Apply for the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards (Up to €50,000)

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The Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards were launched in 2013 to inspire and support the innovation and creativity of young people who are responding to the greatest global challenges facing us today.

It is one significant way to inspire action—that is why the search is on for young innovators aged 35 or under that have already begun to address the challenges at the heart of the Global Goals.


In partnership with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), and in collaboration with Ashoka, Unilever is looking for innovative and scaleable technologies or initiatives that are contributing to one or more of the eight Global Goals identified as most relevant to their business and entrepreneurs.

This year, seven young entrepreneurs will receive a total of €200,000 in funding and support to help take their sustainable solutions to the next level. The prize package includes funding, customised expert mentoring support, access to an online business development programme, a two-day accelerator workshop at the University of Cambridge, and networking with senior executives and sustainability leaders at Unilever’s headquarters.

One entrepreneur will take home the greatest prize fund and be presented with the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize at an unforgettable event in London.

If your initiative is already helping people to live more sustainably and is ready to scale up to shape the better future described by the Global Goals, enter today! Help make this the generation that secures the health, safety and future of the planet for everyone on it.


Six finalists will each receive cash prizes of €10,000, along with support and mentorship (worth €10,000).
One winner will receive a €50,000 cash prize and will be awarded the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize at an event in London in Spring 2016 and €25,000 worth of support and mentoring.

All entrants will benefit from exposure to a range of leading sustainability experts, entrepreneurs and investors during the process, along with recognition via Unilever’s global channels and the networks of the University of Cambridge and Ashoka.


The competFind out moreition is open to individuals from any part of the world.
Applicants, or the the founder on whose behalf the applicant is applying, must be 18-35 years old at the time of entry.
Entrants are required to be the initiative’s founder, co-founder, or equivalent.
Initiatives must have grown beyond the conceptual stage—with the product, process, or enterprise already gaining traction among local communities or other markets.
Entries cannot be accepted from current Unilever employees.
Applications must be submitted in English. (The online programme, accelerator event and the pitch will all be delivered in English, and proficiency in written and oral English is required.)
Solutions must relate to one or more of the UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals):

Click here to learn more and apply

Application Deadline: November 18, 2015

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