The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurs 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 only 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 networks as much as to financial support. SEED meets this need by offering winners a package of individually tailored support for their enterprises.
 
While no support package to SEED Winners is the same - each package strongly orients itself on the needs expressed by the enterprise itself - the prize associated with the SEED Awards consists of:
 
  • - assistance and advice on developing and improving the enterprise’s business and financial plan;
  • - a three-day in-country business-oriented workshop also covering the key elements and factors which help to build a successful social and environmental enterprise, which is also gender responsive;
  • - participation in a high-level international awards ceremony with senior government and UN officials, development institutions, financial institutions and businesses;
  • - profiling of the enterprise nationally, regionally and internationally;
  • - assistance with access to relevant organisations, businesses, and to other SEED winners and SEED alumni, and SEED Partners, Supporters and Associates;
  • - a financial contribution of USD5000 to cover the enterprise’s most pressing needs, as agreed between the winner and SEED.

Gender Equality Winners will in addition receive support from the international law firm Hogan Lovells who have an established pro bono practice advising women entrepreneurs across the world.

 
Elibility
 
SEED Award Winners must:
a) Demonstrate entrepreneurship and innovation
b) deliver economic, social and environmental benefits
c) intention and potential to become financially sustainable
d) a partnership between different stakeholder groups
e) locally driven or locally led
f) potential for scale up or significant replication
g) in the early stages of implementation
h) in a country with a developing or emerging economy
 
To apply for the SEED Low Carbon Awards, enterprises, in addition to the above eight criteria, also need to:
 i) make significant contributions to mitigating and/or adapting to climate change.
 
To apply for the SEED Gender Equality Award, enterprises, in addition to the above eight criteria, also need to be:
 i) run or owned by a woman or women and prioritise gender equality and/or women’s empowerment as a core objective
 
For application process, please refer to this link.
 
Deadline: 08/04/2014

 

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Da Nang Institute For Socio - Economic Development

Primarily responsible: Nguyen Phu Thai - Director Da Nang Institute For Socio - Economic Development

Address: Da Nang Administration Center, 28th floor, 24 Tran Phu, Hai Chau District, Da Nang

Phone: (+84.236) 3.840.344 - Fax: 3.840.975

E-mail: dised@danang.gov.vn

Da Nang Institute For Socio - Economic Development

Primarily responsible: Nguyen Phu Thai - Director Da Nang Institute For Socio - Economic Development

Address: Da Nang Administration Center, 28th floor, 24 Tran Phu, Hai Chau District, Da Nang

Phone: (+84.236) 3.840.344 - Fax: 3.840.975

E-mail: dised@danang.gov.vn