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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) SEED Awards 2021 for Developing Countries

Applications are now open until March 22 for SEED Awards 2021, for innovative small and growing businesses delivering environmental, social and economic impacts.  

Application Deadline: 22nd March 2021

About the Award: Up to 48 prize packages will be awarded to innovative and promising locally led enterprises in social and environmental sectors from emerging economies.

This year, in its 14th cycle, two award categories are offered:

SEED Low Carbon Awards:

Open for applicants from: Ghana, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Thailand and Uganda

SEED Climate Adaptation Awards:

Open for applicants from: Botswana, Malawi and Zambia

Type: Contest

Eligibility: Enterprises that fulfil the below criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Innovative market-driven enterprise providing solutions to social and environmental problems
  • Have intention and potential to become financially sustainable
  • Is in partnership between different stakeholder groups
  • Is locally founded and locally led
  • Has potential for scale-up and replication
  • Is operational and in the early to growth stages

Selection Criteria: Enterprises that fulfil the below criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Innovative market-driven enterprise providing solutions to social and environmental problems
  • Have intention and potential to become financially sustainable
  • Is in partnership between different stakeholder groups
  • Is locally founded and locally led
  • Has potential for scale-up and replication
  • Is operational and in the early to growth stages

Eligible Countries:

  • SEED Low Carbon Awards: Ghana, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Thailand and Uganda
  • SEED Climate Adaptation Awards: Botswana, Malawi and Zambia

Number of Awards: 48

Value of Award: A total of €163,500 funding is offered in the form of grants and matching grants for SEED Award recipients. SEED Award Winners and Runners-up will also participate in the SEED Accelerator and Catalyser programmes, respectively. These programmes are run by local business development organisations and designed to support high-potential enterprises to scale up, optimise their eco-inclusive impacts and financial planning.

In addition, Award recipients will get access to the SEED Enterprise Toolkit for collaboration and hands-on design thinking methods for enterprise development. Winners and Runners-up will join more than 300 SEED Award alumnis and be profiled at the high-level awards ceremony as well as SEED partner events.

How to Apply: Applications are now open on the SEED Platform here

More information can be found in the Call for Applications and Information Sheet & FAQ.

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.
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