Become an eco-entrepreneur! and
find solutions for one of the main challenges of our future in the
SAG-SEED Starter Months Uganda, May-June 2016

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Do you want to become an eco-entrepreneur and find solutions for one of the main challenges in Uganda: Sustainable agriculture, Manufacturing and Tourism? Do you want to receive support to turn your idea into reality? Apply now for the SAG-SEED Starter Months 2016 in Kampala, Uganda! Deadline: 1 May 2016

The SAG-SEED Starter Ideas Competition invites entries from teams who develop green and inclusive business solutions to one of the key social and environmental challenges in Uganda. The winning teams will receive support on turning their idea into reality during the SAG-SEED Starter Months 2016.

Find solutions for one of the following challenges

The Agriculture  Challenge

What is your business idea to generate decent employment, preserve resources, and feed populations in an unpredictable environment?
Get inspired by: 2015 SEED Winner “Botanic Treasures” from Kenya leverages traditional farming techniques of smallholder farmers to grow the nutritious Moringa tree, process and market health food products nationally and internationally. Over 1,000 individuals are employed along the value chain, providing economic stability for rural communities. The cultivation of the drought-resistant plant helps prevent soil erosion and promote sustainable agroforestry in the face of climate change. Manufacturing Challenge What is your business idea to produce goods or provide services for the manufacturing sector while ensuring energy and water efficiency as well as employment opportunities?

Manufacturing Challenge

What is your business idea to produce goods or provide services for the manufacturing sector while ensuring energy and water efficiency as well as employment opportunities?
Get inspired by: 2011 SEED Winner “Man and Man Enterprise” produces and markets efficient biomass cooking in Ghana. The stoves are manufactured from scrap metal by artisans trained by the enterprise. What makes the stoves special is a ceramic lining which retains heat, reducing charcoal consumption by 40 %. As a consequence end users make substantial savings on fuel costs and deforestation and carbon emissions are reduced tremendously compared to traditional stoves. Tourism Challenge What is your business idea to promote tourism benefitting local communities and ecosystems?

Tourism Challenge

What is your business idea to promote tourism benefitting local communities and ecosystems?
Get inspired by: 2011 SEED
Get inspired by: 2011 SEED Winner “Khomani San Kalahari Guiding Experiences” is a community-based enterprise on ‡Khomani San owned land. It takes an integrated approach to ecotourism that combines a focus on the interests of tourists with a strong commitment to the shared needs and values of the local communities and the local ecosystem. The services are offered by trained members of the local ‡Khomani San community and include tracking trails, bow-hunting, overnight desert trails, or fireside tales.
As the examples of successful eco-entrepreneurs above show, innovative solutions reach from inventing new products or services to improving on existing solutions. For example adapting a product or the distribution model can allow you to access new customer groups or to improve the value for customers, local communities or the environment.
SAG-SEED Starter Months
During the SAG-SEED Starter Months, the winning teams will develop and refine their business ideas under guidance of experts:
Participation in the SEED Starter Months is free of charge! Participants have to cover their own transport and accommodation costs. The workshops will take place in Kampala.

DISCOVER
Apply until 1 May
Gather your team and come up with your idea through first interviews and team discussions.
DESIGN
Workshop 1: 19th-21st  May
In a workshop with all winning teams, develop your idea further, looking at all key aspects of an enterprise.
TEST
Time for guided testing
Take your idea to potential customers and partners to get their feedback and explore your market.
REFINE
Workshop 2: 17-18 June
In a second workshop, use your results from testing to refine your business model and work on your finances.
DEMONSTRATE
Going public
Start marketing and fundraising with a crowdfunding campaign and win further capacity building.

How to apply?

Teams with 2-5 team members and an idea for addressing one of the three challenges above can apply. We particularly welcome applications from women and youth.
Download this application Form-SAG-SEED Starter Uganda (003)  , fill it out and please send the completed application form to starter-uganda@seed.uno by 1 May 2016.
An internal team will evaluate all applications and inform you about the outcome.  For more details, you can access  this application toolkit  which will help you to complete the application here: www.seed.uno/support/starter.
In case of questions please write to us at starter-uganda@seed.uno or call us at +49 30 890006899.

Participation in the SEED Starter Months is free of charge! Participants have to cover their own transport and accommodation costs. The workshops will take place in Kampala.

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 (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 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. To learn more about the project components implemented under the SWITCH-Africa Green multi-country project “Promoting Eco-Entrepreneurship in Africa” visit: www.seed.uno/sag.