SEED is looking for the most promising, innovative and locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises making significant contributions to mitigating and/or adapting to climate change. Up to five 2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards are sponsored by the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

The 2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards are available for enterprises in Colombia, India, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda.

All winners will receive a package of tailored support services consisting of capacity building, tools, profiling, network building and financing up to USD 5,000.

Enterprises can apply for the Awards if they:

•  demonstrates entrepreneurship and innovation;

•  delivers economic, social and environmental benefits;

•  has the intention and potential to become financially sustainable;

•  is a partnership between different stakeholder groups;

•  is locally driven or locally led;

•  has potential for scale-up or significant replication;

•  is in the early stages of implementation; and

•  are active in Colombia, India, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda.

Eligible enterprises can apply online or download the PDF application form from the SEED website and send the completed PDF application forms to seedawards2018[at]seed.uno.

The deadline for applications is 3 April 2018, 23:59 Central European Time (CET).

For media enquiries please contact Mr. Amar Munnolimath via a.munnolimath[at]seed.uno

For more information about the application process please contact the SEED Team via seedawards2018[at]seed.uno.

About the SEED

SEED is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy that was founded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. SEED is based on the understanding that the promotion of social and environmental enterprises is pivotal to a world of flourishing communities where entrepreneurship drives sustainable development. From an annual global awards scheme that scouts for and supports the most promising innovative and locally-led social and environmental start-up enterprises in developing countries to enhancing the quality and capacities of business development service providers – SEED builds the ecosystem for social and environmental entrepreneurship.

SEED is hosted by adelphi research gGmbH, based in Berlin, Germany. Partners in SEED, in addition to the Founding Partners, are the governments of Flanders, Germany, India, the Netherlands, South Africa, and the United States of America; Conservation International; the European Union; SWITCH-Africa Green; Hogan Lovells; UNIDO; UN Women and SEED’s Corporate Partner, Hisense.

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