SEED Awards

Recognising the achievements of eco-inclusive enterprises globally.

“…SEED has helped us so much by training us in various aspects, like marketing strategies…how to approach our buyers and clients. We did not know that, we have never had training. …The SEED Award is so special because it comes with a training package that goes directly to people who work with the women.”
Adisa Lansah Yakubu
Shea Economic Empowerment Program

“This award gives us recognition especially locally and internationally and we believe we get more funding opportunities to expand our network. At the same time the support SEED is giving, especially the technical support is really important …. we take that as an important point for REN to expand its network and provide better services for the rural farmers and producers.”
Nilantha Athapattu
Rural Enterprise Network (REN) Sri Lanka

"SEED is opening us up to a whole different avenue that we had never thought of before, so it’s really adding a lot of value." Bevlen Sudhu
greenABLE

"The SEED Award is one of the most motivating things that has happened to us. Finally, someone who realises that what we do has significant global benefit."
Pauline Nantongo Kalunda
Trees for Global Benefit

"SEED is offering invaluable international networking. It is supporting us and opens doors accessing international markets for organic products. This is very crucial because once we have the market we can work on a better price for our suppliers.”
Francecah Munyi
Organic Farm Inputs and Farm Produce (KOFAr Ltd)

Are you part of a small and growing eco-inclusive enterprise that continues to deliver environmental, social and economic benefits to your target markets?

The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to identify the most innovative and promising locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in developing and emerging economies. Each year, multiple award categories are offered, ranging from country- or region-specific awards to SEED Low Carbon Award Winners and SEED Gender Equality Award Winners.

SEED Award Winners and Finalists are eligible for participation in our Accelerator and Catalyser programmes, respectively. Our Catalyser and Accelerator support high-achieving enterprises to scale up and optimise their eco-inclusive impacts.

The SEED Awards have celebrated and supported the further advancement of eco-inclusive entrepreneurship while generating key impacts:
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What does the SEED Award Prize offer?

As a SEED Award Winner you will receive a customised SEED Support Package, which includes the tools and guidance required for your enterprise to emerge from the start-up stage and effectively scale-up the positive environmental, social and economic benefits which you deliver to your target markets.

The SEED Support Package is delivered through our Accelerator or Catalyser programme.

CAPACITY BUILDING

Participate in Business Planning Workshop and receive one-on-one Expert Advisory services on business and financial planning for scale up of eco-inclusive enterprise activities.

GLOBAL PROFILING

Receive multiple opportunities for your enterprise to be profiled at a high-level Awards Ceremony, through global SEED communication networks and via your own SEED Enterprise Profile.

SEED TOOLKIT

Apply SEED Toolkit of collaborative and hands-on design thinking methods to identify enterprise development priorities for funding strategising, stakeholder mapping and impact measurement.

NETWORK BUILDING

Access SEED's extensive network of established eco-inclusive enterprises, funders, and policy-makers, including previous Award Winners and Ecosystem Building programme participants.

Who selects SEED Award Winners?

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The SEED Awards Jury – an independent panel of experts from various fields of sustainable development – has generously offered its time to help identify the most promising partnerships from the many applications received each year for various SEED Awards schemes. To ensure consistency of approach, the Jury always contains several Jurors from previous years.

MEET PAST SEED AWARDS JURORS

Apply now for the SEED Awards 2019

The SEED Awards 2019 are now open for applications. Apply now to take your enterprise to the next level. Up to 66 prize packages will be awarded to locally-driven and early-stage enterprises, which leverage their innovative business solutions to solve social and environmental challenges across Africa and Asia.

Register online at app.seed.uno and submit your completed application before 02 April 2019.

If you have any problems on our online application platform please email us at seedawards2019@seed.uno. Submissions will be accepted until 02 April 2019, 23:59 CET. Late submissions will not be considered. Applications that are shortlisted will be offered feedback and invited to submit additional information in May 2019.

 The SEED Low Carbon Awards 2019 in Ghana, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Thailand and Uganda are sponsored by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The SEED Africa Awards 2019 in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and SEED South Africa Awards 2019 in South Africa are sponsored by the Government of Flanders.

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SEED Award Winner criteria

Enterprises which fulfil the following requirements are invited to apply to be a SEED Award Winner. Please click on each criterion check mark () for more information:

Demonstrate entrepreneurship and innovation

Deliver economic, social and environmental benefits

Have potential to scale-up and/or be replicated in other contexts

Are at early stages of implementation

Have intention and potential to become financially stable

Are a partnership between different stakeholder groups

Are locally driven or locally led

Meet country- and/or sector-specific requirements set out in call for applications

Meet the 2018 SEED Low Carbon Award Winners

SEED Low Carbon Award Winners in 2018 were selected from over 200 applicants across Colombia, India, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda. These winners offer products and services that innovate ways for their value chains to mitigate and/or adapt to climate change. These enterprises have already achieved great success but are looking to scale-up their environmental, social and economic impacts. They require your support to do so. We invite you to discover and collaborate with SEED Award Winners.

MEET ALL RELATED ENTERPRISES
Currently, we offer the SEED Awards programme in the following countries:
Ghana
India
Indonesia
Malawi
South Africa
Thailand
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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Meet SEED Award Winners who innovate solutions for sustainable development.

SEED Library

In the SEED Library you can explore case studies, news and blog posts about previous SEED Award Winners.

Supporters

The 2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards in Uganda, Colombia, Tanzania, India and Thailand were primarily supported by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

The SEED Low Carbon Awards 2019 in Ghana, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Thailand and Uganda are sponsored by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

The SEED Africa Awards 2019 in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and SEED South Africa Awards 2019 in South Africa are sponsored by the Government of Flanders.

Amar Munnolimath

SEED Awards Coordinator

Our SEED Awards Coordinator is available to answer questions regarding the application process, provide press materials and facilitate media relations.