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SEED Practitioner Labs Climate Finance | India 2018

Published: 18 December 2018
The 2018 SEED Practitioner Labs Climate Finance series in India, Thailand and Uganda brought together around 200 leading practitioners to jointly prototype tangible solutions to major climate finance challenges. This report summarises the innovative climate finance products developed as part of the SEED Labs process in India in primary partnership with TARA with Grameen Capital, New Ventures and GIZ with VNV Advisory. Read more
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SEED Practitioner Labs Climate Finance 2018 | Uganda

Published: 25 October 2018
SEED Practitioner Labs Climate Finance in Kampala engaged leading experts in their fields to address core financing challenges and deliver innovative, tailored financial solutions which drive the green economy transition in Uganda. Read more
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SEED Practitioner Labs Climate Finance | Kampala, Uganda

Published: 24 October 2018
The Transition Lab is phase three of financial product development. The follow-up Lab builds on the success of Kick-Off Labs held in June in Kampala and enables climate finance product developers to showcase their prototypes, share their refinement and implementation milestones and secure the support of key partners and investors. Read more
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SEED Practitioner Labs Climate Finance | Mumbai, India

Published: 24 October 2018
SEED Practitioner Labs Climate Finance engage leading experts in their fields to address core financing challenges and deliver innovative, tailored financial solutions. During the Labs process, practitioners pool their expertise to prototype financial products which drive investment in climate-smart solutions and improve climate resilience, refine these prototypes and mobilise partnerships to successfully launch the climate finance prototypes in target markets. Read more
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Supporting pioneering community businesses on their pathway towards a sustainable future

Published: 25 July 2018Authors: Christine Meyer, Insa Jülich
Dakeni is a small, very rural village near Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal - around 300 people live in the village. Arriving in the area, we see local women taking care of a large plant nursery. A lot of the men are working in the distant cities. Read more
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SEED promotes Climate Finance for SMEs at Innovate4Climate

Published: 20 June 2018
SEED represented the interests of small and medium climate-smart enterpirses at Innovate4Climate, held on May 22 and 24, 2018 at Kap Europa of Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany. The conference brought together over 1200 stakeholders and over 280 speakers from policy-making, business, technology leaders, banking, finance and government to discuss multilateral strategies on accelerating climate-smart investments to tackle climate change. The dialogue centred on four key themes: the business case for climate investment, NDC implementation, innovation for climate resilience, and the climate market and metrics. Read more
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SEED expands its presence in Asia to cultivate a wider network of eco-inclusive enterprises

Published: 08 March 2018
As part of a new strategy to cultivate partnerships, strength local presence, and launch collaboration centres in key regions across the world, SEED is happy to to announce the launch of SEED Thailand. Read more
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SEED side-event at UN High-Level Political Forum 2017

Published: 10 August 2017Authors: Arab Hoballah
The HLPF 2017 SEED side event on Innovative and Eco-Inclusive Entrepreneurship showcased the role of SMEs in achieving SDGs and was held on 13 July 2017 at the UN Headquarters, New York. Read more
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Turning challenges in impact investing into prototype innovations

Published: 05 December 2016Authors: Kay Eunkyung Kang, Rainer Agster
Kenya, where our first Impact Financing Lab took place, is one of the global centres of impact investing! But even there, many challenges for deal flow exist… Read more
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Training Business Development Service Providers to Boost Eco-Inclusive Innovations

Published: 14 September 2016Authors: Rainer Agster
Working with more than 220 enterprises in 38 countries, we soon realized that although each enterprise is unique, topics are reoccurring. Instead of re-inventing the wheel each time, we put time and effort into ‘toolifying’ our support. Read more
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A perspective from India

Published: 10 May 2016Authors: Allison Robertshaw
This past month, it was India’s turn, as SEED hosted an event around investment in the low-carbon, green SME sector.  Whilst it’s fair to say that every region and country has its own challenges, it remains surprising how similar the discussion is and how clearly certain interventions are necessary in order to make the green SME space both more resilient and scalable. Read more
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Unlocking capital, boosting support – building the ecosystem for eco-entrepreneurship in South Africa

Published: 14 April 2016Authors: Marion Müller vom Berge
This year’s South Africa Symposium brought together more than 200 entrepreneurs, practitioners, investors and policy makers to discuss how to grow and support social and eco-enterprises in South Africa. The event focused on two key challenges facing SMEs in South Africa. Read more
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Financing for the ‘Missing Middle’ in South Africa

Published: 12 January 2016Authors: Jana Rudnik, Mirko Zürker
Financing! 20k-200k USD is needed for the ‘missing middle’ is one of ten critical aspects that SEED emphasises as crucial for the growth of SMMEs. Read more
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The role of finance in addressing climate change—but where is the conversation around SME’s?

Published: 07 December 2015Authors: Allison Robertshaw
It would be an understatement to say that finance is one of the big issues being discussed at COP21.  I’ve managed to pop into a number of side events on the topic and it comes up in even the most casual of conversations. Read more
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Investment, Research, Innovation... and SMEs?

Published: 03 December 2015Authors: Allison Robertshaw
Is it not time that we start to build green technology development capacity in developing countries? Read more
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Building Inclusive Value Chains

Published: 27 August 2015Authors: Carolin Ehrensperger, Mareike Grytz
How can people living at the base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) be integrated into global value chains and improve their livelihood on a long-term perspective? One answer clearly is: by fostering Inclusive Business Models (IBM). Read more
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Why the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs supported SEED since its inception in 2002

Published: 29 January 2015Authors: Amélie Heuër, Christopher Whaley
The UK has been a strong supporter of SEED since it was established in 2002. It has been a real pleasure to see SEED grow from a small biennial awards scheme, with a modest research programme, to a much broader global initiative promoting social and environmental entrepreneurship. Read more
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Promoting entrepreneurship for sustainable development: why, and how?

Published: 23 October 2014Authors: Helen Marquard
When UNEP, UNDP and IUCN decided to register the SEED Initiative as a Type II partnership at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, they clearly thought they were on to something – but possibly not quite what SEED is now. Read more
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Creating an enabling environment for social and environmental entrepreneurship in Malawi

Published: 29 September 2014Authors: Mirko Zürker, Rainer Agster
As one of the poorest countries in the world, Malawi is characterised by a largely rural population; 84 per cent of Malawi’s population lives outside cities and depends on agriculture as their primary source of income. Read more
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Early stage impact investing: a call for action

Published: 18 August 2014Authors: Anais Mangin
The exponential growth of small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs) in Africa, Asia and Latin America has contributed significantly to the burgeoning green economy. Read more
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Making growth sustainable: co-creating solutions through social and green entrepreneurship

Published: 10 June 2014Authors: Jona Liebl
Africa has some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, but many people remain excluded from the benefit of this growth with almost half of the population in sub-Saharan Africa living on less than USD1.25 per day. Read more
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Making green and social entrepreneurship work for all in the developing world

Published: 01 June 2014Authors: Amélie Heuër, Helen Marquard
With the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaching, consultations are taking place globally to draw out insights that can contribute to the “Post-2015 Development Agenda and Framework”. Read more
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