Course(s) Offered: Ideas / Initiatives
Course Level: Contest / Competition
Country to Contest from: Any country
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.
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.
Enter your initiative today!
The criteria for 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 (see 'Field of study')
- 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
Citizens of ANY country of the world
Any institution in the world (EXCEPT Unilever) - including informal networks, institutions, enterprises, etc
Fields of study
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:
- sanitation and hygiene
- water scarcity
- greenhouse gases
- sustainable agriculture
- helping smallholder farmers
The seven (7) most impressive entries will receive awards out of which an overall winner will be selected
The Awards offer a total of more than €200,000 in financial support and tailored mentoring for finalists.
The young entrepreneurs 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.
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.
One overall winner receives 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.
Method of Application
Interested? Wondering on 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.
Entrants will be assessed on three main criteria:
- Innovation: The best entries will demonstrate a creative approach to the challenge they tackle and the solution they propose. This innovation may comprise new products or practices, or new applications or hybrid combinations of existing tools. The initiative does not have to involve inventing something entirely new, but entries should describe how they are driven by original, ground-breaking ideas.
- Measurable Impact: Entries should explain how the initiative delivers positive social, economic, and/or environmental impact, using both quantitative and qualitative data. The best projects will tackle a significant sustainability issue, and will have the potential to make a big difference by being expanded to new markets, sectors, or geographies.
- Financial Sustainability: Entries should have a clear plan for reaching long-term goals and securing financial backing—they should describe not only how they currently finance their work, but also how they plan to finance it in the future. The strongest entries will outline how their solution can be sustained without reliance on philanthropic donations or aid for core funding.
- The leadership qualities of the entrepreneur, including how effectively they are able to engage with relevant communities and stakeholders to realise the potential of the solution
- The contribution that the awards process and prizes will make to the success of the initiative
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
- Water scarcity
- Greenhouse Gases
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Smallholder Farmers
Please read the Welcome Letter to learn more about the search, and visit the Guidelines & Criteria page for more information on how to enter (see below for link to these information).
Applications must be submitted online through the Changemakers website (see below for link) between 2 September and 1 November, 2013.
Seven finalists will be announced during the week of November 18. All finalists will be required to join online sessions beginning in December 2013 to develop their ideas and build their networks.
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For general questions and support submitting an application, or to nominate an innovator, please contact Sobel (Africa) firstname.lastname@example.org; Indrani (Asia) email@example.com; Isabela (Brazil) firstname.lastname@example.org; ThienVinh (Europe & South Africa) email@example.com; Leandro (Latin America) firstname.lastname@example.org; or Jen (North America) email@example.com.
Application Deadline: 1 November 2013
Open to International Applicants: Yes
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