The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards, 2018

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Are you working hard on an innovative solution, or know someone that is?

We’re looking for entries across eight key areas this year: Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, DDecent Work and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production and Climate Action.

About the Award
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.
Five years ago, the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards was initiated to recognise and support brilliant young innovators tackling the planet’s biggest environmental and social challenges, and to help them achieve scale for impact.
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Competition

Field(s)
We are looking for entries in the following areas: Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, DDecent Work and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production and Climate Action.

Benefits

1. 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.

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

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

4. The 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.

5. 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.

Eligibility

1. The competition is open to founders or co-founders, aged between 18 and 35 (as of 29 June 2018), of initiatives from any part of the world with the exception of those based in Russia, due to local data protection laws.

2. Initiatives must relate to one or more of the categories: Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production and Climate Action.

3. Entries must have grown beyond the idea stage to include actions the applicant has already taken – whether through informal networks, via an existing institution, or by creating a new enterprise.

4. 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.

5. Entries must be submitted in English.

6. If shortlisted, entrants will be required to submit further information in the form of a pitch deck OR business plan, and financial projections, by 21 August 2018 (further guidelines will be sent to shortlisted entries in the first week of August).

7. If shortlisted, entrants will be required to participate in a video call with a shortlisting panel on 11 or 12 September 2018.

8. If shortlisted as a finalist, entrants must be exclusively available to attend all parts of the accelerator programme in Cambridge, UK and subsequent Awards events in London, UK from 25 October to 31 October 2018. Unfortunately, inability to attend any part of the agenda due to a competing commitment will mean participants forfeit their place on the programme.

Deadline

June 29, 2018

Application Process

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.

To commence your application or nominate someone, click here

Do you need to be inspired? Then take a look at previous winners here
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