Unilever seeks young entrepreneurs to help make sustainable living commonplace

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Unilever has launched an international search to find the next generation of sustainable living entrepreneurs.

The Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Awards, open to anyone aged 30 years or under, is being run in partnership with the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL).

The overall winner will receive the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize.

The Awards are looking for innovative but practical, tangible solutions to help make sustainable living commonplace.

A total of more than €200,000 in financial support and individually tailored mentoring is on offer to help entrepreneurs develop and scale-up their initiatives.

Unilever seeks young entrepreneurs (Link opens in a new window) Seven finalists will take part in a four-week online development programme, followed by a two-day accelerator workshop in Cambridge, UK, to help develop their ideas.

The final step is a pitch to a panel of judges in London, drawn from the worlds of business, sustainability and entrepreneurs.

The winner and finalists will attend a prestigious dinner in London on 30 January 2014 at which the HRH The Prince of Wales Prize will be presented.

The Awards are looking for scalable and sustainable solutions in the form of products, services or applications that enable changes in practices or behaviours in one or more of seven categories:

  • Water, sanitation and hygiene

  • Nutrition
  • Water scarcity
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Waste
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Helping smallholder farmers.

“I believe that this award has the potential to be really exciting,” said Unilever CEO Paul Polman.

“Why?  Because it provides a focal point for the power and creativity of young entrepreneurs who want to help find solutions for some of the world’s most urgent issues.

“There is no better way to use our energy, innovation and resourcefulness than spending them trying to create a better future for all in a world we want.

“It is entirely fitting that we are working with the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership and its patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, who has been so clearly committed to enabling young people to fulfil their hopes and shape the future they deserve.”

Polly Courtice, LVO, Director of CPSL, added: “The decision by CPSL’s Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, to support a prize in his name, underlines the importance he attaches to developing the next generation of sustainability leaders.”

Entries must be submitted online via the Ashoka Changemakers Platform(Link opens in a new window) by 1 November. Finalists will be announced in December 2013, with the Cambridge Accelerator Workshop and final judging taking place in January 2014.