What is Smart Seeds?

Smart Seeds is a global innovation program focused on creating new ideas to address complex world challenges. The program has three key focus areas:

Capacity building of young talent and growing leaders: Participants and mentors develop professional skills and networks to open up new possibilities for their careers and organisations. Smart Seeds delivers on six learning experiences:

  • Working Collaboratively
  • Innovation Fundamentals
  • Challenge Refinement
  • Ideation
  • Pitching Ideas
  • Influencing Change

Interdisciplinary collaboration to inspire new thinking: The program brings together organisations from different sectors and professionals with diverse skills and experience.

Delivery of innovations through industry leadership: Smart Seeds supports the generation, selection, development and implementation through its frameworks, platforms, tools and networks.

Who gets involved?

How does it work?

Teams work together to develop ideas to address challenges set by industry leaders from across a variety of sectors. These ideas are then presented at an exclusive Showcase Event.

Smart Seeds has a variety of formats to engage talent including Pace, Bootcamp and School Challenge. The program journey outlined below is consistent for all formats.

Challenge Setting: 
Industry leaders from across a range of sectors set complex challenges.

Idea Development: 
Over the course of the program, teams work together to develop ideas, select the best, and develop a refined pitch. Teams are mentored by experienced professionals in innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the process.

The program culminates with teams pitching their ideas to a judging panel of executive industry leaders at the exclusive Showcase Event.

Following the Showcase Event, teams are supported by industry leaders to present the ideas to their organisation or project team. To enable global collaboration, the Smart Seeds Community is invited to join the Greenhouse to progress their ideas through the innovation pipeline.

Who runs Smart Seeds?

Smart Seeds has grown from an internal innovation initiative run within GHD to become a global innovation program involving a range of public and private organisations in Australia, New Zealand, North America and the UK.

Since 2013, GHD has invited industry partners to help lead the program’s growth into new cities. GHD and partners are motivated to deliver the program for the benefit of young professionals, their organisations and the industries we are involved in to create new opportunities and lasting community outcomes.


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