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Kick-Off Lab | SEED Practitioner Labs Climate Finance

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Diep in die Berg - Conference & Function Centre

929 Disselboom Avenue

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The SEED Practitioner Labs Climate Finance programme in South Africa includes two hands-on and highly collaborative Practitioner Labs, beginning with the Kick-Off Lab on 28th March 2019 at Diep in die Berg in Pretoria.

Small and growing eco-inclusive enterprises are innovating products and services that support climate change adaptation and mitigation in their target markets while driving South Africa's green economy transition. Access to capital is critical for these environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive enterprises in order to grow and scale-up their operations. However, they continue to face challenges accessing necessary capital due to limited small-scale investments and adequate financing mechanisms, leading to a “Missing Middle Financing Gap”.

SEED Practitioner Labs Climate Finance engage leading finance-focused organisations and financial institutions to co-create innovative climate-smart financial products that increase financial flows to the missing middle of small and medium-sized eco-inclusive enterprises. SEED Labs participants are empowered through ample collaboration and hands-on prototyping opportunities to turn major financing challenges into robust financial product prototypes that innovate the next generation of climate-smart finance.

The one-year Labs process leverages the extensive knowledge and networks of leading financial experts and practitioners to fortify innovative climate finance product prototypes around:

Financing for energy efficiency SMMEs in Southern Africa (tbc), hosted by Development Bank of Southern Africa

Data-driven solutions for more inclusive credit risk assessment across value chains, hosted by FinMark Trust

Institutionalisation of mechanisms for SMMEs to access available climate finance, hosted by OneWorld Sustainable Investments

Climate-resilient agriculture through long-term financing mechanisms, hosted by Hivos


Registration is by invite only via Eventbrite code. If you are interested in learning more about the SEED Practitioner Labs Climate Finance process and how you can get involved, we will happily provide more information on request at lab-south-africa@seed.uno.

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