Deadline: 21 March 2016

The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development, is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising and innovative locally-led social and environmental start-up enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies, including South Africa. The independent SEED 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 are made to start-up enterprises with social and environmental benefits that are aimed at solving pressing local issues. SEED Awards provide support to help to establish and grow start-up enterprises

The SEED Catalyser offers each SEED Award Winner a customised support package consisting of tools, capacity building, profiling, network building, and financing, tailored to their individual needs. The four components of the SEED Catalyser are:

Tools: self-help tools that help enterprises prioritise and address their most urgent needs, for instance by assisting with market analysis, developing a funding strategy, mapping stakeholder relationships, and developing Memoranda of Understanding with partners.

Capacity Building: a one-on-one advisory service that offers winning NPOs or individuals assistance with their business and financial plan, including a 3-day in-country workshop, webinars and remote advisory through the SEED and In-Country Advisors.

Profiling: SEED winners are profiled nationally, regionally and internationally through a high-level SEED International Awards Ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya, with senior government and UN officials, development, support, and financial institutions as well as through marketing and promotional activities such as our website, blog and social media channels.

Network Building: SEED facilitates contacts between its winning start-ups and support organisations, funders, policy-makers, other enterprises such as SEED Alumni, and SEED Partners and Associates.