APPLY- Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards

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The Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards, developed in partnership with the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, are looking for innovative yet practical, tangible solutions created by young people that help make sustainable living commonplace.

Young entrepreneurs (aged 30 or under) are invited to submit groundbreaking initiatives that tackle the challenge of sustainable living. Are you a young entrepreneur with a product, service, or application that could change a practice or behaviour to enable sustainable living? If so, enter your solution before 1 November, 2013.

A total of €200,000 in financial support and tailored mentoring will be awarded to the seven most impressive entries.

Sustainable living – a world where everyone lives well and lives within the natural means of the planet – doesn’t have to be a pipedream. If entrepreneurs develop sustainable ways of doing business, and people adapt to live and work in ways that secure our planet for future generations, we can make it a reality.

The Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards, developed in partnership with the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, are looking for innovative yet practical, tangible solutions created by young people that help make sustainable living commonplace.

The seven young entrepreneurs, 30 years and under, who submit the most impressive entries will receive funding and widespread recognition, as well as expert mentoring, customised to their individual needs, to help them take their projects from good to great.

The winning initiatives must involve products, services, or applications that have already had some success and that enable changes in practices or behaviours relating to sustainable living. They should cover one or more of the following categories:

  • water
  • sanitation and hygiene
  • nutrition
  • water scarcity
  • greenhouse gases
  • waste
  • sustainable agriculture
  • helping smallholder farmers

The Awards offer a total of more than €200,000 in financial support and tailored mentoring for finalists. Seven finalists will take part in a four-week online development programme followed by a two-day accelerator workshop at the University of Cambridge in the UK to help them further develop their ideas and receive professional guidance. This will be followed by a pitch to senior executives and leaders in sustainability, from which an overall winner will be chosen who will be presented with the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize at a prestigious dinner in London.

Eligibility:

  • The competition is open to individuals aged 30 years and under, from any part of the world
  • Entries must fall within one or more of the categories listed below

Assessment Criteria

  • Entries must have grown beyond the conceptual stage to include actions the applicant has already taken – whether through informal networks, via an existing institution, or by creating a new enterprise
  • Entries must involve products or practices that change behaviour to enable sustainable living
  • Entries cannot be accepted from current Unilever employees, nor can entries promote Unilever or its products
  • Entries must be submitted in English

Prizes:

One overall winner will receive the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize alongside a cash award of €50,000, and a tailored programme of advice and mentoring (worth €25,000).

Six finalists will also receive cash prizes of €10,000 along with mentoring support (worth €10,000).

All will benefit from exposure to a range of leading sustainability experts, entrepreneurs, and investors during the process. They will also receive recognition via Unilever’s global channels and the University of Cambridge’s network, as well as at a prestigious dinner in London in January 2014.

How to enter:

  • For advice about how to create a stronger entry, read these tips.
  • You must enter by 5:00pm GMT on 1 November, 2013.

Read more on the assessment Criteria here

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