SEED South Africa Symposium 2018

Boosting Climate-Smart Enterprise Solutions

About the symposium

In the face of climate change, we urgently need to find pathways to a low-carbon economy. Only then can we improve the well-being of nine billion people by 2030 and realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa and around the world already contribute to climate smart economies while successfully improving the well-being of their local communities. With suitable approaches to clean energy, climate-smart agriculture, waste management and recycling those eco-inclusive enterprises are instrumental to address the vulnerability that local communities and countries face due to climate change.

However, many climate-smart enterprise solutions do not pick up pace as still facing significant barriers that hinder from contributing to the fullest.

How do we unlock the full potential of climate-smart enterprise solutions? How can we support, finance and replicate promising business models that successfully contribute to a climate-smart economy?

The SEED South Africa Symposium will bring together around 150 enterprises, financial institutions, policymakers and business development service providers to develop approaches and partnerships that capitalise on the success of climate-smart enterprises to increase the sector’s size and impact.

The event is part of the implementation of “Building an Ecosystem for Social and Environmental Entrepreneurship in South Africa”, a project supported by the Government of Flanders and of “Promoting Eco-Entrepreneurship in Africa”, a SWITCH-Africa Green multi-country project in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda.

Highlights at #SEEDSAS18

The International Awards Ceremony honouring outstanding eco-inclusive enterprises from all over the world with the Hogan Lovells Community Solar Innovation Awards 2017

Interactive Prototyping Sessions providing a platform for ground-breaking solutions mutually developed by stakeholders from business, politics, academia and civil society.

Inspiring Panel and Roundtable Discussions catalysing ideas on successful business development for micro, small and medium-sized eco-inclusive environmental enterprises.

The EnterpriseSolutions Exhibition showcasing innovative, entrepreneurial approaches to sustainable development and climate change challenges.


The Capital Menlyn Maine

193 Bancor Ave, Menlyn

Pretoria – South AfricaTel: +27 (0) 12 942 5000



Mar 13 - Mar 14, 2018 - 23:00
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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Targets Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mauritius, South Africa, Uganda
Sectors Clean technology, Renewable energy