Wednesday, 20 July 2011

SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship

The SEED Initiative is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy.
Founded by UNEP, UNDP and IUCN at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, SEED supports innovative small-scale and locally driven entrepreneurships around the globe which integrate social and environmental benefits into their business model.

The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally led start-up social and environmental entrepreneurs in countries with developing and emerging economies. An international jury of experts selects enterprises which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability while contributing to a greener economy

SEED Awards Prize

Unlike most other competitions, the SEED Award does not carry a money prize. Experience from working with social and environmental entrepreneurs has shown that in many instances such enterprises often require access to knowledge, expertise and especially to networks as much as to financial support. SEED thus offers winners a range of business services, support and networks including high level profiling, often with government officials, Ministers, development institutions and businesses.

While no support package to SEED Winners is the same – each package strongly orients itself on the needs expressed by the initiative itself – the SEED Awards consists of:

  • assistance and advice on developing and improving the initiative’s business plan
  • two-day in-country business-oriented workshop, involving all partners, and covering the key elements and factors needed to build a successful social and environmental enterprise
  • high-level profiling of the initiative nationally, regionally and internationally
  • access to relevant institutions, organisations, businesses, including SEED winners and alumni, SEED Partners, SEED Supporters, and SEED Associates
  • developing a support plan
  • a financial contribution of USD5000 towards implementation of certain item(s) in that support plan, as agreed between the winner and SEED.

Eligibility Criteria

SEED welcomes innovative ideas from any organization or enterprise in a developing country or country in transition, which is working in partnership with others to generate economic, environmental and social benefits. SEED’s independent International Jury of experts selects Award Winners, those initiatives which have the greatest promise of making substantial improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability while contributing to a greener economy.

In 2011 one special SEED Gender Equality Award will be made available to initiatives that are women-led or owned, and prioritize gender equality or women’s empowerment as a core objective.

The deadline for the applications is August 22, 2011

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