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CEO Weekends: Unilever Makes Partnerships To Fund The 2nd Sustainable Living Entrepreneurs Awards




Can you prove that what you are doing is helping to build a sustainable future? That’s a question that Unilever is asking all the youth.

This is why the company is asking, Unilever in partnership with Ashoka and the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability is inviting all youth of 30 years of age and below to come up with a practical and innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest sustainability challenges. Once they do that they are encouraged to take part in the second Sustainable Living Entrepreneurs Awards.

Seven stellar entrepreneurs will be awarded a total of more than €200,000 ($272,000) in financial support, in addition to mentoring, to help scale their services or applications. The competition seeks to provided resources and recognition to solutions based on one or more of the following nine categories:

  • Water, sanitation and hygiene
  • Nutrition
  • Water scarcity
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Waste
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Smallholder farmers
  • Opportunities for women
  • Micro-Enterprise
  • Tackling critical issues

Finalists will take part in a four-week online development program and a two-day accelerator workshop in Cambridge, U.K. before pitching to a panel of leading business and sustainability entrepreneurs in London.

Entries will be assessed on their level of innovation, measurable impact, financial sustainability and the overall leadership qualities of the entrepreneurship. The most influential entrepreneur will receive the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize.

Seven finalists will be announced in October, and the accelerator workshop and final judging will take place in January 2015

The competition deadline is August 1. To enter, submit your solutions online through the Ashoka Changemakers Platform.