SEED News showcases ongoing achievements in eco-inclusive entrepreneurship, shares experiences from SEED on the global stage at high-level events, provides updates on organisational developments and more. We also feature news from SEED Partners and other leading voices in the field of entrepreneurship for sustainable development.

SEED 2009 Gold Winners move on

Published: 02 March 2010
Over the last few months the SEED Secretariat has attended all the award ceremonies and conducted workshops for each of the 2009 SEED Gold Winners. Read more

SEED's Executive Director visits the Development Marketplace 2009

Published: 13 November 2009
Helen Marquard, SEED's Executive Director, was in Washington to visit the Development Marketplace 2009 (DM2009) and witnessed some remarkable initiatives that show many similarities with some of the SEED winners.  Read more

Interview with Achim Steiner

Published: 13 November 2009
Achim Steiner the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, the host of the SEED Initiative, talks here about the importance of the Green Economy and why supporting small-scale social and environmental entrepreneurs is of global interest. Read more

SEED's support to the 2009 SEED Winners

Published: 09 November 2009
Together with Adelphi Research, SEED has had the pleasure of working with the twenty 2009 SEED winners on a capacity building support package worth US$5,000. Read more

2005 SEED Winner Blue Ventures receives the 2010 Condé Nast Environmental Award

Published: 03 November 2009
Blue Ventures who was one the 2005 SEED winners for initiating Madagascar's first community-run marine protected area, has now been awarded the 2010 Condé Nast Environmental Award. Read more

2008 SEED Winner Pintadas Solar in Brazil has a new video

Published: 13 October 2009
The initiative sets out to help small farmers communities to adapt to climate change, improve local food security, mitigate their own carbon emissions, and reduce poverty by increasing income and creating local employment opportunities. Read more

2008 SEED Winner, Andaman Discoveries in Thailand, is finalist in the BBC World Challenge

Published: 07 July 2009
Each year, the BBC World News Limited organises the World Challenge. The competition aims to find projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grassroots level. On the 29th of June 2009, the 12 finalists were announced and SEED is delighted that From Relief to Self Reliance (Andaman Discoveries), one of the 2008 SEED Winners, has been selected as one of these finalists. Read more

Winners of 2009 SEED Awards Announced

Published: 12 May 2009
The winners of the 2009 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development were announced today at a high level award ceremony and reception. Twenty local initiatives from across the developing world received this year's award. Together, the winners cover a diverse range of promising business models that will tackle poverty and environmental stewardship in areas such as water and waste management, sustainable energy, recycling, and fish farming. Read more

Sweet Success: SEED Celebrates 2008 Cameroonian Winner at Yaounde event

Published: 04 December 2008
Guiding Hope, an environmentally and socially responsible producer of apiculture products, celebrated its receipt of a 2008 SEED Award with an awards ceremony at the US Embassy in Yaounde, followed by partnership workshops, and bilateral meetings with potential supporters in Cameroon. Read more

SEED Award Events in Salvador Recognise 2008 Brazilian Winner

Published: 28 November 2008
To celebrate the 2008 SEED Award Winner in Brazil, Pintadas Solar, a community-led partnership for water-efficient crop irrigation and bio-fuel production, SEED and the partnership held a series of events, including an awards ceremony at the Goethe Institute in Salvador, Bahia State, bilateral meetings, a site visit and a capacity building workshop. Read more

Indian Entrepreneurs Celebrated in Delhi by German Environment Minister

Published: 19 November 2008
The 2008 SEED event held in India for 2008 Award Winner Himalayan Oregano Oil against MRSA recognised the partnership for its accomplishments in providing sustainable livelihoods. Read more

Nicaragua's 'Solar Women' Receive 2008 SEED Award in Managua

Published: 30 October 2008
For Nicaraguan winner 'Lighting Up Hope and Communities', the 2008 SEED Awards events in Managua were an overwhelming success. The partnership received its SEED Award. Read more

Community-based tourism in Thailand honoured by UK's Environment Secretary

Published: 23 October 2008
2008 Award Winner 'From Relief to Self Reliance', a community-based tourism initiative working in tsunami-hit villages of Thailand's North Andaman coast, met the UK's Secretary of State for Environment, Hilary Benn, to receive their Award. Read more

Making sustainable development happen: SEED announces its 2008 Award Winners

Published: 21 August 2008
Pintadas Solar in Brasil is one of the five highly resourceful and innovative local entrepreneurial partnerships today celebrated as the SEED Initiative announced its 2008 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development. Read more

From Cameroon to the Andaman coast: 2008 SEED Award finalists are announced and SEED's Associate Partners Network is launched

Published: 16 May 2008
The SEED Initiative is pleased to announce the inspiring ventures which have been selected as finalists for the 2008 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development. This year's 15 finalists offer exciting examples of innovative action in important fields of sustainability. Read more

Further Success for SEED Winners: T'ikapapa wins the World Challenge 2007, with Bridging the Gap selected as a finalist

Published: 18 December 2007
T'ikapapa, based in Peru, beat nearly 1000 other projects from around the world to win World Challenge 2007. Read more

South Africa hosts worlds' new breed of entrepreneurs - environmental entrepreneurs

Published: 15 October 2007
The Winners of the 2007 SEED Awards arrived in Pretoria on Saturday, 13 October for the Annual Partnership Forum and a two day workshop Read more

Partnerships from Five Nations Receive “2007 SEED AWARDS” for Innovation in Local Sustainable Development

Published: 30 May 2007
Seed Awards 2007 recognize, support and encourage the delivery of innovative, local, partnership-based solutions to global challenges of environmental stewardship and poverty eradication. Read more

Davos: UNEP Executive Director announces finalists for 2007 SEED Awards

Authors: UNEP Source: UN News
Entrepreneurs promoting a range of businesses – from community-based tourism in Brazil to Vietnamese bringing medicinal plants to the international market – are among 10 finalists announced today by the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for a key sustainable development award. Read more

From Cows to Kilowatts and Berries into Businesses - Winners of the First Seed Awards Announced

Published: 20 April 2005
The winners were selected from a pool of over 260 entries from 66 countries, representing 1,200 organisations. Read more

Twelve Sustainable Development Partnerships Announced as Finalists for the 2005 SEED Awards

Published: 19 November 2004
The twelve finalists of the first biennial SEED Awards were announced tonight at a reception at the 3rd IUCN World Conservation Congress in Bangkok. Read more

Inaugural SEED Awards Trigger Groundswell of Global Response

Published: 22 September 2004
Over 260 new partnership proposals from sixty-six countries, representing 1,200 organizations, have been received in response to a call for submissions by the Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development (SEED) Initiative under its biennial Seed Awards programme. Read more

New global award initiative launched in Mumbai and Davos

Published: 21 January 2004
Innovative “partnerships” will be the focus of a new global award initiative, the SEED Awards, launched today at the World Social Forum in Mumbai and the World Economic Forum in Davos. Read more