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Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2019

Application Deadline: June 30, 2019

The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards can help you take your sustainability initiative, product or service to the next level. Take a look at what you need to know about the Awards this year.

Unilever believes 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. That’s why six years ago they 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.

Each year they 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, they’ll support the entrepreneur to open doors and make new business connections – whether that’s within Unilever or elsewhere.

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 the eight categories, then they want to hear from you.


United Kingdom


  • The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards will recognise up to eight winners, including the HRH Prize Winner, in 2019.
  • The eight winners will be selected from a rigorous assessment process led by The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, culminating in video interviews with finalist selection panels.
  • All eight winners will be invited to an Accelerator Programme in Cambridge, before making their final pitches in person to a guest judging panel who will decide on the HRH Prize Winner of the 2019 competition.
  • 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.
  • The overall winner will receive the ‘HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize.’
  • All winners will attend a special prize event hosted in London.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The booking and cost of travel to the UK (including economy class flights) and accommodation will be covered by the competition. The cost of visas (if applicable) will also be covered, however applicants must manage the visa application process.


  • The competition is open to founders or co-founders, aged between 18 – 35 years (as of 29th June, 2019), of initiatives from any part of the world with the exception of those based in Russia, due to local data protection laws.
  • Initiatives must relate to one or more of the following categories: (1) Improve people’s health and well-being, (2) Improve the health of the planet and (3) Contribute to a fairer and more socially inclusive world.
  • Initiatives must have grown beyond the idea stage—with the product, process, or enterprise already gaining traction among local communities or other markets.
  • Entries can be accepted from entrepreneurs who have entered previous Unilever competitions, worked with Unilever in the past or may be working with Unilever currently as a third-party supplier. But entries cannot be accepted from current Unilever employees, nor can entries promote Unilever or its products.
  • Applications must be submitted in English.
  • If shortlisted to further stages, entrants must commit to sharing additional information by 10:59 UTC on 23rd August, 2019. In addition, the ‘elevator pitch’ that entrants provide in the entry form may be made public, however all other parts of their entry will remain confidential.
  • Only individual entries are accepted. If entrants’ initiative has multiple founders, only one person can enter the competition. If shortlisted, this person should be available to participate in a video call on 19th (Thursday) or 20th September, 2019 (Friday) and be exclusively available to attend the accelerator programme in Cambridge, UK and subsequent events in London, UK from Sunday 24th November (Sunday) to 29th November, 2019 (Friday).
  • Unfortunately, inability to attend any part of the agenda due to a competing commitment will mean participants forfeit their place on the programme.

Eligible Regions: Open for All (Excluding Russia).


  • To submit your entry, you’ll need to create a profile and complete the application form.
  • You’ll need to tell all about your initiative’s story so far, and your vision for its future. The more you can share, the better.
  • Apply online through the given link.


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