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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With Lifepack, two people from Cali seek to curb the use of plastic (Con Lifepack, dos caleños buscan ponerle freno al uso del plástico)

Authors: Caracol TV Source: Caracol TV
Lifepack, a 2013 SEED Gender Equality Award Winner, creators of biodegradable dishes were featured on Caracol TV, Colombia. Read more
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Jardin Green Hope (Ngalée, De la terre à la terre), SEED Award Winner, is named top 15 in STARTUPPER OF THE YEAR AWARD in Burkina Faso

Authors: Source: Startupper of the Year
Jardin Green Hope (Ngalée, De la terre à la terre), SAG-SEED Award Winner in 2016, is named to top 15 finalists in the STARTUPPER OF THE YEAR AWARDS in Burkina Faso. The enterprise has installed the first industrial unit for organic fertiliser production and offers an innovative process capable of revitalising any type of organic waste. Read more
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WASHKing offers eco-friendly solution for a cleaner, more sanitary Ghana

Authors: DW Source: Deutsche Welle
Proper disposal of fecal waste in Ghana is a huge environmental and sanitary challenge. Every day, about 100 trucks of untreated waste is dumped into the Atlantic near Accra. A new eco-friendly digester toilet offered by WASHKing (2017 SAG-SEED Award Winner) may help. Read more
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Founder of EcoAct Tanzania selected as a top 10 African entrepreneur nominated for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018

Authors: African Innovation Foundation Source: African Innovation Foundation
Christian Mwijage, founder of EcoAct, Tanzania (SEED Low Carbon Award Winner 2018), selected as among the top 10 African entrepreneurs nominated for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018. This year’s Call for Applications with its theme “African innovation: Investing in Inclusive Innovation Ecosystems” attracted more than 3 000 applications from 52 African countries. Building on the AIF mandate, submissions this year demonstrate significant breakthroughs in ICT, agri-business, public health and the environment/ energy sectors to improve the lives and economic prospects of Africans. 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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German Environment Minister Ms. Svenja Schulze visits Green the Map, SEED Award Winner (2016)

Published: 18 February 2019
German Environment Minister Ms. Svenja Schulze visited Green the Map, a local green initiative which manufactures upcycled products made from waste or organic materials, and provides environmental education for young people in New Delhi, India. Read more
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Waste to Industrial Resources: Replicator Workbook

Published: 18 December 2018
This Waste to Industrial Resources: Replicator Workbook preview provides insights and tools to entrepreneurs seeking to start-up an enterprise that converts solid waste such as glass, metals, paper and plastic into industrial resources. 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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Plastic Upcycling: Replicator Workbook

Published: 18 December 2018
This Plastic Upcycling: Replicator Workbook preview provides insights and tools to entrepreneurs seeking to start-up an enterprise that converts solid plastic waste into valueable 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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Enterprise Brief: EcoAct Tanzania

Published: 20 August 2018
EcoAct Tanzania uses energy efficient & environmentally friendly plastic extrusion to upcycle plastic waste into durable & affordable plastic timbers for construction. The enterprise mitigates climate change not only by reducing plastic pollution, but also by reducing wood dependence and deforestation. Read more
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Seizing opportunities of eco-inclusive enterprises for a green and inclusive waste sector in South Africa

Published: 25 July 2018Authors: Christine Meyer, Insa Jülich
Do you recycle? – Good. But do you know what happens to your waste when it has been collected? 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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Case Study: Belle Verte

Published: 06 July 2018
Belle Verte aims to create a national closed-loop waste management system and raises awareness on the need to reuse and recycle waste through creative workshops. Within a collaborative process, diverse stakeholders collect, sort and upcycle all types of waste products. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Corporación Acción Semilla

Published: 04 July 2018
Corporación Acción Semilla collects organic waste from its foodservice industry and landscaping services clients and converts this waste into a fertilizer for agricultural activities at local, smallholder farms. The enterprise charges clients a fee for its services and earns profits from the sale of crops and compost. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Amazóniko

Published: 04 July 2018
Amazóniko offers a collaborative recycling WebApp that incentivizes users to recycle through a door-to-door collection service and rewards scheme. The enterprise helps to formalize recyclables collection in association with waste worker groups and provides sustainable employment within the waste management sector. Read more
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Enterprise Brief: Daily Dump

Published: 04 July 2018
Daily Dump is a brand, a service and a set of products and stories of new habits that enable urban households, communities, and businesses to segregate and compost their waste, and to become more conscious & responsible for resource consumption and disposal in a decentralised manner. Read more
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Beating plastic pollution with business innovation on World Environment Day 2018

Published: 04 June 2018Authors: Maggie Sloan, Sonya Ong
At SEED, we celebrate and support innovative enterprises around the globe who integrate social and environmental objectives into their business models. On World Environment Day, we would like to give a shout out to enterprises who #BeatPlasticPollution everyday through their innovative products and eco-inclusive value chains. Read more
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Belle Verte, a SEED Story from Mauritius

Published: 19 April 2018
Belle Verte aims to create a national closed-loop waste management system and raises awareness on the need to reuse and recycle waste through creative workshops. 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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Celebrating Female Entrepreneurship on International Women’s Day 2018

Published: 08 March 2018Authors: Amar Munnolimath, Zaina Batool
At SEED, we embrace the potential of female entrepreneurs and are committed to empowering women. We not only offer equal-opportunity employment and encourage flexible working arrangements to assist families, but also take data-driven action globally to support women entrepreneurs working towards a greener economy and to accelerate female empowerment, including through our past SEED Gender Equality Award scheme. Read more
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From Waste to Resource: Policy Pathways for Eco-Inclusive Waste Enterprises in South Africa

Published: 08 March 2018Authors: Christine Meyer, Janet Mkhabela, Maggie Sloan
This sectoral policy brief provides an short overview to policy-makers and practitioners of the common challenges faced by eco-inclusive enterprises in this strategic sector in South Africa. The brief is designed to guide policy-makers and practitioners in the prototyping and implementation of measures to ensure the success and scaling-up of eco-inclusive enterprises in South Africa. Read more
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SEED Award Winners attend the UN Environmental Assembly 2017 Sustainable Innovation Expo

Published: 07 December 2017
SEED Award Winners Muliru Farmers, City Waste Recycling, Dagoretti, and Ecopost attended the UN Environment Assembly on 4-6 December 2017. 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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Help yourself to an ‘Aha’ moment: Organisational Development for eco-inclusive enterprises

Published: 17 October 2017Authors: Kay Eunkyung Kang
My exciting journey with SEED started back in February 2016. As soon as I joined the team, I knew I was in for a whole lot of surprises. Before joining SEED, I had worked at a few Korean companies and governmental affiliations as well as international organisations... Read more
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