Deadline: June 30, 2019 00:00 CEST| Apply here
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Eligibility: The competition is open to founders or co-founders age 18 – 35 years. The competition is open to individuals from any part of the world, excluding Russia.
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Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2019

Unilever believes the world will only succeed in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals if we all start to think and work differently.

That means a real shift towards meaningful partnerships and collaboration across the whole range of players – from governments to NGOs, and big businesses to start-ups.

Imagine what we can achieve together

That’s why six years ago the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards was introduced to recognise and support brilliant young innovators tackling the planet’s biggest environmental and social challenges, and to help them achieve scale for impact.

Since the launch of the Awards in 2013, over 5,800 inspiring young sustainability entrepreneurs and their organisations have been reached and provided tailored support and funding to 37 winners.

From simple solutions with far reaching impacts for child nutrition, to ground breaking technologies to cut greenhouse emissions, these changemakers are challenging business as usual and leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Why participate?

Each year we provide up to eight winners with financial support to help them grow – with the overall winner of the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize receiving €50,000.

All winners attend a residential Accelerator Programme run by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, followed by a year of mentoring support completely tailored to their needs.

That could range from business support through to personal development coaching – whatever is most needed to help that entrepreneur and their business succeed. And where it’s right for both sides, we’ll support the entrepreneur to open doors and make new business connections – whether that’s within Unilever or elsewhere.


  • Improve people’s health and wellbeing

Unilever wants to help people all over the world take action to improve their health and well-being. Our approach encompasses physical and mental health, hygiene and nutrition.

  • Improve the health of the planet

Unilever is committed to improving the health of the planet as they grow their business by reducing the footprint of their products and preserving natural environments for the next generation. The company is working to help the communities prosper and our planet flourish.

  • Contribute to a fairer and more socially inclusive world

At Unilever, our business contributes to the economic livelihoods of many people and communities across our value chain. In developing and emerging markets, we have an even greater impact. Our supplier and distribution networks involve millions of smallholder farmers, distributors and retailers, many of whom are from diverse backgrounds across gender, ethnicity, age and ability.

The mission

We know that the world’s problems will only be solved with the ideas and talents of a new generation of leaders and future-makers who are challenging business as usual, and who are the future of sustainability. We see a big opportunity to support, inspire, reward and collaborate with them, to help them scale and grow – both as individuals and as enterprises.

So, if you are working on an innovative and scalable technology or initiative – or know someone who is – which is contributing to one or more of these three categories, you’re encouraged to apply.

Interested in applying for the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2019? Register your participation by following the application link and taking the suggested steps.

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