The Sustainable Development Goals were designed in order to solve the world’s most evident problems and it is our responsibility to act in a way that aids in achieving this goal. As a response to that, the Unilever Young Entrepreneur Award has been conducted in order to invite applications from young innovators that help in tackling the world’s problems. Since the launch of this award in 2013, they have been able to reach over 5,800 inspiring young sustainability entrepreneurs and provided tailored support and funding to 37 winners.
This year, they have focused on entrepreneurs that have been implementing ideas that address these issues:
- Improve people’s health and well being.
- Improve health of the planet.
- Contribute to a fairer and more socially inclusive world.
A total of 8 winners will be selected who will get funding and mentorship to grow their company. Out of these, an overall winner of the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize will be selected who will receive €50,000.
- 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.
- 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.
- It is open to founders or co founders aged between 18-35 as of 29 June, 2019 from any part of the world except that of Russia because of their local data protection laws.
- The initiatives must fall under one of the three above mentioned issues.
- The company must have been implemented and grown beyond the conceptual stage.
- Entries cannot be accepted from current Unilever employees, nor can entries promote Unilever or its products. However, the entrepreneur may have worked with Unilever in the past or may be working with Unilever currently as a third-party supplier.
- If shortlisted as a winner, entrants must be able to attend all the events of the accelerator programme in Cambridge, UK and subsequent Awards events in London, UK from Sunday 24 November to Friday 29 November. If not, the participant will have to forfeit their place on the programme.
- Entries must be submitted in English.
Deadline: 30th June, 2019
Winner announcement: September, 2019
For more information, visit Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards.