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The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards

Ideas that can change the world for the better

At Unilever, we believe the world will only succeed in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals if we all start to think and work differently. Recognising and collaborating with a new generation of the world’s most brilliant young change-makers is just one of the many ways to do this.

That’s why, in 2013, we launched the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards in partnership with The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). These Awards are all about supporting and celebrating inspirational young people from all over the world with existing initiatives, products or services that are tackling some of the world’s social and environmental issues.

Record number of entries in 2018

The 2018 competition closed on 1 July. We received a record number of entries, 2,120 from across 150 countries to be exact! Thank you for taking the time to apply and for sharing the great work you are doing to tackle some of the world’s environmental and social challenges. The entrepreneurial mindset of youth is continually inspirational. And the truth is that many of the boldest and brightest ideas come from young social entrepreneurs, just like you. You are the changemakers who are challenging 'business as usual' and who are the future of sustainability. 

We are currently reviewing the entries and will be announcing the winners in September, followed by the overall HRH Prize Winner on 30 October 2018. Up to eight winners will get a boost to scale up and change the world. There’s over €100,000 up for grabs, along with tailored business mentoring services for 12 months provided by experts from Unilever and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. This ranges from business support and connections through to personal development coaching – whatever is most needed.

Winners also receive an all-expenses paid trip to Cambridge and London, UK to learn and connect with experts from CISL, Unilever and guest speakers over a five-day programme.

The power of collaboration

There’s more, we want to continue bringing together more entrepreneurs than ever to collaborate with big businesses – just like us – all under one roof. Imagine what we can achieve together. Intrigued? Join us!

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