The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2017 Are Now Open For Entry!

The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2017 Are Now Open For Entry!

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Image: 2015/2016 Winner Dr Sara Saed showcasing her initiative DoctHers at the 2016 Unilever Collective Action Event


We are back for another year! The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards, run in partnership with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and in collaboration with Ashoka are now live and open for entries for another year. Between 18th May – 30th June, we invite budding young (under 35) entrepreneurs tackling sustainability issues around Water, Women, Waste and Sustainable Agriculture to enter their ideas for a chance to win cash funding and mentoring support.

Don’t miss out on your chance to join our cohort of fantastic young entrepreneurs. Meet them here and enter your idea via the Unilever Awards website here.


About the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards

We are living in a world where temperatures are rising, water shortages are more frequent, food supplies are increasingly scarce and the gap between rich and poor is increasing. Populations are growing fast, making basic hygiene and sanitation even more of a challenge.

We can overcome these challenges and build a bright future for everyone, if we work together. But to do this, the world needs a plan. These Awards recognise 18 to 35 year olds who are putting ideas into action.

Why are we doing all this? We see a big opportunity: to support, inspire, reward and collaborate with a new generation of the world’s most brilliant young change-makers; innovators who are the future of sustainability. Imagine what we can achieve together.


Farm to Table

We are looking for inspiring entrepreneurs who are working on sustainable initiatives relating to food and drink production right through to consumption. Entrepreneurs who can demonstrate innovation that not only protects the planet’s natural resources, but will help to transform our food systems, offering a long-term approach that can create value and enhanced livelihoods for farmers, and ensure security of supply for the long-term.  However, it’s not all about sustainable agriculture - we also want to hear from entrepreneurs who are working in the area of food and drink consumption and nutrition. 

Opportunities for Women

We are looking for initiatives that help to tackle the discrimination and disadvantages millions of women face around the world. You might be working to help provide access to skills and training for women, and creating opportunities for women to actively, safely and fairly participate in the economy. Alternatively, you might be working on a micro-enterprise initiative to help women on low-incomes escape poverty.


We are looking for ingenious initiatives that help to tackle waste - to reduce, reuse or recycle waste throughout the pre-production, production and consumption lifecycle. Initiatives should demonstrate a clear business (financial), consumer (benefit) social and environmental case.


We are looking for solutions that conserve or reduce the amount of water used across communities, or during the extraction or cultivation of raw materials or through manufacturing processes. Perhaps you have an initiative that is helping people and organisations better manage access to water and adopt tools and behaviours which help them use less in the home or in a business? We are also 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.


  • The overall winner of the ‘HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize’ will receive a 50,000€ cash award and extended mentoring support tailored to their specific needs for 12 months.
  • The category winners will receive a 10,000€ cash award and mentoring support tailored to their specific needs for 12 months.
  • The category finalists will receive a 7,000€ cash award and mentoring support tailored to their specific needs for 12 months.


Competition opens on 18 May 2017 and closes at 12 midnight GMT on 30 June 2017. Visit (website will go live on 18 May)


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Contact [email protected] for more information.