2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards


What are the SEED Awards?

The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies. The independent SEED International Jury of experts selects enterprises which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability while contributing to a greener economy.

Is your enterprise small, locally driven and eco-inclusive with an ambition
to be in the vanguard of green and inclusive growth?
Does your enterprise make significant contributions to mitigating and/or adapting to climate change?
Does your enterprise need support in replicating business activities in another region or country?

The Call for Applications for the 2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards are open until 03 April 2018.

2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards


Deadline: 03 April 2018, 23:59 (CET)

This year up to five SEED Low Carbon Awards are available. If you meet SEED’s eligibility criteria, you can apply for the 2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards.



Who can apply?

For the 2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards, the call for application is open to enterprises within the six focus countries listed below.


Click here for other eligibility criteria.

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

What do enterprises win?

No two enterprises are the same, either internally or as regards to their operating environment. SEED offers each SEED Award Winner a customised support package consisting of tools, capacity building, profiling and network building, all tailored to their individual needs. Details of the four components of the SEED Support are:

Icon Capacity Building Capacity Building: tailored one-on-one advisory service that offers Winners assistance with their business and financial plan, including a 3-day Business Planning Workshop and three month support from a local expert advisor.
Icon Tools Tools: self-help tools that enable enterprises prioritise and address their most urgent needs, for example by assisting with market analysis, developing a funding strategy, mapping stakeholder relationships or measuring impact.
Icon Profiling Profiling: SEED Winners 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 and social media channels.
Icon Networking Network Building: SEED facilitates connections with valuable contacts to support organisations, such as with funders, policy-makers, and other enterprises such as SEED Alumni, and SEED Partners and Associates.
Finance Financing: Financial contribution of USD 5,000 to cover the enterprise’s most pressing needs, as set out in a support plan agreed between the winner and SEED.


Call for applications open until 03 April 2018, 23:59 Central European Time (CET). All Winners will most likely be profiled at the UN High Level Political Forum in New York.


Further details about the 2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards

Up to five SEED Low Carbon Awards in Colombia, India, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda are sponsored by the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). 

BMUB FullThe Federal Environment Ministry was established in 1986 and is responsible for the environmental policy of the German government. Among other issues, the Ministry is concerned with climate policy, conserving the diversity of fauna and flora, efficient use of resources and energy as well as protecting people’s health from environmental pressures. The Federal Ministry is also very active when it comes to international environmental policy. One of the greatest global challenges to be overcome is climate change. Since December 2013, it has also been in charge of building and urban development.

Visit the Award page for further details and to apply

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