LAC Future Lab for Innovation and Policy

Published: 15 September 2022
SEED and Go4SDGs organise the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Future Lab for Innovation and Policy. As part of the Global Future Lab series, the event will bring together regional policy makers, intermediaries and SMEs to co-create and develop future-proof solutions. Designed to connect and leverage the expertise of key green SME stakeholders, the Global Future Labs will inform a New Green SME Action Agenda. Read more
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Successful first year of SEED activities in Botswana

Published: 07 September 2022
Over 25 enterprises in Botswana have benefitted from SEED’s capacity building and acceleration support since 2021. SEED and its implementing partner, the University of Botswana, deliver comprehensive business support packages to eco-inclusive enterprises through the Starter, Catalyser and Accelerator programmes. Read more

When dedicated business development support meets an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit

Published: 01 September 2022
As part of Ghana’s in-country celebration, the team visited a beneficiary enterprise: Gamma Energie. Gamma Energie is a 2021 SEED Award Runner-up, and one of the enterprises that showcased their products during the SEED 20th Anniversary celebration in Accra. Read more
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Asia Future Lab for Innovation and Policy

Published: 23 August 2022
SEED and Go4SDGs organise the Asia Future Lab for Innovation and Policy. As part of the Global Future Lab series, the event will bring together regional policy makers, intermediaries and SMEs to co-create and develop future-proof solutions. Designed to connect and leverage the expertise of key green SME stakeholders, the Global Future Labs will inform a New Green SME Action Agenda. Read more
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West Asia Future Lab for Innovation and Policy

Published: 12 August 2022
SEED and Go4SDGs, together with the West Asia Sustainable Fashion Academy, organise the West Asia Future Lab for Innovation and Policy. As part of the Global Future Lab series, the event will bring together regional policy makers, intermediaries and SMEs to co-create and develop future-proof solutions. Designed to connect and leverage the expertise of key green SME stakeholders, the Global Future Labs will inform a New Green SME Action Agenda. Read more
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The Africa Future Lab for Innovation and Policy

Published: 09 August 2022
On July 28th 2022, SEED, in collaboration with GO4SDGs, organised the Africa Future Lab for Innovation and Policy. The event was organised as part of the Global Future Labs that bring together 30 – 40 regional SME stakeholders, such as policy makers, intermediaries and SMEs to co-create and develop future-proof solutions. Read more
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HLPF side-event: How to build forward better with SMEs as gamechangers

Published: 21 July 2022
On July 12th, 2022, SEED, together with Go4SDGs, UN Environment Programme, UN Global Compact and the Government of Germany, organised an official side event to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Read more
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Building Forward Better: Delivering Locally with SMEs as Gamechangers

Published: 05 July 2022
SEED, in collaboration with GO4SDGs, UN Environment Programme, UN Global Compact and the government of Germany, is organising an official side event to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Read more
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Global Future Lab for Innovation and Policy

Published: 28 June 2022
SEED and Go4SDGs jointly organise four Global Future Labs for Innovation and Policy. The Global Future Labs will bring together policy makers, intermediaries and SMEs to co-create and develop future-proof solutions. Designed to connect a community of 30 – 40 participants leveraging the expertise of key green SME stakeholders, the Global Future Labs will inform a New Green SME Action Agenda. Read more
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"Step up and act now, or step aside"

Published: 14 June 2022Authors: Arab Hoballah
The period of the last few months has been the occasion of celebrations, 50 years of Stockholm first global environment conference, 50 years of UNEP and 50 years of the Limits to Growth. At these occasions, the objectives were to take stock, assess objectively, draw lessons and define a more responsible pathway with clear actions for the near- and long-term future. Read more

SEED organised and hosted the webinar "From Impact to Scale: Challenges & Successes Leading the Way to an Eco-Inclusive SME Action Agenda"

Published: 24 May 2022
On May 19, more than 130 participants from different parts of the world, from Africa to Asia, joined the virtual event that kicked off this year’s SEED 20 Years campaign. During the event, speakers shared the successes and learnings of the past 20 years working with or as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and looked forward to new ones together. Read more

Join our Webinar "From Impact to Scale: Challenges & Successes Leading the Way to an Eco-Inclusive SME Action Agenda"

Published: 11 May 2022
For SEED's 20th anniversary, we want to have a look together at achievements, emerging needs, gaps, barriers for the promotion of green, resource efficient and responsible eco-inclusive businesses in #SEED20Years period as well as looking forward to replicating success stories, further inducing innovations and scaling up for long lasting transformative impacts. Read more

SEED and SMEs: Celebrating 20 years of promoting a sustainable future together

Published: 28 April 2022
Twenty years ago, SEED was launched by UNEP, UNDP and IUCN at the World Sustainable Development Summit in Johannesburg with the aim of promoting entrepreneurship for sustainable development. Over the years, SEED has demonstrated, through numerous success stories from enterprises, that it makes good environmental, social, and economic sense to consider, support and enable SMEs to thrive. Read more

SEED Female Entrepreneurship Month

Published: 08 March 2022
SEED's Female Entrepreneurship Month aims to recognise the women who are working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. SukkhaCitta, Like Mountains, Womenergy265 and Amaati Group are great examples of this. Read more
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The Green Recovery Forum: Leveraging the contributions of MSMEs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Published: 07 March 2022Authors: Mirko Zürker, Net Pornlumon Nirachatsuwan, Supapim Wannopas
The Green Recovery Forum: Leveraging the contributions of MSMEs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals is a collaborative partnership between SEI, SEED, ANDE, and partners. The Forum highlights MSMEs potential and contribution to the Green Recovery, their need for support to build back economically while emphasising the MSMEs’ green and socially-inclusive approach in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more
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Effective implementation of circular economies

Published: 03 March 2021Authors: Camilla Shearman, Sonya Ong
At the 2020 SEED Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping (PLPP) in Ghana and Thailand, multi-stakeholder groups designed support mechanisms to leverage the participation of socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable MSMEs in the circular economy. We provide recommendations based on the solutions developed to guide future circular economy policy implementation. Read more
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SEED during COVID-19: Our programmes reimagined for the virtual format

Published: 16 December 2020Authors: Amanda Panella, Linde Wolters
When COVID-19 hit, SEED and its supported enterprises were affected like the rest of the world. Our programmes - designed for peer-learning and networking - had to quickly adjust to this new global reality and move to a virtual environment. In an effort to both support affected enterprises and be able to keep our programmes running. Read more

More Than “Donor Darlings”: Ecosystem system support for green and eco-inclusive SMEs to deliver more than narratives

Published: 10 December 2020Authors: Ebenezer Kumi
From October—November 2020, SEED provided two 3-day eco-inclusive ToT workshops for representatives of SNV’s selected hubs, incubators and accelerators in Ashanti and Western Regions. Read more

Supporting MSMEs for Ghana’s transition to a Circular Economy: Solutions from SEED’s Policy Lab

Published: 09 December 2020Authors: Amanda Panella, Camilla Shearman
While eco-inclusive enterprises drive the transition to a circular economy, they often face significant constraints to build and scale their businesses. Mr. Boachie highlighted that eco-inclusive MSMEs often face specific challenges based on perceived higher-than-normal risks, and a unique need for longer-term financing. Read more

Best practices to follow for online workshops: Learnings from SEED virtual trainings during pandemic times

Published: 30 November 2020Authors: Amar Munnolimath, Elena Eckhardt, Nithin Ramu
Workshops are an important format for business development services (BDS) providers to deliver support services to eco-inclusive enterprises. However, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and related measures, such as lockdowns and curfews, BDS providers have had to adjust and reconceptualise the workshop experience. Read more

Building a Resilient Business Around Women: The story of Dagoretti

Published: 28 September 2020Authors: Amanda Panella, Linde Wolters
Violet Matiru grew up without electricity on a farm at the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, an aspect of her life that led her to want to better the environment around her. From using kerosene lamps and lighting a fire every day with firewood for a cup of tea before school, she decided to support herself and her community by launching the Dagoretti Market Biogas Latrine. It has since moved from a core business of converting human waste from paid for latrines for market goers, to biogas to be reused for cooking and heating water, to other environmentally and socially relevant activities.  Read more
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Enterprise Resilience: Six Critical Factors to Protecting Your Start-Up’s Future

Published: 24 September 2020
To better understand what resilience means for MSMEs during the COVID-19 pandemic, SEED interviewed 30 eco-inclusive enterprises. Unsurprisingly, MSMEs have been strongly affected by the economic shock of the pandemic. From these interviews, SEED has outlined the six critical factors for protecting the future of your enterprise. Read more

An Entrepreneur’s Motivation to Move Forward

Published: 17 August 2020Authors: Khawla Rammali, Linde Wolters
Upon reflection, Kenya based Jackline Lang'at feels she may have given up too quickly. The 2016 Award winner was piloting the construction of eco-friendly, durable roads while working with women and youth, when elections hit, cashflow stalled and dedication wavered. Now four years on, Jackline is looking back on her failure but keen to launch a new venture. We caught up with her to learn from her experience, a timely discussion in the context of the COVID-19 crisis and its risk to the survival of many small businesses. Read more
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Status quo and future outlook: what does COVID-19 mean for BDS providers in India?

Published: 14 July 2020Authors: Amar Munnolimath, Dr. Malini Balakrishnan, Elena Eckhardt
To assess the status quo and future outlook of what COVID-19 means for BDS providers in India, SEED India Hub invited BDS providers to take part in a virtual co-creation session. During the co-creation session that took place on 28th May 2020, BDS providers identified several challenges that both enterprises and BDS providers face due to COVID-19 and prototyped novel solutions addressing persistent challenges. Read more
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Scaling Policy and Financial Instruments for Eco-Inclusive SME Support | SEED South Africa Symposium 2020

Published: 06 July 2020Authors: Camilla Shearman, Maggie Sloan
On 6th May, Mr Tlou Ramaru, Chief Director of Climate Change Adaptation in the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), welcomed enterprises, financial institutions, policy-makers, donors, and business development service providers to a Pitching Session during the online SEED South Africa Symposium 2020. This Pitching Session brought together stakeholders who have been actively designing policy and financial instruments to support the start-up and scale-up of climate-smart and socially inclusive enterprises in South Africa. Read more
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