Lighting up rural South Africa with SolarTurtle

Published: 21 June 2019Authors: Linde Wolters, Sonya Ong
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, James Van der Walt tell us how being on a ferry in Ireland and a monastery in New Zealand inspired the founding of his eco-inclusive business idea. These days, they’re busy with SANEDI working on developing Baby Turtles which would be smaller, cheaper versions of their original prototype. Read more
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From waste to wealth: the story of alternative fuel enterprise BioAfriq

Published: 20 June 2019Authors: Linde Wolters, Sonya Ong
We caught up with BioAfriq founders and SEED Starter alumni Doreen Achieng Ochieng-Ivisu and James Nyamai, the husband and wife who recently were selected to join the Kenya Acceleration Programme 2019 by CIC Kenya. Their story started when they realised the damage charcoal was doing to their country, where tree cover is at only 3%. In this catch-up, 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
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Cool clean tech to tackle climate change

Authors: Source: Green Times
As showcased during the SEED South Africa Symposium 2019, South African entrepreneurs are taking climate change seriously: Water filters made from macadamia nut shells, a mobile solar-powered kiosk for charging phones in off-grid areas, vegetable growing systems using recycled plastic bags, and a machine that turns any type of waste into energy (gas) or diesel. Read more
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SANEDI & SolarTurtle develop next generation of green enterprises for grassroots communities

Authors: SolarTurtle Source: SA Innovation Summit
The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has partnered with the Department of Science and Technologies (DST), and SolarTurtle to development the next generation SolarTurtle solar energy kiosks – The BabyTurtle. Read more
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BioAfriq Energy Limited, SEED Starter Alumnus, wins TOTAL KENYA STARTUPPER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Authors: Source: Startupper of the Year
BioAfriq Energy Limited (SEED Starter participant) has been awarded the TOTAL KENYA STARTUPPER OF THE YEAR AWARD. The enterprise provides affordable dehydration services to small and medium farmers, cooperatives and agricultural processing plants most of which do not have adequate funds to purchase food dehydrators and so incur huge post-harvest losses. Read more
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Kick-Off Lab | SEED Practitioner Labs Policy Prototyping

Published: 19 February 2019
The SEED Practitioner Labs Policy Prototyping programme in Malawi will include three hands-on and highly collaborative Practitioner Labs, beginning with the Kick-Off Lab on 09-10 April 2019 in Lilongwe. Read more
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Local Clean Cookstove Enterprises: Replicator Workbook

Published: 18 December 2018
This Local Clean Cookstove Enterprises: Replicator Workbook preview provides insights and tools to entrepreneurs seeking to start-up an enterprise in the market for clean cookstoves and opportunities along the value chain. Our SEED Replicator Workbooks were developed to guide entrepreneurs through the process of transferring a proven successful business model to another geographic location using hands-on SEED tools and business model insights. Read more
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Waste to Biogas: Replicator Workbook

Published: 18 December 2018
This Waste to Biogas: Replicator Workbook preview provides insights and tools to entrepreneurs seeking to start-up an enterprise that converts organic waste to energy. Our SEED Replicator Workbooks were developed to guide entrepreneurs through the process of transferring a proven successful business model to another geographic location using hands-on SEED tools and business model insights. Read more
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Driving Sustainable Community Development through Bottom-up Solar Energy Innovation: Replicator Workbook

Published: 18 December 2018
This Driving Sustainable Community Development through Bottom-up Solar Energy Innovation: Replicator Workbook preview provides insights and tools to entrepreneurs seeking to start-up an enterprise that capitalises on income generation of innovative bottom-up solar energy products. Our SEED Replicator Workbooks were developed to guide entrepreneurs through the process of transferring a proven successful business model to another geographic location using hands-on SEED tools and business model insights. Read more
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Last Mile Distribution Enterprises: Replicator Workbook

Published: 18 December 2018
This Last Mile Distribution Enterprises: Replicator Workbook preview provides insights and tools to entrepreneurs seeking to start-up an enterprise that tackles market inaccessibility in remote areas by spreading benefits of solar power through last mile distribution. Our SEED Replicator Workbooks were developed to guide entrepreneurs through the process of transferring a proven successful business model to another geographic location using hands-on SEED tools and business model insights. Read more
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Innovative Solar Energy Solutions for Marginalised Customers: Replicator Workbook

Published: 18 December 2018
This Innovative Solar Energy Solutions for Marginalised Customers: Replicator Workbook preview provides insights and tools to entrepreneurs seeking to start-up an enterprise that tackles the lack of access to energy for poor people into tailored off-grid solutions for BOP customers. Our SEED Replicator Workbooks were developed to guide entrepreneurs through the process of transferring a proven successful business model to another geographic location using hands-on SEED tools and business model insights. Read more
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Briquettes from Biomass: Replicator Workbook

Published: 13 December 2018
This Briquettes from Biomass: Replicator Workbook preview provides insights and tools to entrepreneurs seeking to start-up to transform biowaste to a valuable and green energy source. Our SEED Replicator Workbooks were developed to guide entrepreneurs through the process of transferring a proven successful business model to another geographic location using hands-on SEED tools and business model insights. Read more
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Case Study: Sahelia Solar

Published: 07 September 2018
Sahelia Solar is an eco-inclusive enterprise located in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, and specialises in the design and supply of a range of solar energy systems. Sahelia Solar operates in three main sectors; residential, commercial and industrial, and offers both pre-pay and pay-as-you-go (PAYG) models. Read more
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Five eco-inclusive enterprises receive prestigious SEED Low Carbon Awards

Authors: Amar Munnolimath Source: UN Environment
New York, 16 July 2018 – From a collaborative recycling WebApp enabling waste management services to users in Colombia to composters designed for urban households in India – these are few highlights of the innovative five winners of this year’s SEED Low Carbon Awards announced during the High Level Political Forum 2018 in New York. Read more
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SEED announces 2018 Low Carbon Award Winners

Published: 16 July 2018
SEED announced the SEED Low Carbon Award Winners 2018 on 16 July during a SEED side event as part of the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the UN Headquarters in NYC. The 2018 SEED Low Carbon Award Winners innovate solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Khainza Energy Limited

Published: 05 July 2018
Khainza Energy produces high-quality methane from organic waste obtained from farms and households and distributes it in affordable, recyclable cylinders along with cooking appliances. Khainza Energy incorporates local women, farmers, and youth along its distribution channels, creating value for consumers as well as local communities. Read more
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Sahelia Solar, a SEED Story from Burkina Faso

Published: 28 March 2018
A leading solar company in Burkina Faso, Sahelia Solar is now starting to provide solar energy systems to off-grid agro-processing plants managed by rural cooperatives. The pay-as-you go model provides people in rural areas with readily available, reliable, and affordable energy. The enterprise has won an SAG-SEED Award in 2016. Read more
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Small and growing eco-inclusive solar enterprises fighting energy poverty on ground

Published: 21 March 2018Authors: Yasmin Waljee OBE
There are nearly 1.1 billion people without access to energy in the world. These are in communities that have no chance of getting access to national grids and even when they do: in low-income countries in remote rural communities, it is pretty unreliable. Read more
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SEED South Africa Symposium 2018

Published: 19 March 2018
180 participants gathered at the annual SEED South Africa Symposium this year held on March 13-14 in Pretoria. Once again the event demonstrated its high value in generating collaborative discussions and developing approaches to promote eco-inclusive enterprises in South Africa. Read more
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Hogan Lovells Community Solar Innovation Awards 2017: Recipients Revealed

Published: 14 March 2018
The winners of the Hogan Lovells Community Solar Innovation Awards 2017 were revealed today during the 2018 SEED South Africa Symposium in Pretoria. 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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Call for Applications for the 2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards

Published: 13 February 2018
The 2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards are available for enterprises in Colombia, India, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda. Read more
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South Africa celebrates inauguration of the first SEED office on the African continent

Published: 30 January 2018
In 2010 SEED established its first pilot country scheme in South Africa, which fell under a larger, substantially EU funded, focus of SEED on Africa. Read more
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SEED shares insights at Eco MedaGreen Summit 2017 in Barcelona

Published: 11 December 2017
SEED was invited to participate in the Mediterranean Cities Economic Forum to share lessons learnt from its SWITCH-Africa Green project “Promoting Eco-Entrepreneurship in Africa” during a session on “Waste Management and Recycling in the Realm of Circular Economy”. Read more
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Transform, Innovate, GoSustainable

Published: 28 November 2017Authors: Julia Rohe, Regina Treutwein
Coming up with new ideas is essential for the success of a business. Innovative enterprises are pro-active in solving problems, for instance, in reaching new customers or to refining their value proposition. An often unexplored opportunity for innovation is to integrate social and environmental dimensions into a company's business model.

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