Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Awards 2014

Water, Sanitation, Hygiene
We are seeking entrepreneurs with initiatives that address how to improve hygiene practices in any country, or offer an innovation to improve access to sanitation in remote areas.
Calling all young entrepreneurs with initiatives that help people to adopt—and stick to—healthier diets and lifestyles.
Water Scarcity
We are looking for solutions that conserve or reduce the amount of water used in agriculture or manufacturing, or those that help people use less water in the home or at work.
Greenhouse Gases
Have ways for society to reduce carbon footprints through innovation, new product development, cost efficiencies, or by adopting less carbon-intensive ways of living and working?
We're searching for innovators who are helping to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste throughout the pre-production, production, and consumption lifecycle.
Sustainable Agriculture
Protecting Earth's natural resources while creating value for farmers? Ensuring deforestation, land use, and social and community issues are managed responsibly. Take the sustainable living challenge.
SmallHolder Farmers
If you're helping smallholder farmers improve their practices, or improving their access to education, community support materials and tools, we're here to lend a hand.
Opportunities for Women
We are seeking initiatives that help to tackle the discrimination and disadvantages millions of women face around the world.
WANTED: young entrepreneurs who are helping people develop and grow small scale enterprises that benefit them and the communities in which they operate.

Building on the success of the 2013 AwardsUnilever once again invited young people to come up with practical and innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest sustainability challenges and enter them in the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards. 

Open to anyone aged 30 or under, Unilever was looking for scalable and sustainable products, services or applications that reduce environmental impacts, improve health and well-being or enhance livelihoods through changes in practices or behaviours.

The Awards, run in partnership with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), and in collaboration with Ashoka, offered seven young people a total of more than €200,000 in financial support and individually tailored mentoring. The overall winner also received the prestigious HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize.

All seven finalists took part in an online development programme and then participated in a two-day accelerator workshop at Cambridge University, UK, where expert help and professional guidance was provided to help them develop their ideas.


Competition Closed

  • Launch Date
    June 23, 2014
  • Entry Deadline
    August 1, 2014
  • Finalists Announced
    October 30, 2014
  • Winners Announced
    January 30, 2015
  • Competition Closed
Total value:
200 000
  • Six finalists will receive cash prizes of €10,000, along with support and mentorship (worth €10,000).
  • One winner will receive €50,000 cash prize and will be awarded the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize at a prestigious dinner event in London in January 2015 and €25,000 worth of support and mentoring.

All 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 global networks of the University of Cambridge and Ashoka.

How to enter:

For advice about how to create a stronger entry, read these tips.

Competition entries

Title Contributor Location
ReliefWatch Daniel Yu Tegucigulpa, Honduras



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