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2019 Unilever Awards For Young Entrepreneurs

The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards can help you take your sustainability initiative, product or service to the next level. Take a look at what you need to know about the Awards this year. Then send us your entry!

We believe 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 we started the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards to recognise and support brilliant young innovators tackling the planet’s biggest environmental and social challenges, and to help them achieve scale for impact.

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, then we want to hear from you.

We’re looking for initiatives relating to one or more of the three categories we’re focusing on:

  • Improve people’s health and well-being
  • Improve the health of the planet
  • Contribute to a fairer and more socially inclusive world

Whether it’s with an initiative, product or service, if you’ve gone beyond the idea stage and started to make an impact, we want to hear from you.

Who can enter?

Anyone from around the world (excluding Russia), aged between 18 and 35 (as of 29 June 2019).

How to enter?

To submit your entry, you’ll need to create a profile and complete the application form. You’ll need to tell us all about your initiative’s story so far, and your vision for its future. The more you can share, the better.

About the prizes

The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards will recognise up to eight winners, including the HRH Prize Winner, in 2019. The eight winners will be selected from a rigorous assessment process led by The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, culminating in video interviews with our finalist selection panels. All eight winners will be invited to an Accelerator Programme in Cambridge, before making their final pitches in person to a guest judging panel who will decide on the HRH Prize Winner of the 2019 competition.

Winners will have a chance to practice their pitches during the Accelerator in Cambridge where they will work with experts from the University of Cambridge, Unilever and other inspirational speakers and guests.

The overall winner will receive the ‘HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize.’

All winners will attend a special prize event hosted in London.

  • The overall winner of the ‘HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize’ will receive a €50,000 cash award and one-to-one mentoring support tailored to their specific needs for a duration of 12 months.
  • The remaining winners will each receive a €8,500 cash award and one-to-one mentoring support tailored to their specific needs for a duration of 12 months.


The Young Entrepreneurs Awards open on 07 May 2019 until Sunday 30 June 2019, 23:59 BST.

If you are shortlisted to further stages, you must commit to sharing additional information by 11:59 BST on 21 August 2019 and to attending an online interview on 19 or 20 September 2019. In addition, the ‘elevator pitch’ you provide in the entry form may be made public, however all other parts of your entry will remain confidential.

If shortlisted as a winner, you must be exclusively available to attend all parts of the accelerator programme in Cambridge, UK and subsequent Awards events in London, UK from Sunday 24 November to Friday 29 November. Unfortunately, inability to attend any part of the agenda due to a competing commitment will mean participants forfeit their place on the programme.


For more information, visit https://youngentrepreneursawards.unilever.com/

For any questions please contact YoungEntrepreneurs.Awards@unilever.com