WunderNova boosts ties between Indian-German startups

WunderNova boosts ties between Indian-German startups

The recent announcement and call for the 2016 SEED Awards resonates with the aspirations of WunderNova to build stronger ties between Indian and German startups.  


WunderNova, a global community of startups which helps entrepreneurs find valuable advice to run their enterprises is supporting and working closely with the German Embassy in New Delhi (the capital of India) to strengthen relationship between the startups in both the countries.

The two 2016 SEED Awards in India which will incentive the selected eco-inclusive Indian startups are funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and implemented in cooperation with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Angela De Giacomo, Founder, WunderNova, commented,

“We at WunderNova are working towards building a bridge between the German and Indian startup ecosystem. In this context, it’s a great pleasure for us to spread the word about the SEED Award initiative set in place by the German Ministry to support Indian startups in the waste management and Green ICT space.”

SEED, a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy founded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has opened the call for application for the 2016 SEED Awards in India.  It is accepting applications from eco-inclusive enterprises in India until 20th September, 2016.

Who should apply?

If you are an eco-inclusive enterprise in a start-up phase in India and you solve pressing local issues, winning this award will help you establish and grow your enterprise.

More specifically, for India, SEED is looking for the most promising, innovative and locally-led small and growing eco-inclusive enterprises that are active in the following two sectors:

Waste Management: Does your eco-inclusive enterprise promote waste management for solid or organic waste, lifting waste pickers out of informality and reducing pressure on landfills? For instance, 2010 SEED Winner EcoPost, a partnership of international and national NGOs, uses plastic waste to make aesthetic, durable and environmentally-friendly fencing posts. Nairobi, the city where EcoPost is based, generates over 2,400 tons of waste every day, 20% of which is plastic.

Green ICT: Does your eco-inclusive enterprise demonstrate social & environmental impacts through application of information and communications technology? Or does it provide solutions for sustainable consumption or production using information and communications technology? For instance, previous SEED winner Farmerline has reached over 200,000 smallholder farmers across five countries in three years, creating a meaningful social and environmental impact.  Farmerline uses developed mobile software technology to provide information and services needed by farmers and to lessen some of the uncertainties from climate change.

You will be able to apply for a 2016 SEED Award in India if your enterprise:

  •  is based in India
  • demonstrates entrepreneurship and innovation in either “Waste Management” or “ Green ICT”
  • delivers economic, social and environmental benefits
  • has the intention and potential to become financially sustainable
  • is a partnership between different stakeholder groups
  • is locally-driven or locally-led
  • has potential for scale up or significant replication
  • is in the early stages of implementation

The process of selection

Two SEED Awards will be made available for eco-inclusive enterprises in the fields of Waste Management and Green ICT.

Out of all applications received, a cohort of ten shortlisted enterprises – the finalists – will be invited to present their inspiring eco-inclusive enterprises during a stakeholder dialogue forum organised by GIZ in October 2016.

Prize for Winners

Out of the ten finalists, two SEED award winners will be chosen, who will receive a package of tailored support services consisting of:

Tools: Self-help tools that help enterprises prioritise and address their most urgent needs, for instance by assisting with market analysis, developing a funding strategy, mapping stakeholder relationships, and developing Memoranda of Understanding with partners.

Capacity Building: One-on-one advisory service that offers Winners assistance with their business and financial plan, including a 3-day in-country workshop, webinars and remote advisory through the SEED and In-Country Advisors.

Profiling: SEED Winners are profiled nationally, regionally and internationally through SEED and other high-level events.

Network Building: SEED facilitates contacts between its winning enterprises and support organisations, funders, policy-makers, other enterprises such as SEED Alumni, GIZ network, and SEED Partners and Associates.

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 eco-inclusive 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 eco-inclusive start-up enterprises in developing countries to enhancing the quality and capacities of business development service providers – SEED builds the ecosystem for eco-inclusive 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; SWITCHAfrica Green; Hogan Lovells; UNIDO; UN Women and SEED’s Corporate Partner, Hisense.

For more information about the application process please contact the SEED Team via seedawards2016@seed.uno


Moritz is one of the founders of WunderNova. He is a serial entrepreneur and a book author with a wide expertise in online marketing and PR. Having started several businesses on his own, helping other startups along with WunderNova seemed to be the next logical step. Moritz is based in Berlin, Germany, and India.

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