Start-up social and environmental entrepreneurs who have developed innovative products or services and are working with local communities can win a tailor-made business support package through the 2014 SEED Awards, which are currently open for nominations.
SEED Award Winners, based in emerging economies, developing and least-developed countries, will receive USD 5,000 towards their most urgent needs. In addition, over a period of approximately six months, they will be offered expert advice on developing their business plans, the opportunity to take part in specially-designed workshops to enhance their skills, high-level profiling of their enterprises and access to an international network of businesses, governments and development institutions.
The SEED Initiative, founded in 2002 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is a global partnership working to identify and support promising small-scale, start-up, social and environmental entrepreneurs around the globe who, in working towards a greener economy, also tackle poverty, marginalization and social-exclusion challenges. SEED provides these social entrepreneurs with know-how and networks, taking the lessons learned at the local level up to decision-makers, with the aim of promoting evidence-based policymaking on green economy.
For the 2014 SEED Awards, SEED has received support from the European Union; the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection, Building and Nuclear Safety; the Government of Flanders; the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women); the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); and the international law firm Hogan Lovells. Additional support is provided by the SEED Partners.
In the context of this year’s SEED Awards, UNIDO will be sponsoring a SEED Gender Equality Award, which recognizes initiatives in developing countries that are women-led or owned, and prioritize gender equality or women’s empowerment as well as sustainability as core objectives.
The call for applications for the SEED Awards 2014 is now closed
More information on the available awards and nominations process is available at: www.seedinit.org/awards/about.html