SEED Awards 2019 celebrate eco-inclusive enterprises – apply now!

The call for application for the SEED Awards 2019 are now open. Up to 66 prizes will be awarded to locally-driven start-ups that leverage business solutions to solve social and environmental challenges in Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


In order to apply the following criteria need to be fulfilled by the enterprises: demonstrates entrepreneurship and innovation; delivers economic, social and environmental benefits; has the intention and potential to become financially sustainable; is a partnership between different stakeholder groups; is locally driven or locally led; has potential for scale-up; has potential for significant replication; is in the early stages of implementation; and meets the country specific requirements.

Prize packages include capacity building and financial grants

In total, 66 prize packages include six months to one year of tailored capacity-building support with expert advice; profiling nationally and internationally; facilitation of networking with valuable contacts; a dedicated business model replication support; and matching financial grants up to 20,000 Euros.

How to apply to the SEED Awards 2019

Candidates can apply online by logging on to the SEED application platform at Applications are accepted from 12 February until 02 April 2019, 23:59 Central European Time (CET). Prizes are awarded in three award categories: SEED Low Carbon Awards, SEED Africa Awards and SEED South Africa Awards. For more details on the different award categories and prize packages please refer to the Call for Application document.

The SEED Low Carbon Awards 2019 are sponsored by the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, and the SEED Africa Awards and the SEED South Africa Awards are sponsored by the Government of Flanders.

About SEED

SEED is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy. It was launched in 2002 as part of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg by the United Nations Environment Program, the United Nations Development Program and International Union for Conservation of Nature. SEED is hosted by adelphi. Partners in SEED, in addition to the Founding Partners, are the governments of Flanders, Germany, India, the Netherlands, South Africa, and the United States of America; Conservation International; the European Union; Hogan Lovells; UNIDO; UN Women and SEED’s Corporate Partner, Hisense.

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