New York, 16 July 2018 – From a collaborative recycling WebApp enabling waste management services to users in Colombia to composters designed for urban households in India – these are few highlights of the innovative five winners of this year’s SEED Low Carbon Awards announced during the High Level Political Forum 2018 in New York.

The SEED global partnership recognizes the most innovative, inclusive and environmentally friendly start-ups in developing countries and provides them with business know-how support and profiles them regionally and nationally to help them grow and share their experiences. SEED was founded in 2002 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The 2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards are supported by the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

This year’s SEED Awards are placing particular emphasis on eco-inclusive enterprises from Colombia, India, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda. During the coming months these Winners will be supported by SEED through tailored one-on-one advisory service that offers assistance with their business and financial plan, as well as additional marketing and promotional activities to scale their operations and provide replicable business cases that can be established by peers all around the world. The support methodology and content is based on SEED’s more than 10 years of experience in assisting eco-inclusive enterprises globally. The winners will also join a network of more than 230 enterprises from 38 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America - laureates of the SEED Awards. The winners will be honoured at the SEED’s high-level Awards Ceremony.

These five winning enterprises were selected by an independent Jury of International Experts from nearly 250 applications. The innovative enterprises are active in the sectors of waste management, energy and green technologies. Further details about them can be found on SEED website at https://www.seed.uno/awards/all/2018-winners.html.

About SEED

SEED is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy that was founded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), 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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