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Finalists Announced! 7 Young Entrepreneurs Invited to Pitch at Unilever

After seven months reviewing 927 entries from 99 countries on six continents, our panel of experts from Unilever, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and Ashoka have selected the top seven sustainability solutions. Each will win €10,000, a place on a bespoke accelerator programme in Cambridge, and the chance to pitch to a panel of judges at Unilever HQ in London next month.

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KOFAr manufactures and sells natural soil conditioners and processed vegetative compost that reverses soil acidity, unlocks nutrients increases microbial activity and boosts moisture retention in rural Kenya.

Ecofiction Challenge

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Change our stories to create change! Ecofiction Challenge dares communities to imagine and write stories set in a sustainable version of where they live, ecologically and economically sustainable. 5 writers or a whole town! Contests in Feb/March, stories readable online by April 22, Earth Day.


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The project Boron aims to make the access to clean energy easier and satisfy the basic needs of heating and cooking by offering a wide range of products that reduce effectively toxic emissions and last longer than traditional charcoal.


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GreenLoo provides a public health service: it is a portable dry toilet that targets rural areas that suffer from the lack of sanitation. It also uses the human waste (urine and feces) and transforms it into a fertilizer throughout a simple process.

Businesses for Biodiversity

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We are loosing Biodiversity at a very high rate. Businesses have high impact and dependency on Biodiversity. The idea is to proactively engage with the businesses, to build their capacity, to enable them and their value chains, in reducing their impacts on Biodiversity.

Adaptavate's Breathaboard

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Adaptavate beleive that there is a better way of making building materials. That is why we are focussing our energy on completely re-thinking and re-designing how the new generation of building materials are made. We are developing bio based building materials that are better for people and planet.


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By using a cleaning method without the usage of water Book-n-Wash proposes to reduce service costs, consequently reducing the RRP price for the service in question. In Africa, the main goal is also to attract younger people, to lead them out of the streets and teach some techniques