between different actors offering replication support services for eco-inclusive enterprises. The findings and conclusions expressed in this paper are based on research and expert discussions at the SEED Africa Symposium 2016. This is the first white paper of a new SEED White Paper Series.
Christine joined SEED in 2016 and designs, implements and provides strategic guidance on SEED’s capacity building formats for eco-inclusive enterprises and actors of entrepreneurial ecosystems. She furthermore cultivates and develops strategic partnerships, which entails the cooperation with local and international financing institutions, NGOs, consultancies, and policy makers. In her role as Senior Manager and Co-Lead of adelphi’s Green Entrepreneurship Programme, Christine specialises in working on the intersection of sustainable entrepreneurship and green finance.
Before joining adelphi, Christine has gained experience in impact evaluation in the context of international affairs at Goethe-Institute and with a focus on private sector development and international cooperation at the Center of Evaluation.
Christine studied Geography at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg. She also holds a Masters in Geography of Global Change of Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg.
Lina Frank works as a Project Assistant for SEED since 2016 and is mainly involved in the implementation of the SEED Replicator Programme by contributing to the development of interactive support tools for eco-inclusive enterprises. Before joining adelphi, she gained five years’ experience at the Belgian non-profit organisation Défi Belgique Afrique (DBA), where she was involved in managing a volunteer team, and planning and implementing youth group visits to West Africa. Lina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and is currently doing a Master's degree in Management Science with a focus on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in Belgium.
Mirko Zuerker works with SEED since 2009. He continuously enhanced SEED's enterprise support and ecosystem building programmes and helped to position SEED as the leading schemes in the field of eco-inclusive enterprise development. He helped connect SEED with donors, investors, foundations, and intermediaries, making SEED a key player in the space.
He co-developed multiple enterprise support and ecosystem building programmes building best-in-class enterprise support mechanisms supporting enterprises at the different stages of development. He co-designed the finance labs and the green recovery ecosystem builder programme triggering the development of innovative finance instruments and high-quality enterprise support programmes. He is author of multiple flagship reports demonstrating the positive contribution of eco-inclusive SMEs to global agendas. In co-developing about 100 tools and a dozen enterprise support toolkits he coined the term toolification.
Prior to that, Mirko worked as a journalist and conducted policy analysis in his work at the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government of Germany and at the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in the People's Republic of China. He studied political science, economics, and Chinese studies in Munich, Shanghai, and Madrid and completed a post-graduate program, focusing on adult education and business ethics at the Munich School of Philosophy.