Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2020: Unilever calls for Young African Entrepreneurs for an award worth €50,000 in 2020. This page contains details for past award winners, and how to enter for its 2020 version.
About the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2020
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.
Since the launch of the Awards in 2013, we’ve reached over 5,800 inspiring young sustainability entrepreneurs and their organisations 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.
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.
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, then we want to hear from you on the following categories:
1. IMPROVE PEOPLE’S HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
At Unilever, we want 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.
2. IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF THE PLANET
At Unilever, we are committed to improving the health of the planet as we grow our business by reducing the footprint of our products and preserving natural environments for the next generation. We are working to help our communities prosper and our planet flourish
3. 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
Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2019 WINNERS
Our 2019 winners have now been announced, please click the button below to see who they are!
How to Apply for Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2020
What to enter?
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.