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Support for young innovators tackling environmental and social challenges (Cash Grants & Trip to London)

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The Unilever Awards for Young Entrepreneurs is on the hunt for solutions that are tackling some of the planet’s social and environmental challenges.

Through these awards, it seeks to recognize and support young innovators tackling environmental and social challenges.

Since the launch of the Awards in 2013,  3,500 inspiring young sustainability entrepreneurs and their organisations, have been reached and have been providing tailored support and funding to 29 winners.

From simple solutions with far-reaching impacts for child nutrition, to groundbreaking technologies to cut greenhouse emissions, these changemakers are challenging business as usual and leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Each year the award provides 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.

The world’s problems will only be solved with the ideas and talents of a new generation of leaders and changemakers who are challenging business as usual, and who are the future of sustainability.There is 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 eight categories, then we want to hear from you.

Prize Categories

Zero Hunger

Sustainable Development Goal 2 aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Good Health and Well-being

Sustainable Development Goal 3 aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages.

Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all, and promote lifelong learning.

Gender Equality

Sustainable Development Goal 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Clean Water and Sanitation

Sustainable Development Goal 6 aims to ensure access to water and sanitation for all.

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Sustainable Development Goal 8 is all about promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and employment and decent work for all.

Responsible Consumption and Production

Sustainable Development Goal 12 aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Climate Action

Sustainable Development Goal 13 aims to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Prize Benefits

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.

Deadline to apply: 29 June 2018

For more information, visit this link.

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