2019 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development for Social & Environmental Enterprises.

Application Deadline: 02 April 2019,23:59 Central European Time (CET).

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

Eligibility Requirements:

You are eligible to apply for the SEED Awards 2019 if your enterprise: a)demonstrates entrepreneurship and innovation;
b)delivers economic, social and environmental benefits;
c)has the intention and potential to become financially sustainable;
d)is a partnership between different stakeholder groups;
e)is locally driven or locally led;
f)has potential for scale-up;
g)has potential for significant replication;
h)is in the early stages of implementation; and
i)meets the country specific requirements set out above.

SEED Support Programme

The SEED Accelerator provides you with a one-year support package that includes tailored needs assessment, capacity-building workshops, and one-on-one expert advice.

You will develop the investment readiness and operational excellence of your established eco-inclusive enterprise in order to effectively scale-up your business.

The SEED Catalyser provides you with 6 months of tailored support package combining peer-learning and guided expert advice.

The programme will guide you to refine your business model in order to optimise your environmental, social and economic impacts and improve investment readiness as you scale-up.

In addition, SEED Award Winners and Finalists will also receive the following:


SEED will provide non-reimbursable grant funding for up to 50% of the total investment for the selected enterprises. The funding varies across award categories.Replication


For enterprises ready and willing to replicate their business activities in another region or country a dedicated replication support package will prepare you in getting ready for the next steps of replication.


Self-help tools that enable enterprises to prioritise and address their most urgent needs, for example conducting market analysis, developing a funding strategy, mapping stakeholder relationships and measuring impact.


SEED Winners and Finalists are profiled nationally and regionally through a high-level Awards Ceremony as well as internationally through SEED marketing and promotional activities such as our website, blog,social media and on-ground events.

Network Building:

SEED facilitates connections with valuable contacts to support organisations, such as funders, policy-makers, SEED Alumni,other SMEs,as well asSEED Partners and Associates.

Application Procedure:

Register online atapp.seed.unoand submit your completed application before 02 April 2019. If you have any problems on our online application platform then please contact [email protected] phone +49 89248830714.

Submissions will be accepted until 02 April 2019, 23:59 CET.

Late submissions will not be considered.

Applications that are shortlisted will be offered feedback and invited to submit additional information in May 2019

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the SEED Awards 2019


  1. […] The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to identify the most innovative and promising locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in developing and emerging economies. Each year, multiple award categories are offered, ranging from country- or region-specific awards to thematic categories. […]

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