The newly-launched 2015 SEED Awards seek to recognise start-up enterprises that aim to generate environmental, social and economic benefits at the local level.
This year SEED celebrates 10 years of SEED Awards. During that time, we have recognised 175 SEED Winners from 37 countries and accompanied them in their initial scale-up.
Winners receive a monetary award of US $5000 at a high-level International Awards Ceremony, in addition to capacity building support and opportunities to link to other eco-enterprises and the SEED Partners and network.
The 2015 Awards will focus on start-up enterprises working at the grassroots level. The Awards also encourage enterprises that are led or owned by women to submit their applications.
The independent SEED International Jury of experts will be looking in particular for enterprises that have developed innovative products or services, and intend to become financially sustainable.
For the 2015 SEED Awards cycle, SEED has received support from the European Union; the Government of Flanders; the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women); and the international law firm Hogan Lovells. Additional support is provided by the government of the Netherlands and other SEED partners.
SEED this year will make available up to:
- 23 Africa Awards to enterprises in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda.
- 6 South Africa Awards to enterprises in South Africa, with up to three of them to enterprises in the provinces of Free State, Limpopo or KwaZulu-Natal.
- 2 Gender Equality Awards to enterprises in countries that are not OECD or EU Member countries; one of them to an enterprise in Kenya.
The deadline for applications is 31 March 2015, 23:59 Central European Time (CET).
The launch of the 2015 SEED Awards is only the start of the various activities planned for 2015. The SEED Team would be pleased to meet you at the SEED South Africa Symposium on 26-28 May 2015 in Johannesburg, the SEED Africa Symposium 2015 on 9-10 September 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya, or at one of our national dialogue fora.
For more information visit our new website at www.seed.uno and stay updated on the development of SEED Winners and other enterprises through the SEED Blog.