Applications for 2011 SEED Awards Now Open di, jul 5, 2011

Social and environmental entrepreneurs who can demonstrate innovation, leadership and sustainability have the chance to win expert assistance and support for their sustainable development initiatives in the 2011 SEED Awards.

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Micro Power Economy for Rural Electrification Project by SEED 2010 Winner

Nairobi, 05 July 2011 - Social and environmental entrepreneurs who can demonstrate innovation, leadership and sustainability have the chance to win expert assistance and support for their sustainable development initiatives in the 2011 SEED Awards.

The SEED Initiative - hosted by the UN Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) - is a global partnership for action on the Green Economy. The annual SEED Awards help to develop the most promising social and environmental start-ups in emerging economies and developing countries.

SEED Award winners will receive expert advice on developing their business plans, take part in tailor-made workshops to enhance their skills and benefit from high-level profiling of their initiatives through the SEED Initiative's international network of businesses, governments and development institutions.

By helping entrepreneurs to scale-up their activities, the SEED Initiative aims to boost local economies and tackle poverty, while promoting the sustainable use of resources and ecosystems.

As in previous years, entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies across the globe can apply for a SEED award. In addition, as part of an EU funded project, specific awards will be made available to initiatives in seven pilot countries in Africa: Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa.

This year, one special SEED Gender Equality Award will also be made available to initiatives that are women-led or owned, and prioritise gender equality or women's empowerment as a core objective.

The full list of available 2011 SEED Awards is as follows:

  • up to 14 awards for initiatives in South Africa;

  • up to 20 awards for initiatives in Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal;

  • and up to 5 awards, including the 2011 Gender Equality Award, for initiatives in other countries (except countries that are OECD members).

Previous SEED Award Winners have included, among others, an initiative in Kenya that turns waste into fencing posts; a bamboo bike producer and a producer of baskets made from leftover plastic and clothes in Ghana; an initiative in Sri Lanka that links small-scale farmers to the market via a unified brand; a partnership in China producing solar concentrators that harness the sun's energy to provide portable heat; an initiative that provides small landholders with a set of agricultural tools in a canvas backpack and a business initiative in Colombia headed by a local NGO that uses fruit and pulp as ingredients for the local cosmetics and food industries.

The deadline for applications is 22nd August 2011, 23:59 Central European Time (CET).

Applications can be filled in online at the SEED Initiative website www.seedinit.org

or the application form can be downloaded and emailed to seedawards2011@seedinit.org Applicants may also contact the SEED Initiative by email or phone (+49 30 89 00 068 99) in case they are not able to submit their application electronically.

For more information please contact:

Constance Hybsier, Email: constance.hybsier@seedinit.org

Mellab Shiluli, Tel: +254 721 546 406. E-mail: mellab.shilluli@unep.org

About the SEED Initiative

SEED was founded by UNEP, UNDP, and IUCN at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

Partners in the SEED Initiative in addition to the founding partners are the governments of Germany, India, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States of America; the European Union; Conservation International; and SEED's corporate partner, Hisense.

The SEED Initiative identifies and supports promising small-scale start-up social and environmental entrepreneurs around the globe, entrepreneurs that while working towards a greener economy also tackle poverty, marginalisation and social exclusion.

SEED provides these social entrepreneurs with know-how and networks, taking the lessons learnt at local level up to decision-makers to promote evidence-based policymaking.

More information: www.seedinit.org

 
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