Do you live in South Africa? Then, you should consider applying for the SAG-SEED Replicator Connect Workshops in Cape Town, taking place on the 4th and 5th of April 2018 to learn from successful business models and gain innovative tools to build up your own enterprise
Who is eligible?
South Africans with entrepreneurial drive and who want to make a change in their community, but haven't got a clear business idea yet.
The SAG-SEED Replicator uses proven solutions to environmental, social and economic challenges to support eco-inclusive entrepreneurship in local communities. By building on learnings of others, you will be able to replicate and adapt successful elements of viable eco-inclusive business models to your own context. You will be able to tackle environmental and social challenges your community is facing, while creating an economic impact.
Who needs to apply?
* A future entrepreneur wanting to start your own business, but lacking a concrete idea.
* A business owner wanting to refine your business model and collaborate with successful eco-inclusive enterprises around the globe.
* A NGO wanting to become financially independent and learn from enterprise solutions that work.
Get inspired and kick-off your own eco-inclusive enterprise in just one day.
What is the process?
Participation in the SAG-SEED Replicator Connect Workshops and all the material provided are free of charge! Participants must cover their own transport costs however. The workshops will take place in Cape Town, South Africa.
Green Products for Health and Sanitation
Sustainable Tourism Enterprises
Local Clean Cookstove Enterprises
ICT for Agriculture
SAG-SEED Replicator Workbooks
Choose one of the following SAG-SEED Replicator workbooks, learn about the specific challenges and opportunities in the sector, get inspired and kick-start your own eco-inclusive enterprise. Green Products for Health and Sanitation (4 April) Educating the population about the positive effects of improved hygiene on their health and wellbeing is key, especially in regions which are lacking access to the necessary products. Eco-inclusive enterprises transforming waste products, such as oil from restaurants, into sanitary products, such as soap, or using locally available materials to produce menstrual hygiene kits offer an ecologically optimal solution.
Get inspired by 2014 SEED Winner "Khoelife Organic Soap and Oils"
Sustainable Tourism Enterprises (4 April) Sustainable tourism enterprises create jobs and promote local culture and products, thus improving the welfare and livelihoods of local communities. At the same time, they conserve and protect the environment and respect wildlife and flora. The sustainable tourism value chain offers various opportunities: from the provision of accommodation, supplying tourists with food and beverages, manufacturing of handicrafts to the provision of excursions and tours. Get inspired by 2014 SEED Winner "!Khuin !Kwa Kalahari Experience"
- Local Clean Cookstove Enterprises (5 April) Using a traditional mud stove for an hour is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes along with eye, skin irritation and other ailments. New affordably priced, sustainably fuelled, and locally manufactured cookstoves improve the lives of families and communities while creating employment, saving household incomes, reducing indoor air pollution and mitigating climate change. Get inspired by 2013 SEED Winner "5 Star Stoves"
- ICT Solutions for Agriculture (5 April) Data-driven decisions about irrigation, fertilization and harvesting can increase farm profitability and have the potential to increase overall crop productivity by up to 30%, vital in communities that are still having to fear bad harvests. ICT solutions can increase agricultural yields for smallholder farmers and connect marginalized farmers to new markets, reducing post-harvest losses and water consumption. Get inspired by 2013 SEED Winner "High Atlas Agriculture"
APPLY NOW and in just one day you will be equipped with the tools to kick-start your own business!
How to apply
Register and fill out the online application form on their website
An internal team will evaluate all applications and inform you about the outcome. They particularly welcome applications from women and youth.
Support for the SAG-SEED Replicator Connect Workshops
The SAG-SEED Replicator Connect Workshops are supported by SWITCH-Africa Green and the Government of Flanders.
SWITCH-Africa Green is implemented by UNEP with the assistance of the European Union. The European Union is made up of 27 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.
SEED Replicator activities in South Africa are supported through the generous support of the Government of Flanders.
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.
SEED's comprehensive programme triggers the full potential of market-based mechanisms to avert environmental degradation and tackle social problems. 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 of 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. To learn more about the project components implemented under the SWITCH-Africa Green multi-country project "Promoting Eco-Entrepreneurship in Africa" See more information
To apply, follow this link to their official website